Accommodation

    First Curaçao Hostel

    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    Project

    The Ritz Hostel supports five children’s orphanages on the island caring for 190 children. The children are mostly placed in the orphanages because of special circumstances at home such abuse, violence, teen pregnancy, or severe poverty. With special care they can sometimes go back home, or are introduced to foster or adoptive parents. The children are in need of many basic items.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English, Spanish, and Papiamento) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

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

    Wall Charts:
    (English, Spanish, Papiamento) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World and Curacao Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English, Spanish, and Papiamento) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters

    Music Instruments:
    Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

    First Aid:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

    Linens:
    Bath Towels, Bed Linens for Single/Twin Beds, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, Spatulas, and Aprons

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Combs, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, Washing Powder, and Baby Supplies

    Medications:
    Folic Acid and Ibuprofen

    Gardening:
    Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 25, 2020

    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.

    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.