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#333: Soap-making Supplies, Cameroon:  Unit costs are: $60.00 soap materials; $100.00 cutting table; $2.00 label and packaging.  Women and girls in Cameroon face marginalization, injustice and poverty.  In the Center region, especially Yaounde and its environs, there are more children living in single parenting homes or forced to live with relatives or friends due to the financial hardship of their mothers.  These mothers are helpless and hopeless and cannot take proper care of their children with no money and no jobs.  This soap-making project is a solution to a desperate situation.  It aims to provide at least 25 vulnerable women with skills in soap production, leadership and business.

Soap is a useful item in homes.  Families usually buy laundry soap and powder soap; hospitals also need soap for cleaning.  This project will provide immediate income so that women can take care of themselves and their family.

#332: Books and Craft Supplies, Nicaragua:  $10.00 will purchase a book and $25.00 will provide craft supplies for a 4-series program held once a week in a library program.  Most children in Nicaragua start school without ever having read a book. The nonprofit organization, Seeds of Learning is addressing this need with the newly opened Barrilete Library and Tutoring Space. Located in the city of Matagalpa (pop. 150,000), this is the first resource of its kind in the city. The library offers books, reading activities and story hours, homework assistance, tutoring, and a computer lab. The library also offers activities such as arts and crafts classes and science experiments.

#331: Solar Lamps and Calculators, Haiti:  $10.00 will provide a solar light and $15.00 will purchase a calculator.  Girls in Haiti face huge cultural and economic barriers to education.  Those who do manage to enroll in school are helped tremendously by have a solar light and a calculator.  MercyBeyondBorders.org works in remote, rural settings, including war zones, to promote girls' education.  Without a solar lamp students cannot study after sundown.  The lamps provides safe, bright focused light for 4 hours a night and is rugged enough to withstand heat, humidity and dust for years.  These lamps are life-changing, because girls who do well in school can avoid early marriage and the lifetime of poverty that usually ensues.  Calculators are now required in many high schools and university classes but many girls in Haiti cannot afford to purchase them. 

#330: Medical and Dental Supplies, Cambodia:  $10.00 will provide the necessary medical and dental supplies and equipment along with medications to treat one patient.  Project Angkor is a nonprofit, non-denominational humanitarian organization whose mission is to enhance the health of the medically underserved people of Cambodia by providing them with free medical and dental care.  Each year a team of approximately 100 volunteers from across the US provides pediatric, ophthalmology, general medicine and dentistry services.  On average 500-800 patients are treated each day. 
Between 1975 and 1979 under the rule of the communist Khmer Rouge an estimated 25 percent (2-3 million) of the total population perished from mass execution, torture, forced labor, malnutrition and disease.  It is estimated that only 45 medical doctors survived.

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#329: Books, Colombia:  $10.00 will provide a reading book for a student.  Colombia has experienced many positive developments in recent years, including a growing and diversified economy and improved relations with neighboring countries. However, Colombia still faces grave difficulties within the country.  Almost 6,000,000 people were registered as being internally displaced according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which calls it “Colombia’s Invisible Crisis.” Montebello, a small city outside of Cali, has 30,000 refugees who settled there within the past few decades.  There are insufficient public schools to accommodate the refugee children.  The Fundacion Escuela Para La Vida runs a private school built almost entirely from bamboo which is subsidized by the government.  The school, however, has minimal books and other school supplies. Associated Organization: Fundacion Escuela Para La Vida.

#328: Art Supplies: San Rafael, California:  The following art supplies are needed per student: Linoleum blocks, $8.00; ink, $6.00; brayers, $3.00; gouges, $4.00; trays and spoons, $1.00; canvas, $3.00 and paper and pencils $3.00.  For nearly 10 years, ForWords has been committed to helping low income, underserved students read, write, think critically and see worlds beyond the streets of their neighborhood, to become educated, productive citizens.  First generation 7th and 8th grade students meet after school to read works by award winning authors.  They analyze how ideas are conveyed through art.  In their final project students create linoleum prints with positive images, accompanied by their writings that challenge the negative narratives of racism and sexism today.  The finished works will be displayed in a public gallery and published in a book.  The project is part of the ForWords "College Access and Student Success" program which engages students and their families in their educational success, working towards high school graduation and eventually college.

#327:  Toilets, Mexico:  Building supplies for toilets are needed:  $10.00 each, cement bags; $5.00 each, rods; $24.00, 15kg annealed wire; $35.00, 5kg nails;  $24.00, 15kg wire rod; $36.00, 3m construction sand; $42.00, 2m gravel; $64.00 each, wall partitions.  Casa Hogar Los Angelitos (CHLA) provides 24 hour care in a family-like setting with emotional, mental and medical care, education, spiritual foundation and English and Expressive arts classes.  Helping each child, regardless of previous circumstances, reach his or her full potential and dreams is the guiding principal.  Education is a proven avenue to breaking the cycle of poverty.  All the school age children at CHLA attend school.  Children are not sent back to the streets at a certain age but are encouraged to stay in school.  After high school students are encouraged to continue their studies.  CHLA is a non-profit organization under Mexican law.  It is not a religious or government organization.

