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 Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, and Markers
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Canvas, Coloring Books, Craft Glue, liquid Glue, Painting Notebooks, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, *Printer Cartridges (EPSON 73HN and 73N Cian, Magenta, Yellow), and Tablets
Inflation Pumps, *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
*Bakeware, *Bowls, *Frying Pans, Glass Tupperware, *Hand and Dish Towels, *Mixing Bowls, *Pans, *Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups and Plates, *Pots, *Serving Spoons, and *Spatulas
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.