Lifting Hands is an educational center for children and adults of the El Bajo de Los Anonos community located in San José, Costa Rica. Volunteers teach various classes and workshops to children as an after school program to keep kids off the streets, where negative influences are more prevalent. Classes and workshops for adults focus on creating employment opportunities and teaching healthy lifestyle practices in the home. Classes range from English, computers, and mathematics to arts, dance, yoga, cooking, swimming, physical education, Jiu Jitsu, and more.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Liquid Glue, Pencils, and White Board Erasers
*Acrylic Paint Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Bowls, Induction Pans/Pots (Cast Iron or Magnetic Stainless Steel), and Pots
Bars of Soap and Cleaning Cloths/Wash Cloths
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.