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.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Printers, Tablets, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Puzzles
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
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.