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    Many of the items on the needs list can be purchased locally. Currently, the children are in urgent need of desks as the ones they are currently using are in bad condition. The children also need gumboots as many children have to walk long distances in the mud to get to school. If you are interested in purchasing desks or gumboots locally, please contact comercial@ptpmundomaya.com and they will help you make the appropriate arrangements.


    Start with a Smile project provides support to the primary school Las Delicias, located in the town of Taxisco, department of Santa Rosa, 90 kilometres away from Guatemala City. The population are mostly peasants with scarce resources, with subsistence crops of bean and corn. In Las Delicias, school there are 300 boys and girls, from ages 6 through 16 years old. Their desire to learn is huge, but their resources are meagre. Many things would be useful for them.


    General School Supplies:
    Backpacks, Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Crayons, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers

    Reference Materials:
    (Spanish) Dictionaries

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

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (Spanish) Human Body, Language, and Math

    Text/Reading Books:
    (Spanish) Age-Appropriate Fairy Tales, Gardening, Grammar/Language, Math, and Story Books

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (Spanish) Where There Is No Doctor and Community Guide to Environmental Health

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Paints and Paint Brushes, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes, and Wire Cutters

    Music Instruments:

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Soccer Balls

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment

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


    Bowls, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, and Serving Spoons

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointments, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Soap, and Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
    PTP Mundo Maya

    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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    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.