Accommodation

    Hotel Gracanica

    Project

    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.

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

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    *Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, and Rulers

    Reference Materials:
    (Albanian) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    Math

    Wall Charts:
    (Albanian and English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    *Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets

    Clothing/Shoes:
    *New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and *Newborn Baby Clothes

    Linens:
    Light Blankets

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    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:
    Craft Glue

    Gardening:
    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)

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 18, 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.