Vacation Rentals in Cartagena

Many of the items on this wish list can be bought at the Éxito department store just one block away from our vacation apartments. If you will be traveling prior to arriving in Cartagena and/or prefer to pack light, consider purchasing items from this wish list locally. Muchísimas gracias!

Project #1

Pescador de Letras Foundation helps approximately 120 underprivileged children from ages 5 through 12 mainly in the impoverished La Boquilla area of Cartagena by providing them with education and support so that they will have a better future. This support includes education, recreational activities, food, as well as medical, psychological, and social support.


General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Coloring Books, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Notebooks, and Pencils

Reference Materials:
(Spanish) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Animals, Math, Month and Days, and Word

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Color Modeling Clay, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Computer Hardware/Software:
Working Laptops

Office Supplies:
Printer Paper

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Whistles

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointments, Band Aids, Cotton Balls, First Aid Kits, Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

Non-Perishable Food Items:
Snacks (which can be purchased locally)

Project #2

Cartagena Paws is a volunteer based organization dedicated to the rescue of the injured, abused and abandoned street animals of Cartagena, Colombia. We provide these animals with food, shelter and medical treatment. Our ultimate goal is to find each and every one of them a loving and permanent home.


General Medical:
Gauze, Thermometer (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Tweezers, and Stethoscopes

Dressings and Forceps

Antifungal Cream, Chloromex ( Eye ointment ), Iron Tablets, Karbo Dust, Vitamins, Wound Spray, and Dewormer: Pyrantyl or Panacaur

Bathing Towels and Swimming Towels

Animal Supplies:
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

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of October 16, 2017

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.

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.