UniKids’ Year-End Update 2019

Dear Supporter:
Our team would like to THANK YOU for your love and support throughout this year. Your school supplies donations and your generous financial giving have been monumental in making this year a success! With your help, we were able to raise about $3,500 that is set to cover the shipping cost of school supplies in 2020.
The 2,500 lbs of school supplies we collected this year, have found a good home in different parts of the world. Here is our update:


Through our partnership with OnePupil Ethiopia, a US based public charity that strives to support children in rural schools in Ethiopia. The organization is established by a team of volunteers to support children in rural schools in Ethiopia attend primary education and strive to reduce the number of children dropping out of school before reaching secondary school. Through this collaboration, we were able to ship about 1,000 lbs of school supplies to be distributed to schools in rural areas of Ethiopia. 


Our collaboration with Concerned People for New Haiti (CPNH) has allowed us to provide school supplies for a second year. Organizations like CPNH work towards rebuilding their communities while trying to recover from continuous difficulties. In August, we shipped about 500 lbs of school supplies. Through CPNH’s backpack program, they fill the backpacks with school supplies and provide a year of supplies to the students. We hope that we will alleviate some of the issues by donating school supplies to students in need.


We have a strong partnership with Michael Lapsley Foundation in Ghana whose mission is to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged by addressing their educational and social development needs through provision of resources, information and training. Through this collaboration, we were able to ship about 1,000 lbs of school supplies that is aimed to reach four schools in different parts of Ghana. Our partner organization vets these schools to ensure that they fulfill our requirements and to make sure they understand Unikids’ missions and goals. We thank the Executive Director and Founder of Michael Lapsley Foundation,  Ernest Ankomah Kyeremeh, for his outstanding work in making sure that the delivery and distribution was done seamlessly. 
We will not be able to accomplish these success stories without the support from you. Again, we thank you!

Senait Mareligne
Director, UniKidswww.unikids.org

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UniKids, a 501©3 non-profit organization in Louisville, KY, provides gently used and new school supplies to students in orphanages and underprivileged families in developing countries.

Shipping Status to Ethiopia – 2019

So so so excited!!!! 

On June 5, 2019, we dropped off (at a shipping terminal) about 900 lb. of school supplies heading to Ethiopia via our partner organization Temari Ethiopia (One Pupil). 

The school supplies are donated by the following schools: 

  1. Louisville Collegiate School – http://www.loucol.com/
  2. St. Albert The Great School – http://www.stalbertscatholicschool.org/
  3. Our Savior Lutheran School – https://oslslouisville.com
  4. Christian Academy of Louisville – http://caschools.us/
  5. Ascension School – https://www.ascension-parish.com
  6. St. Francis School – https://www.stfrancisschool.org/
  7. Sacred Heart Academy – http://www.sacredheartschools.com/academy
  8. Kentucky Country Day School – http://www.kcd.org
  9. Frederick Douglas Academy II – GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance) Club in New York – http://fda2.net/
  10. Westport Village – https://westportvillage.com/ in partnership with St. Albert The Great School

To our supporters and donors, we thank you for your continued donations both in school supplies and in monetary funds. 

Thank you so much for your support!

Senait Mareligne – Founder/Director




UniKids, a 501©3 non-profit organization in Louisville, KY, provides gently used and new school supplies to students in orphanages and underprivileged families in developing countries.

End of Year – Collection Drive – 2019

We kicked off our 2019 school supplies collection drive with the following schools pledging to participate. We are looking forward to an exciting school supplies collection year!!

Please email me smareligne@unikids.org if you would like to donate school supplies this year.

The collected school supplies will be donated to students in Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, and Haiti for the year 2019.

  1. Louisville Collegiate School – http://www.loucol.com/
  2. St. Albert The Great School – http://www.stalbertscatholicschool.org/
  3. Our Savior Lutheran School – https://oslslouisville.com
  4. Christian Academy of Louisville – http://caschools.us/
  5. Ascension School – https://www.ascension-parish.com
  6. St. Francis School – https://www.stfrancisschool.org/
  7. Sacred Heart Academy – http://www.sacredheartschools.com/academy
  8. Jennifer Kove Swanson – Representing schools in Indiana
  9. Westport Village – https://westportvillage.com/ in partnership with St. Albert The Great School

Students in Uganda expressing their thanks!

School Supplies Donated in Peru – June 2018

UniKids Helped Students in Peru – June 2018

Whenever we get the opportunity to provide school supplies to those in need, we get excited to add to the list of our recipient schools. This time, a group of students, including my daughter, visited Peru in June with the guidance of Mrs. Shannon Kederis,  Advanced World Geography teacher at duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY.

Below is Mrs. Kederis’ summary of the school supplies donation process.

The trips to the schools, I would say, was one of the highlights of the entire trip.  It was arranged for us to go to 2 schools.  An upper-grade level school in Lima and a lower grade school in Cuzco.

We decided to deliver the school supplies to the first school because it would eliminate the subsequent cost to ship the two boxes on several more flights.  I suppose you heard that Delta covered the cost of the shipping of both boxes from Louisville to Lima (so nice!!)

Carlos Pareja Paz Soldan was the school that received the school supplies.  In the pictures, you will only see boys.  Apparently, the girls go to school earlier in the day because they go home and help with the chores and younger siblings. We arrived in the afternoon and it was mostly just boys.  But nonetheless – it was a huge success.  One of the older boys told one of our students it was the first time he had ever seen an American.

