Yarina Eco Lodge started 10 years ago as a program to teach the importance of conserving wildlife and our environment with the local community. Year by year, as the lodge continued to grow, it changed and developed new important forms of work with the local people, along with national and international tourists. Today, the lodge is considered one of the most important and best rescue centers of wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencil Cases/Bags, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Mobile Phones, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Connect Four, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Puzzles
Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, and Maracas
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Whistles
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Underwear, and *Rubber Boots (Ecuadorian Sizes 32-40)
Bath Towels and Mosquito Nets
Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Vaseline
Books about Gardening
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.