Our Pack for a Purpose Project focuses on the provision of educational supplies to assist with our children’s learning at the primary schools in the local communities. This includes the Tualang Gepang Primary School (serving 170 children from ages 7 through 12 years old), the Gotong Royong Primary School (serving 230 children from ages 7 through 12 years old), and the Batu Katak Primary School (serving 120 children from ages 7 to 12 years old). Most of the children’s parents are small farmers who cannot afford good education for their children.
The Nature School at Selang Pangeran and the Batu Katak English School run a free school in the Bukit Lawang area of North Sumatra, Indonesia. The schools support 40 and 20 children, respectively, from the ages of 7 through 14 years old.
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, *Lined Exercise Books, Markers, *Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, Protractors, *Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-ruled Paper
(English) Dictionaries, Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD, and *Tuttle Concise Indonesian-English Dictionaries
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Storybooks, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Community Guide to Environmental Health
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Sewing Needles, Thread, and Watercolor Paints
Educational Software (English and maths), Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Mobile Phones, Printers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Spades, and Trowel
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.