We support the Ideas Partnership Learning Centre, which serves 370 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian learners from ages 3 through from neighborhoods in Fushe and Kosove, which is about 20 minutes from Prishtina. Most of the families here earn their living from scavenging from the garbage, and from begging. Only 4% of this community complete compulsory education and illiteracy is high. The project offers kindergarten education, weekend academic support for kids in school, mediation to get kids into school, health support and antenatal care and clothes distribution.
General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, and Rulers
(Albanian) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(Albanian and English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
*New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and *Newborn Baby Clothes
Bars of Soap, *Disposable Nappies for Newborns, *Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and *Sudacrem or Similar Baby Cream
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Books about Gardening, *Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, *Gardening Gloves, *Hand Fork, *Small Pruning Shears, Spades, Trowel, and *Seeds (Vegetable and Herb Seeds, Suitable for a Western Balkan Climate of Warm Summers)
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. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
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.