Isleta El Espino
Education Plus Nicaragua serves 300 children from ages 3 through 17 years old in Pantanal, Nicaragua. They provide nutrition, education, activities, and love in order to eliminate malnutrition, instill core values, and give them the resources and opportunities they need to rise above their impoverished circumstances.
General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Rulers, Small Scissors, Solar Calculators, and, Spiral Notebooks
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries
(Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Tablets and Working Laptops
Chess Sets and Puzzles
Baseballs, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes (Only Clothes and Shoes Useful in Hot, Humid Climates)
Band-Aids, Bandages (Various Sizes), Gauze, Medical Tape, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
Markers, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Bowls, Large Packs of Kitchen Towels (White Industrial Hand Towels), Pans, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Bars of Soap, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, 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.