The Children of the school “Fundación Niños del Arco Iris” founded by Helena Van Engelen provides 130 underprivileged children with a primary school education. Children come at 8 a.m. and are dismissed at 4:30 p.m. after receiving both breakfast and lunch. In a caring environment full of love and respect, the children study English, Quechua, computer, theater, dance, and crafts. On Saturday, classes are held for parents.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers
(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, and Math
Craft Scissors, and Water Color Paints and Brushes
Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets and Puzzles
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
Ibuprofen and Oral Rehydration Salts
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.