The Maya village Xetonox’s elementary school serves over 220 children from ages 7 through 14 years old. Like most rural area schools in Guatemala, it has to deal with a higher demand than what it can cope with, and it is always in need of school supplies. Four Directions’ clients are encouraged to bring school supplies, either by packing them from home or by stopping with their guide at a store on the way there. Everything is received with gratitude.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints
(Spanish) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and Working Laptops
Castanets, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
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.