Centro de Promoción Comunitaria San Martin de Porras promotes the holistic development of 280 children from ages 1 through 12 years old in La Carpio, Costa Rica. Through education, nutrition and kindergarten services, families are strengthened and initiatives such as social justice, equal opportunity, solidarity, cooperation, creativity and personal development are promoted.
Lomas de Cocori, located in the district of San Isidro de El General, serves 338 students from ages 4 through 12 years old.
Cen-Cinai Zapote is a kindergarten located in Zapote, which cares for and teaches 66 children while their mothers are at work.
Union los Hogarcitos is a group of seven Hogarcitos, located in San Jose. Each one of them takes care of ten children up to 6 years old. They receive the children from PANI, a Government Children Organization. and take care of them until PANI solves their family issues and the child either is adopted or goes to a relative who can take responsibility for the child. We take care of little children constantly searching for donations to meet all of the childrens’ needs so that they can have a normal life in a family.
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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
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.