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    TIDE Tours


    The Freshwater Cup Program is an NGO that was started by TIDE over 10 years ago in the Maya Mountain Marine Corridor region in southern Belize. The program targets more than 600 youths in 19 primary schools and 4 high schools through a football tournament. If children want to participate in this locally famous tournament, their team must successfully complete a socially or environmentally beneficial project in their community, focusing on the protection of water resources or addressing social issues. Both the sport and the community service develop important life skills and the benefits go well beyond healthy physical development.


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries

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

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) General Science

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, and Tablets

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Scrabble and Puzzles

    Music Instruments:
    Recorders and Tambourines

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    Mosquito Nets

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Band-Aids, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

    Books about Gardening, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of February 23, 2024
    TIDE Tours

    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.