SOS Children’s Villages in Costa Rica is an non-governmental organization that gives a home to children who do not have parents who can care for them. The idea is that the children grow up in a family so they can experience love, learn about respect and feel safe. There are families created for the children so each of them has a mother and brothers and sisters.
Here they get the support they need to grow and to get confident to build their own future. They can stay in their families as long as they need in order to learn to be independent and self-sufficient enough to live their own lives.
General School Supplies:
Acrylic paint and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
Digital Courses/Classes in Spanish, English Learning Software, and Flash Drives/Memory Sticks
(Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books
Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Boxing Gloves (age 12), Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Swim Caps, Swim Goggles, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, Toolbox, Volleyball Nets, and Volleyballs
Ballet Tutus (ages 4 to 10), New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes (ages 2 to 8), New Underwear, and Overalls for Painting
Bed Linens and Linen Sets
Aprons, Can-Opener, Chef Hats, Chopping Boards, Cutlery Sets, Kitchen Supplies, Kitchen Towels, and Professional Knife Set
Manicure Set and Professional Set of Hair Brushes
Violins (ages 8 to 12) and Drums
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.