The Province of Van is located in the eastern region of Turkey, where the winter season is long and the weather conditions are tough. Dincbas Elementary School and Zincirli Elementary School are two primary schools serving 270 students from ages 6 through 12 years old.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(Turkish) Age Appropriate Story Books
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
New or Gently Used Children’s Cold Weather Clothing and Shoes
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.