Tour Company

Central America Vacation

Project

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.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, *Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, and Handheld Pencil Sharpeners

Computer Hardware/Software:
*Printer Cartridges (EPSON 73HN and 73N Cian, Magenta, Yellow), and Tablets

Educational Games/Toys:
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, and Soccer Cleats for Children Ages 5 through 16 Years Old (Boys and Girls)

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

Kitchen:
*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

Health/Personal Grooming:
*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

Gardening:
Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, Trowel, and Vegetable and Herb Seed Packets

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of July 25, 2017

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.

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.