VOMO supports two local villages at the bottom of Yasawa Islands, located just 30 minutes by boat from the resort. Yamata Village is home to 130 adults and 70 children, and Yalobi Village is home to 158 adults and 46 children.
The villages are about an hour and a half away by boat from the mainland with limited modes of transport, which makes it very difficult to get supplies. Items donated will be passed onto the villagers by our team, which will be distributed to the families on the island and to the schools for children to share.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Craft Scissors, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Notebooks, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar
(English) Math and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Guitar and Recorders
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Rugby Balls, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis
New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Linen Sets
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
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.