Accommodation

Hotel Gracanica

Project

We support the Ideas Partnership Learning Centre, which serves 370 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian learners from ages 3 through from neighborhoods in Fushe and Kosove, which is about 20 minutes from Prishtina. Most of the families here earn their living from scavenging from the garbage, and from begging. Only 4% of this community complete compulsory education and illiteracy is high. The project offers kindergarten education, weekend academic support for kids in school, mediation to get kids into school, health support and antenatal care and clothes distribution.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

Needs

General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, and Rulers

Reference Materials:
(Albanian) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
Math

Wall Charts:
(Albanian and English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps

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

Computer Hardware/Software:
*Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets

Clothing/Shoes:
*New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and *Newborn Baby Clothes

Linens:
Light Blankets

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, *Disposable Nappies for Newborns, *Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and *Sudacrem or Similar Baby Cream

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Craft Glue

Gardening:
Books about Gardening, *Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, *Gardening Gloves, *Hand Fork, *Small Pruning Shears, Spades, Trowel, and *Seeds (Vegetable and Herb Seeds, Suitable for a Western Balkan Climate of Warm Summers)

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 26, 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.