Humanitarian Supplies

The goal of Hope Through Opportunity is to not merely keep people alive through providing items like blankets, clothing and medicine but to provide items that will give people an opportunity for a livelihood.

Any Item you can conceive of has the power to change people Lives!

Hammer = a job
Blankets = warmth = health
PVC pipes = water = food = health
Wheelchairs and crutches = Mobility
Clothing = self-esteem = health = job = education
Pens, pencils, paper = written record = education
Bicycles = transportation = communication = exercise
Toothbrushes = health
Computers = Knowledge, information, communication
Shoes = job = health

From the founding of Hope through opportunity it was very apparent that there were many needs to be addressed.  One way to make a big change quickly was to send supplies. HTO started sending containers in 1998. Some of the 40 foot containers, contain supplies for daily life.  Others contain medical supplies, including medicines.  Each year HTO brings humanitarian supplies of educational materials, medical supplies, wheelchairs, crutches, climbing gear, clothing and shoes, blankets/bedding, tools, building materials, bicycles, etc. to the Kilimanjaro region. These goods are spread throughout the local orphanages, churches, hospitals and villages.  The purpose of these items is to promote health, education and self-sufficiency.  All the items are directly distributed by HTO volunteers to the people of Tanzania.

How it Works

Collecting supplies and preparing to ship a container takes months of hard work and preparation.  Donations are solicited and then brought to the home of the founder Alice Hiatt.  Here they are sorted, bagged and inventoried.  Those going to the village are marked with a V and an H is written on supplies going to the hospital.  Yes, donations are inventoried.  It is used for the Bill of Lading, a legal document detailing the contents, quantity and destination of items being shipped.  A 40’ cargo container is rented and brought to Alice’s home.  It is then filled and shipped out of the Port of Oakland.  The cost to ship it is $15,000.  It arrives at the Port of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and passes through customs.  The container is then trucked to Huruma Hospital.  Goods for the hospital remain there and the rest is loaded onto a cattle truck and delivered to Mbahe village.

The distribution of donations is a well thought out event.  It is never a free for all.  Alice Hiatt spends part of every year in Tanzania.  Through her own interactions and by closely working with the local people, donations are distributed according to need.  In fact, during the period of collecting things back in California, Alice is thinking of specific items needed for specific people or places.  Most of the time she is on the other end when the container arrives to see that these items reach the intended recipient.  You’ll notice in photos that Alice is there every step of the way.  A great deal of consciousness goes into meeting the needs of individuals and the community.

What is needed for a container?

Dream come true items

PVC pipes
Working laptops
Refrigerator, for medicines
Shipping container, it can be used as part of the hospital
Shipping discount
Brand new motorcycle, must be never used, no liquids, due to shipping restrictions
Sewing machines and materials, zippers, snaps etc…
Bags, bottles and containers

What Not to Donate

Desktop computers
Broken electronics
Broken anything
Vehicles except unused never filled with fluids
Short shorts or skirts, thongs and suggestive clothing. Underwear ok!

Tools of Hope

Medical Supplies and Medicine:
Non-expired, unopened meds and antibiotics (Alice is a Registered nurse and can carry them), bandages every kind, syringes, gloves, medicinal Herbal teas  (sleep, stomach, breathing, colds, etc.), children’s Tylenol/Motrin/Advil, children’s Cold/Flu Medicines

Gently Used Clothing:
Shoes (tennis, sandals, boots all sizes and shoe laces), socks (very important), fleece jackets and pants (gets cold on the mountain), clothing for children, women and men, underwear

School Supplies:
Pens, pencils, crayons, pads of paper, chalk, blank journals, composition books or notebooks, small English dictionaries (pictures are helpful), printer paper, office supplies

Household and Miscellaneous Items:
Blankets (any size), bedding – sheets and pillowcases, towels, Kitchenware of all kinds, small toys for children, bottles, jars, plastic containers, toothbrushes, hygiene items, candles, cleaning supplies -no chemicals, soap like Zote is perfect, stoves

Tools for Self-sufficiency
Having tools like just a shovel or a paint brush can provide work for someone.  This can be for building, tourism or sewing and so on.  Specialized items appreciated.
Sleeping bags, tents, tent poles, climbing gear, backpacks, garden tools, building tools, power tools, hand tools – hammers, screw drivers and so forth, work gloves, water bottles, flashlights, batteries, bags, PVC, wood, wire, nails, screws, working laptops, good tires

Sewing Supplies:
Whenever a snap, zipper or button breaks items are not just easily replaced but need to be repaired. There is a special need for zippers, grommets and other items to repair goodsMaterials of all kinds are needed.  For example sturdy canvas for seats, lightweight waterproof for tents, cloth for uniforms.  Having these materials means a job.
Scissors, thread, needles, pins, cloth/material etc.

Not sure?  Don’t hesitate to ask.