Alejandro Alvear School educates 80 students from ages 4 through 17 years old on the island of San Cristrobal. The Corazones Unidos Foundation, also on the island, helps over 15 children from ages 7 through 15 years old with special needs, focusing on education and social areas.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Fauna & Flora, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Tablets and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Flutes, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, and Tambourines
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Scissors, Staplers, and Permanent Markers
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.