The Phiri School is located just below the Veronica Glacier in the Sacred Valley, also known as the mountain with sacred tears which the locals believe fertilizes the soil. This school has four classrooms and around 65 of the sweetest children you will ever meet. Some of these children walk for an hour to get to the school, as do the teachers. The school is very proud that they have won an environmental award, which is very special in this area. Anything you can bring for the school will be appreciated more than you can imagine!
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(Spanish and English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(Spanish and English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, Health, and Math
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Flash Drives, Memory Sticks, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble
*Air Pump and Pump Needles, Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and *New Socks
Antibiotic Ointment and Band Aids
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
*Cotton Hand Towels, *Dish Towels, and *Plastic Serving Bowls and *Cups
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.