Tropical Storm Nate went through Costa Rica for 4 days (Oct 4-8th). It rained on average 200mm/day, in the most affected areas. This storm was devastating for the country, communities flooded, rivers overran their banks and some bridges were damaged.
Even though the country is fully functional, many families lost everything. The Government, private companies and neighbors are helping the most affected families to start again, but these people will need help for many more months to come.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags and Pencils
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Underwear, and New or Gently Used Adults Clothing and Shoes
Bath Towels, Light Blankets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows
Non-Perishable Food Items That Can Be Purchased Locally:
*Rice, *Oil, *Sugar, *Coffee, *Beans, *Butter, *Espagueti, *Soups, *Salt, *Tuna Cans, *Sauces Packages, *Sweet Corn Cans, and other *Non-Perishable Food Items
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder
We support several rural schools close to the tourist areas in Guanacaste. In the community, these small schools educate children until they are old enough to travel to another town to go to high school.
If you want to make a visit to any of the schools during your vacation please coordinate with us during your stay and please do not forget to leave us your email address if you cannot visit the schools and would like some pictures of the school supplies delivery.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
(Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(Spanish) Alphabet, Math, Science, and Word
(Spanish) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
(Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Language, and Math
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and Working Laptops
Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
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.