Nature School Bukit Lawang runs a free school for 40 children ages 7 through 14 years old in the Bukit Lawang area of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Most of the children’s parents are small farmers who cannot afford good education for their children.
NSBL invites travelers around the world to visit or voluntarily teach the students English, computer, science for children, handicraft, musical instrument, or other useful knowledge they know for children.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil, Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Wide-ruled Paper
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Alphabet, Word, Animal, Fruit & Vegetable, Action Words, and Professions
(English) Human Body, Language, and World Maps
(English and Indonesian) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Language/Grammar, Science for Children, and
Craft Glue and Craft Scissors
Educational Software, English Learning, Science for Children, Handicrafts, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Recorders, Tambourines, and Ukuleles
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
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.