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Project #1

The Boys Shelter Higuey was founded 14 years ago by a caring family. Since then, over 40 boys have come to the shelter, received an education, and also been provided good nutriment. Not all of the boys at the shelter are orphans; some simply have families that are not able to provide good care for their sons.

This shelter is a life-changing chance for these boys to get good education and learn helpful skills, which they can then use later on to help their very own family.

This house is included as a stop for our guests on our Go Yuma tour, and the guests are able to spend some time with these kids and learn about Dominican society. During these stops we bring food supplies and other needs as part of a donation program that is included in the tour price.

But, as you can imagine, that’s not nearly enough for 25 boys who need clothing, toys, and school material throughout the year.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers

Reference Materials:
(Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

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

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

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

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Tambourines, and Triangles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer

First Aid:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves

Clothing/Shoes:
New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes, and New Underwear

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows

Kitchen:
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Multivitamin Tablets, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

Project #2

El Salado is a rural clinic where doctors and nurses take care of over seven nearby villages with 30,000 inhabitants. The nearest hospital is over an hour away. At the clinic, the patient has to purchase all needed material in a pharmacy before the patient can be seen by the nurse.

Basic medical supplies can make a big difference here. Working with local hospitals and doctors has been such a positive experience that we are looking forward to expanding our project to other small communities in the area.

Needs

General Medical:
Ace Bandages, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Cannulas, First Aid Kits, Gauze, Giving Sets, Hot Packs, Ice/Cold Packs, Needles, Oxygen Tubing, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, Tampons, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tweezers, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

Specialist Equipment:
Pediatric Laryngoscope, Slit-Lamp, and Stethoscope

Surgical:
Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Forceps, Needle Holders, Plaster of Paris, Surgical Gloves, Surgical Scrubs, and Swabs

Sutures:
Nylon 1, Silk 2/0 (or any non-absorbable equivalent for skin, such as Ethilon), Vicryl 2/0 (or Chromic 2/0), and Vicryl 1

Syringes:
5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, 20 ml Syringes, and 50 ml Syringes

Testing Kits:
Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits

Medications:
Albuterol Inhalers, Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Asprin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Magnesium Sulfate Paste, Metronidazole (Flagyl), Paracetamol, Permethrin (Scabies Cream), Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets

Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Child O2 Sat Probes, Cloth Diapers and Clips, Foepostoscope (Fetoscope), Hats (for Premature Babies), Infant Formula Milk (Seal intact), Neonatal O2 Sat Probes, Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes, Pulse Oximeter, Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales

Reference Materials:
(Spanish) Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book

Linens:
Bed Linens, Pillows, and Towels

Office Supplies:
Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Scissors

Project #3

Canada Honda, El Isleno, and El Cano are rural schools in three village serving 220 children from the ages of 6 through 14. They are often missing basic learning materials and school supplies used to create a fun and interesting learning environment.

School is free in our country, but uniforms and school materials have to be provided completely by the parents. We want to ensure that every child has the same chance of education in order to later help their families and better their living situation.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, College-ruled Paper, Wide-ruled Paper, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers

Reference Materials:
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

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

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

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Sewing Needles, Thread, and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Whistles

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

Office Supplies:
Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Scissors

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of May 26, 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.