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    Xplicaçao de Ari. is an education project that helps benefit children in the neighborhood of Ribeira Bote on the Island of São Vicente. Children only go to school half a day, so they need extra attention to get the education they need. Ribeira Bote is a very difficult neighborhood, with many children dropping out of school because parents can’t afford school supplies.


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Pens

    Text/Reading Books:
    (Portuguese) Language/Grammar

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Paint Brushes, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Sewing Needles, Thread, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Working Laptops

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Soccer Balls and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

    New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
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    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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    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.