Shinta Mani School of Hospitality, located on the grounds of Shinta Mani Siem Reap has one of the largest populations of unskilled youth in all of Southeast Asia. This school impacts over 300 underprivileged Cambodian children and has more than 175 Khmer graduates who remain employed.
In 2011, all such community projects were unified under an independent and locally-registered Cambodian not-for-profit organization known as the Shinta Mani Foundation. This foundation has expanded its programming to provide healthcare and support small business start-ups.
The Development Center educates students for 10 months providing free tuition, uniforms, materials, and bicycles, as well as two meals each day. They also receive a small stipend of rice and money to help support their families. All students learn English as well as general life skills.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Contstruction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English and Khmer) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English and Khmer) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Khmer) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, Printer Cartridges, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, Puzzles, and toys you can build with (like LEGO®)
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
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
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Multivitamins, and Sanitary Napkins
The Shinta Mani Foundation supports Cambodian doctors and visiting medical and dental professionals provide medical check-ups in rural areas. Medical and dental costs are some of the most debilitating expenses for families in Cambodia and many do not receive adequate care and attention.
We believe that promoting preventive health measures (such as educating rural Cambodians on the proper use of mosquito nets, as well as supporting those who have immediate medical and dental issues) is necessary to ensure the entire community’s long-term development.
Ace Bandages, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (Digital), Blood Sugar Machines and Strips, Cannulas, First-Aid Kits, Gauze, Giving Sets, Hot Pack, Ice/Cold Pack, Needles, Pen-Torches /Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tweezers, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks
Fetal Doppler, Laryngoscope, Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, Oxygen Concentrator, Pediatric Laryngoscope, Slit-Lamp, Stethoscope, and
USS Doppler + Probe
Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Forceps, Needle Holders, Plaster of Paris, Speculum, Surgical Gloves, Surgical Scrubs, and Swabs
Nylon 1, Silk 2/0 (or any non-absorbable equivalent for skin, such as Ethilon), Vicryl 2/0 (or Chromic 2/0), Vicryl 1, and Vicryl 0 (or Chromic 0)
5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, and 50 ml Syringes
Malaria Testing Kits (RDTs – Rapid Diagnostic Test kits with reagent), and Pregnancy Testing Kits
Albuterol Inhalers, Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Asprin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (Any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Magnesium Sulfate Paste, Metronidazole (Flagyl), Paracetamol, Permethrin (Scabies Cream), Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets
Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cannulas (particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Child O2 Sats Probe, Cloth Diapers and Cips, Hats (for Premature Babies), Foepostoscope, Infant Formula Milk (Must be in date and seal intact), Neonatal Stats Probe, Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), and Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes
Bed linens, Face Towels, Pillows, and Towels
Calculators (Solar), Markers, Notebooks, Pencils, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, and Staplers
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.