Accommodation

    RipJack Inn

    Project #1

    CEPIA (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents)is a nationally accredited non-profit organization, located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica that supports hundreds of children, teenagers, and their families from poor backgrounds. This support is provided through after-school programs, psychological help for victims, educational projects for high-risk youth, professional trainings, a food bank, a library, and movie nights.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints,Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Clothing Catalogs, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Fabric Scissors, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread,and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Reference Materials:
    (Spanish) Dictionaries

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Tablets and Working Laptops

    Project #2

    CEPIA (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents) is a Costa Rican non-profit organization that seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers from low-income families in the coastal communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, *Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    (English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, *Biology, *General Science, *Health, *Language/Grammar, and *Math

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    *Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Music Instruments:
    Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Guitars, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, *Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

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

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

    Gardening:
    Gardening Gloves

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Multivitamin Tablets, *Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, *Tampons, *Toothbrushes, and *Toothpaste

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of July 6, 2020

    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.