The only primary school in the area, Ponta Mamoli Primary School, needs support. The 80 children, from ages 5 through 16 years old, are eager to learn, however, the classrooms are bare with holes in the floor and have minimal books and writing materials.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
(English and Portuguese) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English and Portuguese) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Portuguese) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Portuguese) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.