Through its community centers, Save the Children works with economically and socially deprived children, providing a safe environment for them to be in while their parents are still at work. Through recreational, cultural, athletic, and educational activities, they seek to improve the quality of life of children from ages 6 through 12 years old. Save the Children is part of the International Save the Children Alliance, an organization represented in over 125 countries that currently helps 1,000 children in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Crayons, Exercise/Composition Books, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, and Pens
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints
(Spanish) Alphabet Flash Cards
(Spanish) World Maps
(Spanish) Age Appropriate and Non-Violent Story Books
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, Printer Cartridges, and Working Laptops
Baby Dolls, (Spanish) Board Games, Chess Sets, Play-Doh, Plastic Play Tea Set, Plastic Play Kitchen Set, Plastic Food Toys, Play Sets (Doctor, Veterinarian, Carpenter, Policeman, and Fireman), Costumes, Toys (Cars, Trucks, Airplanes, and Boats), Puzzles, and Table Games (Memory Card Games, Rubix Cubes, Sudoku, Lego, and Jenga)
Maracas, Xylophones, Bongos, and Guitars
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Volleyballs
Playa Animal Rescue is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abandoned dogs, and ultimately finding them permanent, loving homes. Unfortunately, strays are easily seen in all streets of Mexico. Their clinic is in the process of being built, and they need help finishing it. Aside from rescuing strays, Playa Animal Rescue’s dream is to build a low cost clinic for the pets of local people who have fewer resources, hence promoting health for the locals.
Antibiotic Ointment, Plastic Gloves, and Sanitary Napkins
Lubricant, Sterile Surgical Gloves, Surgical Instrument Cleaner, Surgical Instrument Marking Tape, and Surgical Instrument Rings
Adult Exedd Food*, Blankets, Brushes and Combs, Certifect*, Chew Toys, Collars, Dewormer, Dog Carriers (All Sizes), Dog Crates (All Sizes), Dog Food, Dog Gates, Dog Snacks, Feeding Trays, Flea Shampoo*, Food and Water Bowls, Frontline*, Harnesses, Heartgard*, Kennels*, Leashes, Medicated Shampoo*, Pet Shampoo and Conditioners, Puppy Pedigree Food*, Tick Shampoo*, and Trifexis*
MY FRIEND OF THE STREET A.C. (MAC), started rescue operations and fundraising for food for abandoned and injured animals.
They have successfully implemented sterilization, vaccination and deworming campaigns for dogs and cats in low-income Mayan communities.
Their team consists of specialist veterinarians, MAC staff, Altournative staff, altruistic associations and volunteers. In the past, they carried out its 7th Integral Campaign in Mayan Communities, achieving 124 sterilizations of dogs and cats in the communities of Macario GÃ³mez and Francisco May.
Cat Food, Cat Snacks, Dog Food, Dog Snacks, and Hill A/D Cat Food
Blankets, Brushes and Combs, Cat Carriers, Cat Crates, Chew Toys, Collars, Dog Carriers (All Sizes), Dog Crates (All Sizes), Dog Gates, Feeding Trays, Flea Shampoo, Food and Water Bowls, Frontline, Grooming Tools, Harnesses, Heartgard Dewormer, Leashes, Pet Bedding, Pet Shampoo and Conditioners, Rugs, Small Plastic Swimming Pools, and Water Bottles
Fundacion Contando Con Un Amigo is an association whose main driving force is the operation of a little school where the basic education and nutrition needs of children and some adults in vulnerable situations are mainly attended to this community. We firmly believe that it is through this education their vision of the world is transformed, helping them to improve their own environment and their families’. It is located in Playa del Carmen, in a very vulnerable area, without even basic services.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, 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
(English, French, and Spanish) Dictionaries
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English, French, and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English, French, and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
*Mobile Phones, Printer and Appropriate Printer Cartridges, *Tablets, *USB Cables, and *Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Puzzles
New Bras and Underwear and New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
*Bowls, *Pans, *Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates, *Pots, *Serving Spoons, and *Spatulas
Non-Perishable Food Items:
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally: Nonperishable Food Items
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: *Acrylic Brushes and Paints and Beads for Bead Work
Gardening Gloves and Small Pruning Shears
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.