The A. Jean Brugger Education Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that develops education and community development programs in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. As part of their efforts, they distribute supplies in over 35 schools in the rural areas of Municipality to more than a 1,000 students. This program depends directly on the amount of donations the organization receives during the year, for that reasib they encourage supporters to send their contribution at any point during the year.
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
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
The Jean A. Brugger Foundation believes every child deserves the right to learn and to play baseball. Twice a year they provide a week of baseball training with professional coaches to 30 children, along with baseball equipment, snacks and refreshments and, when possible, uniforms. They try to support not only the children that are part of the camps, but also the local teams. This support can only be possible if they receive enough donations during the year.
Athletic Bags and Baseball Equipment (Balls, Bats, Batting Gloves and Mitts, Batting Helmets and Catchers Helmets, and Cleats)
First Aid Kits
The Ancianos in Nicaragua are respected and admired; but they are often overlooked when it comes to social events and programs. In 2003, Jean Brugger decided that she wanted to remedy this, and began the Ancianos Luncheon Program. This event involves providing lunch and dessert for the guests, as well as playing games (such as Bingo) and dancing to live music. Most of the time FAJB makes small packets, that include personal care products, for everyone to take home; these gifts depend directly on the donations we receive throughout the year. Currently, more than one hundred and fifty Ancianos attend each time!
Slippers, Socks (all kinds), Umbrellas, and Raincoats
Bath Towels, Mirror, and Sponges
Bars of Soap, Cologne, Combs, Deodorant, First Aid Kits, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Lotion, Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Shampoos, Shaving Cream, Shaving Soap, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Asprin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets
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.