Yellow Bird Hotel


The Aunty Olga Memorial School Aid Programme is a celebration of the life and times of Barbados’ well-known philanthropist, the late Dame Olga Lopes-Seale, who spent her life taking care of the less fortunate children on the island. Variety AOM School Aid Programme has pledged to ensure that her legacy lives on in the back to school program, which was the program that was most dear to her.

At the beginning of every school year, the program ensures that children whose parents experience financial difficulties are not disadvantaged by not having the necessary uniforms, bags, shoes and stationery to begin a new school year.

Yellow Bird Hotel is excited to be a part of this initiative which assists in providing assistance to ten (10) local schools that cater to children with special needs. We would like to thank you in advance for your gift of general school supplies that will assist in fostering the minds of these special children on our island.
Please leave the items you brought with our front desk team and we will deliver your donation.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators,*Stationary, and Wide-ruled Paper

Reference Materials:
(French and Spanish) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and USB Cables

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets, Connect Four, Scrabble, and Puzzles

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Fabric Scissors, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Tape Measures, Thread, Watercolor Paints and Brushes, Wire Cutters, and Wool

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 28, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

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.