The Sunshine School for Children with Special Needs is a privately funded, not for profit, institution administered by a local Board of Directors and is reliant on donations and fundraising in order to offer the students a wonderful learning environment. The Sunshine School for Children with Special Needs provides a nurturing and learning environment for 30 students living in Bequia from the ages 5 through 20 years old. These children exhibit learning issues caused by a variety of physical, behavioral or mental challenges.
The school provides work related and life skills which allows opportunities for students to contribute at home and in their own community.
The school has instituted the Encore thrift store where 100% of the profits go towards the school. Encore is accepting clothing, accessories, books, and household items.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Laminating Pouches for a Laminating Machine, Markers, Pens, *Refillable White Board Markers, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English) Alphabet, Basic Science, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Science, and World Maps
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, *Fabric Paint, *Markers, Sewing Needles, Thread, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, *Printer Cartridges (HP 664, HP 62, Canon 545 and 546), and USB Cables
Castanets, Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, and Triangles
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Band-Aids and Diapers (Large or Extra Large)
*Cartridges for V Board, Markers, *Master Wyteboard Markers (Black and Assorted Colors), Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Plastic Serving Plates
Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, and Toothbrushes
Friends of Bequia Hospital, was was set up in 2013 to improve medical care on Bequia and supports the 3 medical facilities in Bequia: Bequia Hospital, Port Elizabeth Clinic, and Paget Farm Clinic.
The first priority is to ensure that medication, frontline supplies and consumables are available to meet the ongoing needs of the people of Bequia. The ultimate goal of FOBH is to offer a centre of medical excellence, improving medical equipment and preventing the need for Bequia residents to travel to the island of St Vincent for medical care.
*Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, *Band-Aids, *Disposable Gloves, First Aid Kits, Gauze, Respiratory Masks, Small Scissors, and Tweezers
Dressings, Surgical Gloves, and Swabs
5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, and 20 ml Syringes
Bars of Soap, Plastic Gloves, and Sanitary Napkins
Alcohol Gel and Antibacterial Ointment
*Bed Linens, *Hospital Patient Gowns, *Pillows, and *Towels
Pencils and Pens
Bequia Animal Protection Alliance (BAPA) is a non-profit organization created in response to the growing number of stray dogs in Bequia. BAPA is dedicated to preventing cruelty and replacing it with kindness to all animals. They provide medical care to animals in need and subsidizing veterinary care to low income families.
BAPA conducts ongoing spay/neuter and vaccination campaigns, treats medical conditions, administers emergency/first aid care, facilitates animal adoption and conducts public education programs. A weekly animal clinic/education center is held by Dr Eric Audain in Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines.
*Antibiotic Eye Drops, *Ear Flea and Tick Drops, *Mange Treatments (Preferably Bravecto Chewable Tablets), *Pill Pocket Treats, *Tick and Flea Treatments (Preferably Chewable Tablet Form, e.g. Nexgard or Simperica), and *Worming Tablets (Preferably Single Dose Flavored Type)
Dog Carriers and Crates (All Sizes)
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.