Accommodation

La Selva Amazon Ecolodge and Spa

Project #1

Columbus Travel Group trough Bolivar Education Foundation identifies and supports different social projects in different areas of Ecuador. The aim of this project is to improve the quality of life of children from low income families.

The San Roque school is located in the neighborhood in the south of Quito and receives children mostly from the rural area of Quito and nearby provinces. The children speak Kichwa and Spanish. Some of this families have up to six children that are in need of medical attention, education and nutritional assistance.

Needs

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

Reference Materials:
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English and Spanish) Alphabet 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, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Paints, Acrylic Paint Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, and Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes

Computer Hardware/Software:
Solar-Powered Working Laptops and Working Laptops

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

Music Instruments:
Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, and Recorders

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

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

First Aid/Health:
Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

Project #2

The San Roque Day Care is located in the neighborhood in the south of Quito and receives children mostly from the rural area of Quito and nearby provinces. The children speak Kichwa and Spanish.

The children at the day care, who are from ages 6 months through 5 years old, are well taken care of while their parents are working or trying to find a job. They receive food, education and they can have fun playing with other children while their parents are at work. Some of this families have up to six children that are in need of medical attention, education and nutritional assistance.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Markers, and Pencils

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

Art Supplies:
Thread and Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Maracas, Recorders, and Tambourines

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls

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

First Aid/Health:
Band-Aids

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 25, 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.