Variety – the Children’s Charity of Barbados Inc. is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are mentally, physically or socially disadvantaged. The Aunty Olga Memorial School Aid Programme, supported by Variety, provides school uniforms, books, backpacks and school supplies to over 300 children from 200 families across Barbados, giving them an equal opportunity at education.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and USB Cables
Chess Sets, Connect Four, Scrabble, and Puzzles
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Acrylic Paint Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Fabric Scissors, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Tape Measures, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, Wire Cutters, and Wool
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.