The Joie de Vivre primary school serves children coming from neighboring villages by offering courses ranging from alphabetization to preparation for CPE Exams. The main activities are arts and crafts, sewing, pastry, sports, gardening, plumbing, and industrial drawings.
The courses prepare the children for further studies or for entering an active/work life. The objective is to take care of children who were wandering around the village, to give them a basic education, to keep them far from the dangers of life in the streets, and to help them becoming responsible adults.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English and French) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English and French) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and French) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and French) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Printers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
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.