The San Pedro de Manatí School is a primary and secondary school which serves 80 children from the ages of 5 through 17 years old. San Pedro de Manatí is a small village on the Amazon River, located 100 km from the city of Iquitos, Peru.
San Pedro de Manatí is a beautiful oasis in the jungle where villagers travel by boat, as there are no cars nor roads. They depend heavily on the Amazon river for fish and the water it supplies. Because they are so connected to their environment, they also know how to care for it. The children learn the basics of a sustainable life from their parents and schoolteachers, and many hope to go on to college in the city and study medicine, engineering, business, and more.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(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, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Hesperian Health Guides:
(Spanish) Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue and Scissors, Earring Hooks, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Netball/Basketballs and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups and Plates, and Serving Spoons
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.