The daycare center Los Ositos in León, Nicaragua is attended by about 90 children from ages 0 through 6 years old, which mainly come from poor families. Younger children and babies 0 through 2 years attend kindergarten, while the 3 year olds through to 6 year olds learn at the preschool. Due to a lack of funds, the daycare center is poorly equipped. Above all, there is a lack of creative learning and playing materials.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Exercise Books, and White and/or Colored Paper for Drawing, Painting, and Cutting
(Spanish) Alphabet and Math
(Spanish) Human Body, Math, World Maps, Health, Hygiene, Values, and Environment Protection
(Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books
Age Appropriate Scissors and Coloring Books
Puzzles, Educational Games to Practice Numbers, Counting, Words, Letters and Memory Games
Netball/Basketballs and Soccer Balls
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.