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Tortuga Bay
2009 Conde Naste World Saver Award Winner in Education

Dominican Republic

Accommodation

Tortuga Bay

If you live in the USA, and would like to bring soccer supplies for the project on this page contact Soccer.com at this link. Soccer.com in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Pack for a Purpose will send the first 150 people who complete the form with the necessary information 4 free deflated Passback soccer balls with needles to "Pack for a Purpose" on your trip. (Limit one request per address.)

Project #1

Built and equipped by our Puntacana Foundation in 2004, the Ann & Ted Kheel Polytechnic High School demonstrates our commitment to providing opportunities to the local community. It is the only technical high school within many miles of the Punta Cana International Airport, serving young people from families in need.

Students receive a basic high school education as well as technical training in areas like computer science, hospitality, electricity, plumbing, cooking and refrigeration, and English language. An Elementary School (5th through 8th grades) has been functioning during the afternoons in the same facilities since August 2011.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights

Reference Materials:
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books and Language/Grammar

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Paints and Paint Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paints and Brushes, and Wire Cutters

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

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

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

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

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

Project #2

Before 2005, nearby communities had virtually no health services available to them and had to travel as far as 50 miles to see a doctor. Recognizing an opportunity to improve the community health, our Puntacana Foundation formed an unique, public-private partnership made up of the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Ministry of Health, and the Neighborhood Association.

This coalition has brought free, quality, primary healthcare to over 150 patients a day. The services include: laboratory, pharmacy, familiar medicine, gynecology, pediatric unit, medical missions, emergency unit, ambulance, and additional services.

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, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tweezers, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

Specialist Equipment:
Laryngoscope, Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, Oxygen Concentrator, Pediatric Laryngoscope, Slit-Lamp, and Stethoscope

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

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

Testing Kits:
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, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Cloth Diapers and Clips, Hats (for Premature Babies), Infant Formula Milk (Seal intact), Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes, Pulse Oximeter, Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales

Reference Materials:
Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and WHO 'Hospital Care for Children' Book

Linens:
Bed Linens and Towels

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

All the needs are current as of September 16, 2014
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 bring for them.