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.
General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Dry-Erase Markers, Markers, and Pencils
(Spanish) Alphabet and Math
Laminated Wall Charts:
(Spanish) Human Body, Language, and Math
Age-Appropriate Story Books
Chess Sets and Puzzles
Jump Ropes and Soccer Balls
*Gumboots (Euro Sizes 27 through 40) and New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes
*Hair Brushes, *Multivitamin Tablets, *Toothbrushes, and *Toothpaste
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.
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.