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    Bougainvillea Barbados


    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.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General School Supplies:
    College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Drawing Books, *Erasers, Exercise Books, *Geometry Sets, Glue Sticks, Markers, Notebooks, *Pencil Cases, Pencil Grips, *Regular and Jumbo Pencils, *Regular and Jumbo Pencil Sharpeners, *Pens, Scientific Calculators, Wide-Ruled Paper, and *12-Inch Rulers

    Reference Materials:
    (English, French, and Spanish) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Checker Sets, Chess Sets, Fidget/Stress Relief Toys, Puzzles, and Scrabble

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Basketballs, Jump Ropes, Netballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
    Bougainvillea Barbados

    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.