Unfortunately giving materially is difficult for Arise Africa because of the very limited space we are allowed in baggage on airlines to get supplies over to Zambia. Although we always need children's clothes, school supplies, and other materials in Zambia we cannot always get them there.
We try to purchase in the country of Zambia as much as possible to help local shopkeepers and boost the Zambian economy. If we purchase from a local, then they are able to support their family as well. We feel that this is our responsbility and even though we are given free things in America from generous donors, we must first look at what will help the country of Zambia first. We are very careful about the items we are willing to ship to Zambia. We also are careful about the limited space we have in luggage when individuals are traveling to Zambia. One of the major ways to help eliminate poverty is to provide jobs and we do just the opposite when we don't buy and support locally in Zambia.
If you would like to donate material donations to Arise Africa we ask you to help pay the shipping costs as well. Although we wish there were a way around this there isn't. To ship a UHAUL grand wardrobe box to Zambia it costs $400 USD. We ship things to Zambia and have a company that does it for us in Dallas.
Please note that Arise Africa does not have any pick up locations other than Fort Worth and Dallas. If you do not live in these areas it would be your responsbility to get the items to that city either by shipping them to us or driving them.
If you are interested in donating to Arise Africa and want to financially help with the shipping here is what we will ship over to Zambia:
- Childrens Clothes - All sizes and types, no ski clothes or bathing suits please
- Childrens Shoes - Either brand new or in very good condition
- School Supplies - pencils, crayons, markers, coloring pencils, rulers, chalk, tape, rubber bands, staplers, pens, scissors
- Bibles - kids Bibles and adult Bibles
- Soccer balls
- Towels, blankets, and twin size sheets
- Kids Books
- Backpacks in good condition
Please email Alissa if you wish to discuss donation material posessions to Arise Africa and help pay for shipping.