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
(Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(Spanish) Human Body, Language, and Math
(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
Acrylic Paints and Paint Brushes, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes, and Wire Cutters
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, and Staplers
Bowls, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, and Serving Spoons
Antibiotic Ointments, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Soap, and 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. 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.