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:
Book Bags, *Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, and Handheld Pencil Sharpeners
*Printer Cartridges (EPSON 73HN and 73N Cian, Magenta, Yellow), and Tablets
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, and Soccer Cleats for Children Ages 5 through 16 Years Old (Boys and Girls)
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
*Bowls, *Pans, *Plastic Serving Bowls, *Plastic Serving Cups, *Plastic Serving Plates, *Pots, *Serving Spoons, *Spatulas, *Hand and Dish Towels, *Mixing Bowls, *Cutting Boards, *Frying Pans, *Bake Ware, *Hand or Stand Mixer
*Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, and Washing Powder
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, Trowel, and Vegetable and Herb Seed Packets
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.