Entreamigos is a community center that provides educational opportunities for children and families in San Francisco (San Pancho) Nayarit, Mexico, a small, rural town of about 2,500 residents.
Entreamigos staff of volunteers and teachers provides educational classes to 300 students per year, parenting workshops to over 100 mothers and fathers, targeted vocational training to women and elderly members of the community, and sponsors school scholarships for 107 local students.
Donated items will be used to augment the center’s constantly depleting resources; provide materials for their creative after-school curriculum, contribute to the annual school supply give-away benefitting over 250 students and 30 public school classrooms; and support the sustainability of the center by providing secondhand clothing and household items to be sold in their thrift store.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Clip Boards, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Paper Clips, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Permanent Markers, Printer Paper, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Staples, Staplers, Wide-Ruled Paper, and White Board Erasers
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Tablets, and Working Laptops
Board Games, Collapsible Tunnel, Coloring Books, Foosball Balls, Magnets (Big enough to not fit in little mouths), Ping Pong Balls and Rackets, Puzzles, Puppets, Stickers, Toy Doctor’s Kit, Toy Food and Kitchen Items, Toy Tools, Wooden Doll House, and Wooden Puzzles
Castanets, Cymbals, Maracas, Recorders, Hand Drums, and Guitars
Cones, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Volleyballs
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New or Gently Used Adult’s Clothing and Shoes
Bath Towels, Bed Linens (Twin Size), and Mosquito Nets
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Plastic Gloves, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Crochet Hooks, Drawing Paper, Earring Hooks, Elmer’s Glue, Fabric Scissors, Hot Glue Sticks, Hot Glue Guns, Oil Pastels, Paint Brushes (All Sizes), Paint Rollers, Silicon Liquid Glue, Sewing Needles, Tempera Paints, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, Watercolor Paper, and Wire Cutters
Gardening Gloves, Hoes, Picks, and Shovels
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.