News Update

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 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

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:  

Here is how:

Go to:
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

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!

IUS Adult Center – Thank you!


Donation Received

We would love to give our thanks to  Kimberly D. Pelle of Indiana University Southeast. She coordinated the annual Ethiopian coffee ceremony and continued to introduce UniKids to the Adult Student Center. As part of the collection drive, we have received the school supplies and the funds raised to cover the cost of shipping to students in developing countries. Thank you!


Press Release


Senait Mareligne, Director



LOUISVILLE, KY – May 18, 2011

A campaign to provide students in orphanages and low-income families in Ethiopia and other developing countries has called on schools in Louisville, KY to get involved in the cause.

UniKids, a not-for-profit organization founded by native Ethiopian and Louisville resident Senait Mareligne, collects gently used and new school supplies and books from area schools and ships to Ethiopia, The Gambia, and other developing countries.

Many families struggle to equip their children with the necessary school supplies they need to pursue their education. They face difficulty to even buy the children the basic paper, pen, and pencil. However, the children are committed as they get up every morning and go to school.

UniKids goal is to boost these students learning desire by adding color and excitement to their learning experience. Our goal is for each student to have crayons, coloring pencils, coloring papers, markers, etc at their disposal and help them expand their imagination.

School supplies collection drive is going on through out the month of May to engage as many schools as possible before the end of the school year. So far, six area schools are committed to involve their students in the drive and donate school supplies and books.

The goal is to reach to ten schools where UniKids will be able to collect enough supplies to support about 500 students in orphanages and low-income families in Ethiopia.

For more information, call 502.235.8682 or visit

Find us on UniKids Face book Page.


Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at IUS

A year ago, I met Kimberly Pelle through our common friend Grace Pau. Since she learned about UniKids, Kim has been finding ways to collect school supplies and raise funds to help us reach our goals.

In the fall of last year, she already rallied her co-workers at Indiana University Southeast (IUS) to collect boxes of school supplies and to raise about $250. She donated these to UniKids on behalf of the Adult Students’ Center at IUS.

With Yvonne Bagshaw and Kimberly Pelle

Kim’s enthusiasm to help UniKids continued this year. Along with her colleague Yvonne Bagshaw, Kim dedicated a table for UniKids to collect school supplies and raise funds.

In addition, as part of the University’s International week, Kim invited me to present Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony to the Adult Student Center on November 14, 2012.

I brought in with me the traditional coffee display along with the coffee pot, roasted barley and even popcorn just the way it is presented in Ethiopia. We brewed Ethiopian coffee and used the clay pot to serve. The students enjoyed the whole process, which traditionally will take about an hour or so. They experienced coffee drinking from a small cup called Siniy and learned the process of drinking in three steps, namely, Abol, Tona, & Bereka. The adult students had many questions to ask while enjoyed authentic Ethiopian coffee.


Kim pouring coffee

Kim learned quickly and became a professional at pouring coffee from the pot.

It was such a great experience to everyone who participated and it was such a pleasure for me to be able to share my culture with such a great crowd. I look forward to next year’s event…what could the theme be?

A big thank you to Kim and Yvonne for their continued support. A great thank you also to those who donated school supplies, made monetary donation, and participated at the coffee ceremony.

Senait Mareligne

folk tale greedy dog

Ethiopian Folk Tale: THE GREEDY DOG

For generations, Ethiopian stories such as this, with their perceptive wit and useful lessons, have been used to entertain and instruct young children.

I am sharing these folk-tales from the collection of stories by author Shlomo Bachrach, 1967. 

A folk tale always starts with the teller saying “Teret Teret” and the kids saying “YeLam Beret“.

The Greedy Dog

Tadesse lived near the town of Ambo. He lived with his parents. He took care of his father’s sheep. Every day, he took the sheep to the field. His dog went with him. The dog was a good companion. He was very helpful. He helped Tadesse take care of the sheep. In the morning, the dog helped take the sheep to the field. In the evening, he helped bring the sheep home. The dog was a good worker, but he was also very greedy. He wanted everything for himself. 

One day, the dog stole some meat from the house. He ran away with it. Soon he came to a river. Over the river there was a bridge. As the dog crossed the bridge, he looked down at the water. He noticed his reflection in the water. He thought that it was another dog with more meat. At first, he was frightened by it. Then the greedy dog wanted the other piece of meat. He jumped into the water to get it. When he jumped into the water, he dropped his own piece of meat. He couldn’t find the other dog or the other piece of meat in the water.

“Oh!” he said. “It was a trick. There is nothing here.” Then he said happily, “I still have my own piece of meat.”

He looked for it but it was gone. “Now I have nothing,” he cried. In this way the dog learned a lesson. It is not good to be greedy.

The End!

Senait Mareligne


School Supplies Collection – Our Savior Lutheran School

The fun of collecting school supplies has begun…

After the Mayor Give-a-Day week kick-off in April, we continued to build a relationship with more schools so students can donate their gently used and new school supplies. Our first stop was Our Savior Lutheran School. This is the school where both my kids went until grade 8. They adored their teachers and the community. OSLS teachers and staff have always been supportive of UniKids and each year, I have been stopping by the last day of school to collect what the students donated.

Students in the Philippines – 2016 school supplies recipients

Today, even if it was raining, Gilles (my other half) and I went to the school to collect while the students are gathered at the chapel for their graduation ceremony with family. The hallway was quiet as we pushed the cart from classroom to classroom. We finished our collect by the 7th-grade classroom. 8th-grade students normally are gone (already graduated) and they don’t seem to have a thing left to donate 🙂

The amount donated this year, I have to say, is quite low for a couple of reasons, I think. One is that I forgot to drop off labeled boxes in each classroom ahead of time and two, the fact that I am not an OSLS parent anymore, I didn’t get a chance to personally rally the teachers to make time to help with the donation. However, beggars don’t choose and I am grateful for the amount donated. Next year, I will be better prepared as I know for sure that OSLS students are givers and they will do more if prompted well. I want to thank the principal, Mr. Wrucke, the school office administrator Tracy Hannon, all the teachers, students, and parents.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Senait Mareligne