Salt Creek School supports 225 children from ages 5 through 15 years old. Salt Creek is a rural Ngobe-Bugle Indian village of roughly 750 residents located on Isla Bastimentos in Bocas del Toro, Panama.
The village does not have access to municipal water or electricity. Over 90% of the village does not have any income and still fishes and farms to feed their families. Even with all of these obstacles, Salt Creek is a bustling and happy community with a great and growing school.
Due to the extreme poverty and very limited access to supplies of any kind, the village is always in need of basic medical and school supplies. It’s up to the few resorts in the area and their generous guests to supply the village school with these very important items.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-ruled Paper
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
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.