Hotel Xalteva

Many of the school supplies on the needs list can be purchased locally, and they are not expensive. If you would like to buy the items locally contact us at


La Esperanza is an elementary school located on a very small island in an area called Las Isletas (The Islands) on Lake Nicaragua in Granada, Nicaragua. The school has 108 students from ages 3 through 10 years old. The students are transported to the school from neighboring islands by their parents in small row boats every day. With the help of guests and friends of Condo Hotel Xalteva we have been able to provide teacher materials and student supplies.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(Spanish) Dictionaries

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

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

Text/Reading Books:
(Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books

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

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Buttons, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Computer Hardware/Software:
Desktop Computers, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets and Puzzles

Music Instruments:
Harmonicas/Kazoos and Recorders

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

Office Supplies:
Markers, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

*Bowls, *Pans, *Plastic Serving Cups, *Pots, *Serving Spoons, and *Spatulas

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of April 3, 2020

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.

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.