The Mucoque Primary School based in Vilanculos town serves 2,244 children from grade 1 through grade 7. The school is built mainly with local materials. Half of the children study outside because there are not enough classes for all of them. The teachers live offsite and need to travel to the school every day.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
Laminated Wall Charts:
(Portuguese) Human Body and World Maps
(Portuguese) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Community Guide to Environmental Health, Where There Is No Dentist, and Where There Is No Doctor
Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Sewing Needles
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Whistles
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
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.