La Fortuna Orphanage, known to the locals as Hogarcito San Juan Bosco de la Fortuna, serves 17 children from ages 6 months through 11 years old.
The orphanage, started in 1999, is the only one of its kind in La Fortuna, and is a type of half way house for children that need to be removed from bad home situations. When the children arrive, they are nurtured, loved and even receive counseling. You will notice that there are not many photos of the children on the website and that is for the safety of the children living there. The children are eventually found more permanent homes throughout Costa Rica.
The orphanage is a sustainable home where the children learn how to grow food, raise chickens, recycle and much more.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English and Spanish) Alphabet and Word
(Spanish) Math, Science, and World Maps
(Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Chess Sets, Connect Four, Legos, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Frisbees, Gardening Tools, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Torches/Flashlights
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Underwear
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced
Watercolor Paints and Brushes
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.