Gecko Villa lies between three traditional farming villages, one of which is home to Nam Thieng Primary School. The school is home to 140 children from ages 6 through 13 years old.
Gecko Villa aims to support the school and the children who attend it, many of whom are from poor, subsistence farming families.
The school is a very simple Thai village school, yet has been noted for its dedication to the preservation of both indigenous traditions and agricultural know-how.
General School Supplies:
Compasses, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English and Thai) World Maps
(English and Thai) Age Appropriate Story Books and Language/Grammar
Solar-Powered Working Laptops and Working Laptops
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Harmonicas/Kazoos and Recorders
Frisbees, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
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.