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If you live in the USA, and would like to take a suitcase of medical supplies selected specifically for the medical project below, please contact oc@njt.net. We are pleased to partner with OC Not Just Tourists to provide useful and requested medical supplies for clinics and hospitals across the globe. Your only expense will be the cost of shipping from California to your residence in the USA. If you choose to do this, you will make a Big Impact!

Project #1

The Sunshine School for Children with Special Needs provides a nurturing learning environment for 30 students living in Bequia, ages five through twenty years. These children exhibit learning issues caused by a variety of physical, behavioral or mental challenges.

The teaching of work related and life skills allows opportunities for students to contribute to their homes and communities with self-supportive skills.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, College-Ruled and Wide-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet and Math

Text/Reading Books:
Age-Appropriate Story Books

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Thread

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks

Educational Games/Toys:
Connect Four and Puzzles

Music Instruments:
Recorders, Tambourines, and Triangles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Jump Ropes and Soccer Balls

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

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Office Supplies:
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, and Staplers

Kitchen:
Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates

Gardening:
Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Spades, and Trowel

Project #2

Glen’s pre-school, established in 1998, is a community facility providing a creche and activity center for 45 young boys and girls living in Bequia.
The preschool helps the children, from ages 6 months through 4 years old, to socialize, play together, and enhance their development and learning in preparation for joining general education.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Coloring Books, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet and Math

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books

Art Supplies:
Craft Eyes, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Elmer’s Glue, Fabric Paints, Non-toxic Finger Paints, Play Dough, Paint Brushes, and Stickers

Computer Hardware/Software:
Printer Cartridges (HP Printer Ink 61)

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles, Small Cars, and New and Gently Loved Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Tambourines and Triangles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Soccer Balls

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

First Aid/Health:
Band-Aids, First Aid Kit, and Latex Gloves

Office Supplies:
Automatic Stapler, Double Sided Tape, Markers, Masking Tape, Pencils, Pens, Permanent Sharpie Markers, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Stapler, and Scotch Tape

Kitchen:
Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates

Project #3

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.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

Needs

General Medical:
*Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, *Band-Aids, *Disposable Gloves, First Aid Kits, Gauze, Respiratory Masks, Small Scissors, and Tweezers

Surgical:
Dressings, Surgical Gloves, and Swabs

Syringes:
5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, and 20 ml Syringes

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Plastic Gloves, and Sanitary Napkins

Medications:
Alcohol Gel and Antibacterial Ointment

Linens:
*Bed Linens, *Hospital Patient Gowns, *Pillows, and *Towels

Office Supplies:
Pencils and Pens

Project #4

Bequia Animal Protection Alliance (BAPA) is a non-profit organization that has been 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.

Needs

General Medical:
Gauze, Needles, and Paper Hand Towels

Surgical:
Crepe Bandages and Surgical Gloves

Syringes:
5 and 10 ml Syringes

Animal Food:
Dog Food and Dog Snacks

Linens:
Hand Towels

Animal Supplies:
Blankets, Brushes and Combs, Chew Toys, Collars, Dog Carriers (All Sizes), Dog Crates (All Sizes), Feeding Trays, Flea Shampoo, Food and Water Bowls, Grooming Tools, Heartgard Dewormer, Leashes, Pet Bedding, and Pet Shampoo and Conditioners

Project #5

Bequia Reading Club was set up by Miss Cheryl Johnson, a former teacher, turned restaurant owner to help young people with their literacy. Local and visiting children of all ages gather every Saturday afternoon at The Fig Tree restaurant to read books with adult volunteers. Cheryl creates a great motivational learning environment, ensuring that each child participates, feeds back what they have read and gains from the experience. Each child can also choose a book at the end of each session to take home with them. Volunteers at the reading club are also very welcome and it is a hugely rewarding experience.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Markers, and Pens

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet and Word

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books and *Fantasy books for ages 10+

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

Project #6

Rise Up Bequia is an independent non-profit initiative working for the public interest of the citizens of Bequia, focusing on building and strengthening core ideas and practices of sustainable community development, education, agency and outreach.

The Book Donation Drive was set up in 2014 to help survivors of the December 2013 floods and now supports over 1100 children in every single school on Bequia. The project’s aim is to ensure that each child in Bequia starts the school year with all the supplies they need such as books, pens, pencils, and rulers.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, *College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, *Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, Protractors, *Rulers, Solar Calculators, and *Wide-Ruled Paper

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries

Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps

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

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams and Scrabble

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of November 30, 2019

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.