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:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, Canvas, Coloring Books, and Painting Notebooks
Printer Cartridges (EPSON 73HN and 73N Cian, Magenta, and Yellow) and Working Tablets
Soccer Balls and Basketballs
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and Soccer Cleats
Balloon Whisk, Can/Tin Opener, Fine Strainer, Frying Pans, Grater, High Quality Peelers, Kitchen Shears, Mandolin Slicer, Mixing Bowls in 3 Sizes, Pastry Scraper, Pizza Tray, Potato Masher, Rolling Pin, Serving Cups and Spoons, Silicon Spatulas, Spatulas, Timer, Tongs, Wooden Cutting Boards, and Wooden Spoons
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.