For 4 years we have been actively involved with the local primary school (the only school), teaching English, creating and stocking the valley’s first library, teaching computer skills (with a single laptop which was donated), taking the kids hiking, sponsoring an annual trash clean up day (and party!), teaching the kids field biology (camera trapping) and helping them learn how to apply for funds for themselves – as in the school trip that they hope to organize annually.
The school classrooms are basically bare, with electricity only recently installed. Any school supplies or equipment are invaluable if this next generation is to learn the skills which are necessary in order to function in the larger world. Thank you for thinking of us!
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-ruled Paper
(Albanian, English, German and Italian) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English, German and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English, German and Italian) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
*Acrylic Brushes and Paints, *Buttons, *Craft Glue, *Craft Scissors, *Fashion Magazines, *Gage Wire, *Sewing Needles, *Thread, *Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and *Wire Cutters
Printer Cartridges, *Tablets, USB Cables, and *Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Connect Four and Puzzles
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, and Spades
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.