The Villa Hermosa, Private Guesthouse

Project #1

Escuela de Monterrey serves 30 children from preschool to junior high.


General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, and Pens

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints

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

Text/Reading Books:
(Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books

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

Computer Hardware/Software:
Audio Equipment, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, and Printer Cartridges

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

Music Instruments:

Castanets, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, and Recorders

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls

First Aid/Health:

Project #2

We support many Animal Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinics in the area with supplies and donations. Both domestic and wild animal rescues use many of the same items so the list below will be donated to which of the rescues need what. Thank you!


General Medical:
Scissors, Small Scissors, and Tweezers

Used Sheets and Towels (for use in clinics for recovery)

Project #3

The Maleku tribe is the only indigenous Indian tribe in the area around La Fortuna by San Rafael de Guatuso (30 minutes outside of La Fortuna). The Maleku do tours to show people their way of living and rely heavily on living off the land to feed themselves. To provide money for the family, many Malekus have learned how to do beautiful artwork that is sold on the reserve, to shops in La Fortuna and at a Rancho off Highway 4 on the way to Rio Celeste. All of the artwork has the names of the animals, for example, in the Maleku language to help keep the language alive. The tours showcase the traditional huts, ways of living, traditions of the Maleku as well.

At this time there are about 1,500 Malekus in this area and donations of items or doing a tour with them are very much appreciated. We are happy to help you to visit these amazing people as English is not understood on the reservation.


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

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

Laminated 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

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

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

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

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Underwear, and Shoes in All Sizes

Health/Personal Grooming:
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fabric Scissors, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

All the needs are current as of September 29, 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.