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    Sumatra EcoVentures

    Many of the requested items, especially for the schools, can be bought locally and our team would be happy to assist you. If you would prefer to buy items locally, please contact us at

    Project #1

    Erna’s EcoFarm and Community Garden is located not far from the village of Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra. Erna owns and manages a small Eco-farm which produces organic fruit and vegetables. The community garden educates the local community about organic farming and composting. Anyone who helps gets given free fruit or vegetables.

    Erna regularly has children from the local school and students visit the farm and garden to help and learn about ecological farming. She also works closely with a community of local ladies to educate them about composting and has plans to open a compost house that the local community can use. Erna has opened a small building on the farm to house volunteers and students.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Markers, Pencils, Rulers, and Solar Lantern Lights

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Indonesian) Dictionaries, Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD, and Reference Materials Regarding Fruit and Vegetables

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English and Indonesian) Fruit, Gardening, and Vegetables

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Indonesian) Gardening, Health, *Medicinal Plants, Organic Gardening, and *Permaculture

    Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

    Bowls, Cups, Gas Bottle, Glasses, *Kettle, Pans, Pots, Serving Spoons, and *Stove

    Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
    Coffee, Sugar, and Tea Bags

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Band-Aids, Hand Cream, and Plastic Gloves

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Gage Wire, and Tape Measures

    *Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, *Gardening Gloves, *Hand Fork, *Plant Pot Labels, *Small Pruning Shears, Small Pots, Spades, and Trowel

    Herb and Vegetable Seeds:
    Seeds can be brought into Indonesia, as long as they are declared on the declaration form.
    *Herb Seeds: Basil, Chives, Lavender, Mint, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Stevia, and Thyme
    *Vegetable Seeds: Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Courgette, Radish, Salad Leaves

    Project #2

    The Bukit Lawang education centre is a non-profit organisation, located in the small village of Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra. The centre provides free Kindagarten classes every morning and afternoon English classes to local children from many villages. The afternoon classes main focus is teaching English and learning about environmental conservation.
    The centre is open to the community and has a library. It hopes to empower the local community to conserve their environment.

    We believe that education is vital and through children positive changes can be made for a better future.

    Bukit Lawang Trust also wishes to empower and enable the local community to protect and look after the Gunung Leuseur National Park. We hope through education the locals will find alternative sources of income to palm oil and work together to protect the Gunung Leuser National Park.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, and Markers

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Indonesian) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Indonesian) First Aid, Health, and Language/Grammar

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (English) Community Guide to Environmental Health, Where There Is No Dentist, and Where There Is No Doctor

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, *Fabric (for Bean Bag Chairs), *Large Paint Brushes and Rollers, *Room Curtains, Sewing Needles, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, and Printer Cartridges (CANON 810 Black and 811 Color)

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

    First Aid/Health:
    Band-Aids and Bandages

    Office Supplies:
    Pens, Printer Paper, Scissors, and Staplers

    Books about Gardening, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, and Trowel

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    *Hammocks, *Mosquito Nets, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Washing Powder, and *Yoga Mats

    Project #3

    Green Class provides a free class to local children every Thursday. On Sundays, they have an activity to clean up the local irrigation canal. The class is located in Gotong Royong, the adjacent village to Bukit Lawang. The children come from the local village and ages range from 6 to 13 years.

    The class is taught in a large wooden gazebo type structure, with no chairs just a white board. All teachers are local volunteers who teach the children about environmental issues, recycling, animals, the local environment and English classes.

    Any supplies would be greatly appreciated by the children which would be used for school or for this class.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Lined Paper Books, Plain Paper Books, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Stickers, and *Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Indonesian) *Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    (English and Indonesian) *Alphabet, *Animals, *Fruits and Vegetables, *Insects, *Math, *Plants, and *Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English and Indonesian) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Indonesian) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Acrylic Brushes and Paints, *Coloring Books, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Crochet Hooks, Fabric Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    *Gardening Gloves

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 23, 2020

    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.

    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.