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Costa Rica Natura


The Center for Education and Nutrition (known as CEN) at Horquetas de Sarapiquà consists of four service programs for the inhabitants of the area: Care and Child Protection, Served Meals, Milk Program and Daily Food to local families.

The program of Care and Child Protection supports 40 families with parents working outside their homes – most of them with a difficult economical situations – and unable to afford daycare. The children are at preschool level (3 through 6 years old). It provides daily meals and a comprehensive education of the children so they can strengthen their different areas of development.

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


General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Textured Stencils, Non-Toxic Plasticine, and Children Scissors

Wall Charts:
(Spanish) Human Body

Text/Reading Books:
(Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books

Educational Games/Toys:
*Sequence and Pattern Games, *Match It Games such as “What Goes Together?”, “Who Am I?”, *Sequencing and Opposites, *Pattern Blocks and Boards, Magnetic Animals, *Wood Blocks, *Wooden Panels and Laces, *Wooden Cutting Food, *Colour and/or Shape Match Games, Magnifiers

Music Instruments:
Any Wooden Musical Instruments

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of April 24, 2018

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.