At Banyan Tree, we understand that having healthy children and adolescents is fundamental to being a healthy and sustainable society. These children have the right to education and play, which is why we support vulnerable populations in places where our hotels are located. Some of these places include community schools, rural populations, and temporary shelters. Two examples of success are the community school Vida y Esperanza, located near Playa del Carmen, and The Vulnerable Groups Unit of the municipal DIF, spaces in which there are children and young people who want to finish their basic studies and aspire to a better future. These children just need a little push. You can help them!
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
(Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
Printers with Compatible Cartridges and Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Connect Four, Die-cast Miniature Models in Metal, Dolls, Puzzles, Reduced-size Model Cars, Recreational Model Train Sets (Non-Battery Operated), and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets, Cymbals, Flutes, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Recorders, and Xylophones
Badminton Racquets, Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Table-Tennis Equipment, and Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Diapers, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
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.