This small community school serves approximately 40 children of the families in the slum of Nerul in Navi Mumbai. English, math, arts, and IT are all taught in the afternoons and weekends. The slum of Nerul is relatively small, but the conditions are very bad (even compared to other slums). In Nerul, there is a quarry where laborers work as stone knockers. Around the quarry, there are approximately 350 families in very primitive dwellings, which are usually built only from plastic sheets, planks, and corrugated iron all set on a steep slope.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, Math, and Moral/Religious Stories
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paints and Brushes, and Wire Cutters
Recorders and Xylophones
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, Cricket, and Field Hockey Equipment
Palms Care orphanage is in Kopar Khairane in the slum of Nerul in Navi Mumbai. Currently they provide loving shelter for 6 boys from ages 5 through 7 years old. The orphanage has the capacity to care for up to 14 children.
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows
Bars of Soaps, Multivitamin Supplements, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Antibiotics and Vitamins
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.