Yarina Ecological Reserve

Yarina Eco Lodge, is member of Yuturi Conservation Group, an organization involved in many rainforest conservation projects that are supported by national and international organizations with the same feelings.


San Carlos is a small, Indian Quichua community, located on the Napo River in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. The school serves 95 children from the ages of 5 through 17 years old and is supported by The San Carlos Foundation, the Yarina Ecological Reserve, and the Yuturi Conservation Group.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and (Spanish Only) Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(Spanish Only) Alphabet, Math, and (English and Spanish) Word

Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Language, Math, (English Only) Science, and World Maps

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

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of November 15, 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.