Mano Amga supports the several schools on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua through the purchasing of textbooks and other classroom aids. We never forget that schools are the hearts of communities.
The initiative is in rural Nicaragua, where the main industries are agriculture and tourism.
The aim is to empower educators and parents to dream what is possible for present day life and for future generations. Together, learning from each other, we will succeed in making dreams reality.
By providing the necessary tools to increase literacy and education, the project does not just address present concerns, but looks towards future generations as well.
The library is open to anyone from 8-11am and 2-5pm in the town of Balgue, Ometepe.
(English and Spanish) Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction (‘How-To Books’; Biographies; Books to Inspire, Educate, Open Minds, Help with Enterprise Development, etc.), Arts and Recreation, *Bilingual Books, Children’s Storybooks, Computer Science and Information, *Early Childhood Development, *ESL Books, General Works, History and Geography, Language, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Literature, Philosophy and Psychology, Science, Social Sciences, Spanish as a First Language, Technology, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction (Focus on Health, Nutrition and Early Learning)
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Spanish) Atlases, Dictionaries, Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD, and Thesaurus
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English and Spanish) A Book for Midwives, A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, Community Guide to Environmental Health, Disabled Village Children, Health Actions for Women (Only Available in English), Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, Helping Health Workers Learn, HIV Health and Your Community (Only Available in English), Where There Is No Dentist, Where There Is No Doctor, Where Women Have No Doctor, and Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety (Only Available in English)
Ballpoint Pens, Black Fine Pens, Clear Packing Tape, Clear Sellotape, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Date Stamp and Inkpad, Dry Erase Markers, Due-Date Slip, Erasers, Notebooks, Paper, Retractable Pencils, Ruler, Scissors, Strong Paper/Cardboard Glue, and Whiteboard
E-Readers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, and Working Laptops
The public health laboratory, serving 5,000 residents, on the remote island of Balgue, Ometepe is constanly in need of supplies.
Selvista has been supporting the local health clinic laboratory since April 2018, covering the salary of the lab technician. This allows the people in the local area to access simple testing procedures such as blood and urine samples in the town of Balgue.
Without this on-going service the local residents would have to travel 15 kilometers to the public hospital in Altagracia for these services. For people relying on public transport that can mean a whole day away from work or school.
Health care is free in Nicaragua at the point of service, but the system is underfunded. Commonly used items are always in short supply. It is more important than ever that these systems have clean, functioning equipment due to the nature of the institution: public health.
The antibiotics that are commonly prescribed and sold here have been banned by the US and Europe for the last 30 years.
Ace Bandages, *Alcohol Gel – 70%, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, *Automatic Pipette Covers (Blue and Yellow), Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Cannulas, *Cotton Balls and Swabs, First Aid Kits, Disposable Gloves, Gauze, *Glass Microscope Slides, Giving Sets, Hot Packs, Ice/Cold Packs, Needles, Oxygen Tubing, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, *Stool/Urine Sample Jars, Tampons, *Test Strips for Ammonium Oxalate Uric Acid, Cholesterol, Glucometers, Glucose, Lancets, and Leukocytes, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tweezers, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks
Fetal Doppler, Laryngoscope, Ophthalmoscope, Otoscope, and USS Doppler and Probe
Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Forceps, Needle Holders, Speculum, Surgical Gloves, and Swabs
*5 ml Syringes and *3 cc syringes
Pregnancy Testing Kits
Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths and Sanitary Napkins
Albuterol Inhalers, Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Burn Cream, Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Folic Acid, Hydrocortisone Cream, Oral Rehydration Salts, and Permethrin (Scabies Cream)
Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Cloth Diapers and Clips, and Newborn Clothes
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English and Spanish) A Book for Midwives, A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, Disabled Village Children, Health Actions for Women (Only Available in English), Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, Helping Health Workers Learn, HIV Health and Your Community (Only Available in English), Where There Is No Dentist, Where There Is No Doctor, and Where Women Have No Doctor
Bed Linens, Blankets, Pillows, and Towels
Markers, Pens, and Printer Paper
Solar Lantern Lights
Local sports teams and children often lack the correct equipment to be able to participate in sporting activities to their best ability. The football league on Ometepe (both male and female) is very popular. Our local village has three teams that participate. They always need new kit and equipment.
General School Supplies:
Solar Lantern Lights
*Children’s Baseballs and Gloves, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Whistles
First Aid Kits
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.