The Song Saa Foundation is working with the schools of the Koh Rong Archipelago to help over 520 students receive the supplies they need for a quality education.
Due to the island’s remote location and the low income levels of their families, many struggle to afford simple school supplies. Supplies provided by Pack for a Purpose travelers will make an immeasurable contribution to the learning capacity and academic well-being of the children of the Archipelago.
General School Supplies:
*Alarm Clocks, Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and *Solar Lantern Lights/Flashlights
(English) Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Globes, and Picture Dictionaries
(English and Khmer) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Khmer) Human Body, Health and Hygience, Impact of Plastics, Math, Oceans, Science, and World Maps
(Khmer) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Hesperian Health Guides:
Where There Is No Doctor, Where There Is No Dentist, and Community Guide to Environmental Health
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Bananagrams, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Badminton/shuttlecocks, Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Table Tennis Paddles and Balls, Tennis Balls, Twister, and Whistles
Flip Flops, Gym Plimsolls, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, *Raincoats, Soccer Shoes and Socks, Sun Hats, and *Umbrellas
Antibiotic Ointment, Bamboo Toothbrush, Band-Aids, *Body Soap, Charcoal Tablets, *Dental Kits, *Hand Soap, Lice Shampoo, Multi Vitamins, Mosquito Repellent, Toothpaste, Washable Sanitary Pads/Underwear, and Water Purification Tablets
Handheld Dry Erase Boards and Chalkboards, Display Folders, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, Staplers, and Sticky Tac for Walls
Aluminium Water Bottles, Bowls, Eco Carry Bags, Plastic Serving Bowls Cups and Plates, Reusable Ziplock Bags, and Serving Spoons
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Acrylic Paints, Clothing Catalogs, Gage Wire, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Sewing Needles, and Sewing Scissors
The Song Saa Collective works with the communities of the Koh Rong Archipelago to help over 800 people receive basic medical attention through our local and expat Doctors and Visiting Practitioners assisting with common to major medical complaints.
There are five local villages in the surrounding archipelago and we periodically visit the more remote villages to assist where we can. For our closer villages we operate daily general medical care as needed as well as medivac services to the mainland hospitals.
Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, *First Aid Kits, Gauze, Hot Packs, Ice/Cold Packs, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Splints, Surgical Masks, Tampons, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tweezers, Urine Dipsticks, and Washable Sanitary Pads/Underwear
Minor Procedure Lamps, Slit-Lamp, and Stethoscopes
Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Hazardous Waste Bins/Sharps Box, Surgical Gloves, and Swabs
Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits
Acne Creams, Activated Charcoal Tablets, Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibacterial Soap, Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, *Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Burn Cream, Cephalexin, Cold and Flu Medicines, Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, *Fungal Nail Creams, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Iodine, Lice Shampoo, Magnesium Sulfate Paste, Metronidazole (Flagyl), Nail Clippers/Scissors, Oral Rehydration Salts, Paracetamol, *Probiotics, Psoriasis and Eczema Body Wash and Creams/Ointment, Vitamins, Water Purification Tablets, and Zinc Tablets
Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Baby Soap, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Cloth Diapers and Clips, Hats (for Premature Babies), Newborn Clothes, and Weighing Scales
(English and Khmer) Medical Dictionary and WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book
Hesperian Health Guides:
A Book for Midwives, Helping Health Workers Learn, Where There Is No Doctor, and Where There Is No Dentist
Bed Linens, Mosquito Nets, Pillows, and Towels
Printer Paper and Solar Calculators
*Solar Lantern Lights and Solar Powered Flashlights and Head Flashlights
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.