Accommodation

The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal

Project

La Fortuna Orphanage, known to the locals as Hogarcito San Juan Bosco de la Fortuna, serves 17 children from ages 6 months through 11 years old.

The orphanage, started in 1999, is the only one of its kind in La Fortuna, and is a type of half way house for children that need to be removed from bad home situations. When the children arrive, they are nurtured, loved and even receive counseling. You will notice that there are not many photos of the children on the website and that is for the safety of the children living there. The children are eventually found more permanent homes throughout Costa Rica.

The orphanage is a sustainable home where the children learn how to grow food, raise chickens, recycle and much more.

Needs

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

Reference Materials:
(Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English and Spanish) Alphabet and Word

Wall Charts:
(Spanish) 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, Legos, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Gardening Tools, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Torches/Flashlights

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

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

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

Health/Personal Grooming:
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced
Projects:

Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of July 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.