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    Located in San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sacatepequez; Caldo de Piedra is an institution whose purpose is to provide access to a community library for children. Unfortunately in Guatemala, the percentage of children who have access to public education or are able to finish school is very low, as is the percentage of children who are able to learn how to read. The impact Caldo de Piedra has had since it started functioning has been very positive. It encourages the habit of reading not only for children but for their parents too. It also provides help in doing homework, studying and organizing, music and art workshops, and English lessons.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers

    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

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Printers, Tablets, and Working Laptops

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

    Music Instruments:
    Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, and Tambourines

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wool

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of June 29, 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.