The Namara Village School & Kindergarten was founded in 1980. The school serves 85 children from ages 3 through 13 years old. There are four classrooms and four teachers teaching eight classes, as two grades are taught together in each room. Once the children finish their years at the primary school the majority then attend boarding school on the main island of Vitu Levu for their high school education.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Pens
(English, Portuguese) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing
Bowls, *Plastic Serving Cups, *Plastic Serving Plates, *Reusable Plastic Water Bottles, *Utensils
The Muaira Village Library was opened in early 2015 and is run by the Muaira Village Women’s Club. The primary school serves 100 children from the ages of 3 through 14 years old. They are asked to spend time in the library for at least one hour each day after school. The Muaira Village Library also provides literature and academic support material for the inhabitants of Kese (251 people) and Muaira (165 people).
Arts and Recreation, Children’s Storybooks, Computer Science and Information, Early Childhood Development, History and Geography, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Science, Technology, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction
Learning Games and Puzzles
Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(Current) Atlases, Dictionaries, Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD, and Thesauruses, and Children’s References Books on Animals, Computers, Marine Life, Space and Vehicles
Hesperian Health Guides:
(In English) A Book for Midwives, Community Guide to Environmental Health, Health Actions for Women, Helping Health Workers Learn, Where There Is No Dentist, Where There Is No Doctor and Where Women Have No Doctor
Reading Mats and Solar Lights
The Kese Health Centre was established in 1970 and supports five settlements, three schools, and five villages. It is staffed by one nurse and helps roughly 500 children and 315 pregnant women each year. Much of the support provided is for maternal, infant care and community health but at times the center is the first point of contact for emergency cases (stitches, broken bones, dislocated limbs, and decompression sickness from incorrect scuba diving). The center has two beds and also assists with basic dental requirements every Friday. Any medical equipment or supplies can only assist the community members making use of this facility, living in the Naviti Area
Ace Bandages, *Adhesive Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Band-Aids, *Contraceptive Devices and Medication, Digital Thermometers, First Aid Kits, *Gauze, *Neck Braces, Needles, *Old Spectacles, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Scissors, Small Scissors, Splints, *Sterile Bandages/Plaster, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Triangular Bandages, Tweezers, and Urine Dipsticks
5 ml, 10 ml, 20 ml, and 50 ml
Pregnancy Testing Kits
Alcohol Gel, *Antibacterial Ointment, *Antibacterial Ear and Eye Drops, Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Aspirin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Cough Treatments, First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Folic Acid, Hydrocortisone Cream, *Ibuprofen, Metronidazole (Flagyl), Oral Rehydration Salts, Paracetamol, Permethrin (Scabies Cream), Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets
(English) Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and WHO “Hospital Care for Children” Book
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) A Book for Midwives, Disabled Village Children, Health Actions for Women, Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, Helping Health Workers Learn, HIV Health and Your Community, Where There Is No Dentist, and Where There Is No Doctor, Where Women Have No Doctor
*Rechargeable Heavy Duty Solar Lights and Solar Lantern Lights
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.