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:
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
(English, French, and Spanish) Dictionaries
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks
Checker Sets, Chess Sets, Fidget/Stress Relief Toys, Puzzles, and Scrabble
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
The St. Lawrence Primary School serves 220 children from ages 3 through 11 years old.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Wide-Ruled Paper
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
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.