Trek Guatemala is working to bring a more enhanced level of education to the primary school of Pachute. The school serves 80 plus children between the ages of 5 through 12 years of age. This school in the highly impoverished Mayan village located between Lake Atitlan and Antigua lacks the supplies needed to get the most out of the school day. In addition working in conjunction with the non-profit EcoActiva, Trek Guatemala will deliver donated materials during village-wide seminars. These seminars educate the community on the importance of proper waste management.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Protractors, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
(English and Spanish) Alphabet and Math
Laminated Wall Charts:
(Spanish) Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
Hesperian Health Guides:
Where There Is No Doctor
New or Gently Used Warm Children’s Clothing and Shoes (Smaller Sizes)
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.