Quku i Valbones Guesthouse & Services


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!

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


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

Reference Materials:
(Albanian, English, German and Italian) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

Wall Charts:
(English, German and Italian) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

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

Art Supplies:
*Acrylic Brushes and Paints, *Buttons, *Craft Glue, *Craft Scissors, *Fashion Magazines, *Gage Wire, *Sewing Needles, *Thread, *Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and *Wire Cutters

Computer Hardware/Software:
Printer Cartridges, *Tablets, USB Cables, and *Working Laptops

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

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

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Office Supplies:
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers


Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, and Spades

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of May 25, 2017

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.