Casa Xalteva Cultural and Language Center is an NGO that supports the local community. Their focus lies on the educational and socioeconomic advancement of young people and various families in Granada, Nicaragua. Casa Xalteva was founded in 1995 by two professors from the University of New Mexico, Ken Carpenter and Gregory Calvert. Their aim was to improve the lives of Nicaraguan children at risk.
They serve 15 children from ages 11 through 19 years old, all of whom receive learning materials, homework help, vocational training, arts and crafts, recreation and more. The primary goal of the program is prevention so that these children can break away from cycles of poverty and violence and generate positive changes in their own lives and of their community. In doing so, Casa Xalteva forms a family and home structure for these children: a safe place for them to learn, play and grow.
General School Supplies:
*College-Ruled Paper, *Colored Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, *Crayons, *Erasers, *Glue Sticks, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Highlighters, *Markers, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags,* Pens, *Rulers, and *Tape
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries
(Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printer Cartridges (HP85A), and Mouse with USB
*Craft Glue and *Craft Scissors
Inflation Pumps, *Soccer Balls, Small Soccer Goal, Tennis Balls, Volleyballs, and Volleyballs Nets
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.