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    Gaia Riverlodge


    El Progresso Community School lies not far outside the rainforest and Pine Ridge Forest reserves of Belize within a small community built not long ago by settling immigrants. Approximately 150 children, ages 4 through 14, attend the school, which was founded in 1997.

    As El Progresso is the closest school to Gaia River Lodge, we feel personally responsible for continuing the progression of our neighboring community for a more self-sustainable, off-grid experience. By providing educational materials, we accelerate development and strengthen the community.

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


    General School Supplies:
    *Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, *Erasers, *Fine Rules, Glue Sticks, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, *Notebooks, *Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, Protractors, Rulers, *Typing Paper, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

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

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

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Watercolor Paints, and Watercolor Paint Brushes

    Computer Hardware/Software:

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Scissors

    Gardening Gloves and Hand Forks

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and *Water Bottles

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
    Gaia Riverlodge

    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.