Dolphin Bay Hideaway


The local community school of Bocatorito is located on Isla San Cristobal within the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama. This island is totally off the grid, with no electric power and has no roads nor vehicles. Our mission is to provide school and light medical supplies and eventually solar panels to power ceiling fans. The project benefits 28 local school children ages 6 through 12 years old and the entire community of Bocatorito.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights

Reference Materials:
(Spanish) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(Spanish and English) Alphabet, Math, Word, and English

Wall Charts:
(Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Solar-Powered Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble

Music Instruments:
Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Tambourines, and Triangles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls

New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of March 19, 2020

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.

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.