They were excited to receive the supplies and it was a great opening to starting a conversation between our students and theirs.   By delivering these supplies, it gave our students a rare opportunity to engage with others, like themselves in a completely different environment.   After the distribution and conversation, all the students went out to the soccer field – it was amazing to watch!  Even the Peruvian teachers were out there playing.  They also played basketball.

Thank you so much to Unikids for providing not only much-needed school supplies for these students in Peru but for allowing it to be an avenue of exchange and friendship between young people of two completely different cultures.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and please feel free to use any / all the photos and anything I have said in this email.  If there is anything else whatsoever that you need from me, please, let me know. Again, thank you!!

We would like to give our gratitude to Mrs. Shannon Kederis, her husband, George, the chaperon teachers, the students, and the guides in Peru for giving the students such an awesome experience.

Let the giving continues. Your continued financial support means that we will be able to reach more students in the coming year. Thank you for your continued school supplies and monetary donation.

Senait Mareligne, Founder


School Supplies for US Virgin Islands

We have been provided with the following list of school supplies that are needed by the school in the US Virgin Islands. The Island was hit by last year’s hurricane and this school has been seriously affected as a result. Your support this year would mean the 200 students they serve will have continued supplies of educational materials. If you are not able to donate the school supplies, will you consider a monetary donation to help us with the shipping cost of the school supplies?

For a monetary donation, please Click Here.

For School supplies donation, please see the list below and contact me smareligne@unikids.org or 502.235.8682 to arrange to pick up/drop off.

  • Many easel style whiteboards
  • Small, lap size whiteboards
  • Expo markers & erasers
  • Sharpie markers (fine point, regular, extra-large)
  • Graphing display calculators
  • Cork boards
  • Post -It; various sized packs of colors
  • Post-It flags
  • Thermal laminating pouches 8 7/8″ x 11 3/8 “
  • 120 composition books-wide ruled Priority
  • 120 composition books-college ruled Priority
  • 120 graph ruled composition books-4 squares per inch Priority
  • Pencils-pre-sharpened, #2, soft lead yellow barrel Priority
  • Tri-fold display boards (black and white)
  • Binder clips-assorted sizes
  • Flash drives
  • Banker boxes

Thank you so much for your continued support. We can’t do all that we do without your help.

You are highly appreciated!

Senait Mareligne, Director, UniKids

UniKids, a 501©3 non-profit organization in Louisville, KY, provides gently used and new school supplies to students in orphanages and underprivileged families in developing countries.

The behind story – school supplies recipients

 Dear Supporters:

The story behind some of our school supplies recipients in Ghana.

Part of the school supplies shipped to Ghana in 2017 where donated to Aswaj Academy. A school located in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. The school was set up to support the Zongo community. The term Zongo refers to an area whereby predominantly Muslim community lives.

There are over 300 pupils in the school. According to the headmaster of the School Mr. Misban Osman, on average the girls are a little ahead of boys in terms of academic performances. We decided to donate the items to girls to encourage the girl child education in the Zongo communities across Ghana.

How you can help:

Monetary donation via PayPal (UniKids is a PayPal Verified Charity): PayPal Donation

To Donate school supplies: Donate School Supplies

Thank you for your continued support.

For more information, contact Senait Mareligne at 502.235.8682 or email at smareligne@unikids.org.

Thank you.

UniKids Team


UniKids’ 2018 Give-a-Day Week

Dear Supporters:

We are kicking off 2018 school supplies collection drive by participating in The Mayor’s Give-a-day week in Louisville, KY – April 14 to April 22. This is an opportunity for those in Louisville to help us with our school supplies and fund collection drive and for out of state supporters to help us monetarily to cover the cost of shipping the school supplies to students in orphanages and low-income families in Ghana, Ethiopia, the Philippines, and other developing countries.

Here is the link to register and to support UniKids: http://mygiveaday.com/.  

Here is how:

Go to: http://mygiveaday.com
Select “volunteer for an existing project” – Scroll down to “advanced search”
Enter KEYWORD “school supplies” at “volunteer opportunity keyword
Click search – Click on the opportunity link “School Supplies Collection Drive”
Scroll down to “Register for this opportunity”

Ways to help:
Donate School Supplies: we need elementary and middle school supplies. For example:
Crayons – Colored Pencils – Markers – Rulers – Erasers – Scissors – Backpacks – Glue Sticks – Sharpeners – Pencil Boxes – Workbooks -Coloring Books – Folders – Index Cards

Monetary donation via PayPal (UniKids is a PayPal Verified Charity): PayPal Donation

Your donation of any amount will help us deliver the supplies collected to students in our local community and to those in developing countries.

Your support of any kind is highly appreciated! Thank you.

If you have any questions, please call me at 502-235-8682 or email me smareligne@unikids.org.

Senait Mareligne
UniKids Inc.

Thank you Note – Humana

Last September, the StratCom Culture Club at Humana, Louisville, KY organized a collection drive to help UniKids. They collected and donated crayons, colored pencils, markers, rulers, erasers, scissors, folders, etc. We are so happy to have received these school supplies. Our special thanks goes out to our supporter and donor Tonya Donahue for coordinating this effort. Students in developing countries will be benefiting from the donations we received from the culture club. Thank you!