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.
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
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Bananagrams and Scrabble
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.
You can further support the school by donating to Encore. Encore is Bequia’s First Charity-Run Thrift Store, offering second-hand clothing, books and household items at bargain prices – all in aid of The Sunshine School. Encore will be manned by volunteers and rely on donations of lightly used items from the community and Bequia visitors.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, 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 and Science
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 21 and HP 22) and USB Cables
Age Appropriate Board Games and Puzzles
Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, and Triangles
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
Band-Aids and Large and Diapers (Large or Extra Large)
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, and Toothbrushes
Baking Dishes, Cooking Utensils, Cutlery Sets, Food Storage, Ovenware, Pans, Pots, and Tableware
Bath Towels, Beach Towels, Bedding, Blankets, Linens, Mosquito Nets
Play-dough, Puzzles, Stuffed Animals
(English) Educational Books, Fiction Books, Language Books for Adults and Children, and Non-Fiction Books
Activewear, Adult and Children’s Clothing for Tropical Weather, Bags, Beachwear, Footwear, Hats, Jewelry, Nightwear, Sportswear, Swimwear, and Wallets
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.
(English) Alphabet and Math
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Craft Eyes, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Elmer’s Glue, Fabric Paints, Non-toxic Finger Paints, Play Dough, Paint Brushes, and Stickers
Printer Cartridges (HP Printer Ink 61)
Puzzles, Small Cars, and New and Gently Loved Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Tambourines and Triangles
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Band-Aids, First Aid Kit, and Latex Gloves
Automatic Stapler, Double Sided Tape, Markers, Masking Tape, Pencils, Pens, Permanent Sharpie Markers, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Stapler, and Scotch Tape
Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates
The Bequia Animal Protection Alliance (BAPA) is a non-profit organisation, that has been created in response to the growing number of stray dogs in Bequia. They are dedicated to preventing cruelty and replacing it with kindness to all animals. They provide medical care to animals in need and subsidising veterinary care to low income families.
BAPA conducts ongoing spay/neuter and vaccination campaigns, treats medical conditions, administers emergency/first aid care and facilitates animal adoption. A weekly animal clinic is held in Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Crepe Bandages and Dressings
*Bathing Towels and *Swimming Towels (Old Towels are Accepted)
Blankets, Brushes and Combs, Collars, Dog Carriers (All Sizes), Dog Crates (All Sizes), Flea Shampoo, Food and Water Bowls, Frontline, Grooming Tools, Heartgard Dewormer, Leashes, *Mange Treatment for Dogs, Pet Bedding, Pet Shampoo and Conditioners, *Single Dose Worming Tablets, and *Tick and Flea Treatments for Dogs
Friends of Bequia Hospital 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. FOBH is administered by local Trustees and is reliant on donations of supplies and fundraising.
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, *Maternity Pads, and *Sanitary Napkins
Alcohol Gel and Antibacterial Ointment
*Bed Linens, *Hospital Patient Gowns, *Pillows, and *Towels
Pencils and Pens
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.
General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Markers, and Pens
(English) Alphabet and Word
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books and *Fantasy books for ages 10+
Bananagrams, Connect Four, Scrabble, and Puzzles
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.