The Siloam Children’s Hospice serves newborns and children up to age 13 who are chronically ill. These children, who require a lot of care, have their psychological, physical, and other medical needs addressed. Siloam aims to help the children feel at home without being reminded of their illness. It is working to expand its ability to continuously meet the complex needs of these children.
Puzzles and Any Other Educational Books and Games
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows
Sanitary Napkins and Tampons
This Fundashon Amigunan di Cristo afterschool project serves over 100 children in the Fuik area in a caring, home-like atmosphere. Here, the children can be helped with their homework, and there is room for activities. In addition, the project also serves the mothers of the children by providing educational support to help break the cycle of poverty, unemployment, and teenage pregnancies.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Solar Calculators
Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Chess Sets, Dominoes, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets, Guiros, Harmonicas/kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, Xylophones, and any other Musical Instruments
New or Gently Uses Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Children’s Underwear
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Linen Sets
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks and Gage Wire, Fabric Scissors, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread, Wool, and Zippers
The children’s soccer clubs of Curacao serve over 200 of children from ages 5 through 16. These clubs not only provide the enriching, after-school activity for the children, who might otherwise not have access to the sport, but also provide excellent mentoring from the coaches who work with the children.
Children’s Soccer Socks and Shoes, Needles and Inflation Pumps, Soccer Balls, Soccer Training Cones, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
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.