Escuela Juan Jose Flores, the local elementary school in the rural community of Chugchilan, has expanded in recent years to include students K-12. There are over 400 students ages 6 through 18 years old that converge daily from the surrounding mountains. They have a constant need for didactic educational materials.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Compasses, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers
(Spanish) Alphabet and Math
Laminated Wall Charts:
(Spanish) Language, Math Science, and World Maps
Chess Sets and Scrabble
Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
New or Gently Used Clothing and Shoes
Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths
After volunteer teaching in the local high schools for 20 years, Black Sheep Inn now has a scholarship fund to help some of the best students go to university. There are incredibly bright students that otherwise would never have an opportunity to attend university to get a degree. Once selected the students receive a stipend to support them until they graduate. We have had a total of 8 students over the years and 2 have graduated with degrees in Ecotourism and Agronomy. Two students are currently studying medicine and education and another is practicing his doctorate residency.
These students have a need for extra supplies in addition to the rent and transportation that our scholarship covers.
(Spanish) Where There Is No Doctor and other Hesperian Health Guides
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, *Mobile Phones, *Tablets, USB Cables, and *Working Laptops
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.