Mariposa Jungle lodge aims to provide assistance to young children in the Village of San Antonio, Cayo who are eager to learn but have limited resources. The primary school has approximately 165 students from ages 5 through 14 years old.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Pens
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books and Health
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, and Working Laptops
Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins
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.