We partner with Sunsation Tours who in support of their literacy project ‘Tools for Schools’ that was started after Hurricane Ivan in 2004. In particular, their focus is on school libraries that were never lavishly stocked and which were stripped clean in the hurricane. There is a woeful lack of colourful, fun, motivating books for children from ages 5 through 12 years old.
General School Supplies:
Chalk and Glue Sticks
(English) *Age Appropriate Story Books (ages 5 through 12)
Watercolor Brushes and Paints
(English) Math and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
Printers and Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Scrabble and Puzzles
Cricket Equipment, Inflation Pumps, and Soccer Balls
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.