Friends of Nomads was established out of a heightened awareness of the serious risk that illiteracy poses among the children of nomad families, and a sense of social responsibility to make a difference and improve the lives of children. Friends of Nomads are individuals who are engaged in investing in children’s futures and believe a child should have access to the basic right to an education.
Without support and assistance, the children of the Nomads, as a result of their traditional lifestyle, are at risk of growing into adulthood without the benefit of a basic education and life skills. Basic primary education is the focus of this project. The ability to read and write will have life changing impact on each child’s future life.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English, French, and Spanish) Language and World Maps
(English, French, and Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books
Buttons and Craft Glue
Educational Software and USB Cables
Bananagrams, Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets and Recorders
Soccer Balls (children ages 5 through 12 years old)
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing, Shoes, New Underwear (Children ages 2 through 12 years old), and *Warm Winter Clothes and Outerwear
Markers, Pencils, and Pens
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.