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Nicaraguan Trails

Costa Rican Trails, as the parent company of Nicaraguan Trails, offers you the option to buy the supplies you wish to donate in some markets in Nicaragua. If you are interested, please contact your Sales Consultant or write us at reservations@costaricantrails.com

Project #1

The Mother Albertina Girls’ Home is located in Granada, Nicaragua, and functions as a refuge for these girls. The home provides them with all the support they need so they can feel like they are part of a loving family.

In this home, girls learn to care for themselves (by doing laundry, preparing food, etc.) and also go to school. A psychologist gives them attention and they participate in recreational activities and sports.

The girls are cared for by nuns who try to place them in a family that will care for them and love them. There are many teenagers in this center who need your help.

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, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

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

Computer Hardware/Software:
Printers

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

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

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

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

Clothing/Shoes:
New Bras, 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:
Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

Project #2

La Escuela AMAN is a school for disabled adults in the region of Granada, Nicaragua. The school as created with the aim to provide to the students education, practical skills and positive nurturing environment to support their development.The students made their own arts and crafts to sell it in a store in other to created incomes for themselves. Food service program was also produced in AMAN’s School to give the students at least one healthy meal a day (this service also created revenue by selling lunch to community members).

In 2004, AMAN lost its central funding source, so AMAN’s efforts have been reduced as resources in services have taken affect. Today, the students and teachers of AMAN work hard to keep the doors open to this very important school. However, help is needed to continue this project and the services it provides the disabled community of Granada.

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, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

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

Computer Hardware/Software:
Printers

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

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

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

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

Clothing/Shoes:
New Bras, 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:
Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 27, 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.