The Armenia Government School- serves 200 students from ages 6 through 14 years old. This village is one of Belize’s poor communities with many of the villagers identified as low income homes. A portion of the villagers are indigenous or Maya origin and with little or no income or support. The school is poor by city standards with little or no outside assistance. Many teachers take out of their own pockets to supply their students and class room with basic tools such as markers, erasers, pens, pencils, paper, etc.
The supplies we receive are accepted with grateful hearts by the teachers and students.
Books, writing materials, crayons and other “normal” school supplies are hard to come by. Donations made by our guests are collected and donated in a quiet but celebrated fashion to the school each season and if possible twice annually- one in the spring and one just after school opens in September. Your donations matter and they count!
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Where There Is No Doctor
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, and Craft Scissors
Printers, Printer Cartridges, To Match the Printer, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets and Puzzles
Band-Aids and Plastic Gloves
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.