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
(Spanish and English) Alphabet, Math, Word, and English
(Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Tambourines, and Triangles
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
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.