#326: Female Dog Sterilization, De-worming and Food, Kuta Lombok, Indonesia: $50 will pay for a female dog sterilization; $5.00 for a scabies shot; $5.00 for de-worming and $5.00 for food for one dog for a week.  The Kuta Lombok Dogs project was founded in 2015 to help the stray dogs of South Lombok, Indonesia.  On this island of pristine beaches and breathtaking scenery, the dogs face a hard time as they fight for survival.  Food, water and shelter are limited and they are constantly being chased away by the local people who are trying to safeguard their livestock and villages.  This project works in cooperation with a number of local veterinarians.  The project conducts sterilization programs to control the population humanely; treats sick or injured dogs, feeds dogs; tries to find homes for the strays and organizes education events for local people.

#325: Medical Supplies, Alameda County, California: Since 2002 Street Level Health has responded to the specialized needs of a community which is 93% foreign-born.  Known to many as the "safety net of the safety net" Street Level Health is a critical entry point in the health care and social service system for a marginalized population excluded from the Affordable Health Care Act.  The drop-in service model provides health screenings and episodic care to hundreds of immigrants annually.  This includes behavioral health, nutrition consultation and case management services that aid in navigating the complex health care system   The following types of items are needed: $18 Adhesive strip band-aids;  $11.00 exam gloves: $34.00 disposable ear specula; $102.00 Urine specimen container; $21.00 Blood glucose test strips; $40.00 Lancet needles; $33.00 Table paper (12/case); $28.00 cotton balls and $58.00 Syringe with hypodermic needles.

#324: School Library Roof Repair Building Supplies, Uganda: The library building at the Batwa Pygmy School in Rwaburindi needs building and repair supplies. $56.00 per metal door; $250.00 per window; $5.50 per roofing sheet; $42.00 for roofing nails; $7.50 for timber pieces; and $8.50 per bag of cement. Batwa Pygmies are a marginalized group in Uganda. They were relocated out of their homeland and way of life when the National parks were established, protecting the gorillas. From primitive hunter gatherers they had to adjust to being small farmers or day laborers on other people's land. Their chance of survival for their children is education, yet their schools are often neglected and unequipped. Even so hundreds of children, poorly nourished and without basic supplies are joyfully coming to school every day to learn.

#323: Library Books, Cambodia: $10.00 will purchase a library book. Learning English has become an important way out of poverty for children in country villages in Cambodia where people are still trying to recover from the disastrous effects of the Khmer Rouge regime. An after school English language and literacy program has been set up in Ou Tou Teng, a village not far from Siem Reap, with no electricity and a very high illiteracy rate. There, many of the 1,800 children are highly motivated to improve life by advancing their education so that they can get better jobs. Learning English is key to this goal. Two English classes, which started in September 2016 and meet five days a week in the village, are taught by a Cambodian English teacher who is being guided by an American professor of linguistics and literacy, who is running the project. Funds are sought to supplement the class lessons by starting a library for students and their families, which will encourage them to continue to read and learn. Village families have already started building bookshelves for the project; now the books are needed to fill them!

#322: Water Filtration System, Peru: $530.00 will provide a clean, safe water filtration system to a high-poverty village in the mountains around Cusco. 68% of the children living in this type of community contract worms from unsafe water. The filtration system removes bacteria and pathogens and supplies 10 - 19 liters per minute of clean, safe water. This flow rate is sufficient for a school or for 4-6 households. The unit can provide safe water for approximately 10 years without the need to replace the filter element. Each filter comes with a water curriculum and water testing kit. Associated Organization: Kumpi Mayu Foundation.

#321: Swaziland, Manuals for Setting up a Libraries: $6.00 will purchase a manual. The African Library Project coordinates book drives in North America to start small libraries in rural schools in Africa. To ensure these libraries are sustained, each school is required to send a teacher-librarian to a training, and each teacher-librarian receives a manual on How To Set Up and Run a Small Library in Africa. These manuals contain instructions on library organization, borrowing systems, reading games for children and more. The manuals will go to print soon for the 2017 shipment of new libraries to Swaziland. Associated Organization: African Library Project.

#320: Bedding Supplies, Kenya:  $60.00 bed; $6.00 blanket; $20.00 mattress; $3.00 sheets; $7.00 mosquito net.  These supplies are needed at the Safe House in Nakuru, Kenya.  The safe house provides temporary shelter for boys and girls up to the age of 18.  Assistance is provided to children who have been abandoned, abused, found lost or destitute or exposed to domestic violence; or whose parent/s have been imprisoned; or female children who have been subjected to female genital mutilation and/or early marriage.  The purpose of the safe house is to give short term shelter, food and counseling to children in need of care and protection.  These children receive necessary services to ensure that they are not further traumatized.  After a review of their situation children are re-united with their family, referred to an institution for fostering or adoption or released to an appropriate person for supervision.

#319: Eco-friendly Schoolroom Construction, Myanmar (Burma): $300.00 bamboo; $300.00 tar paper membrane for roofing; $25 machete set for a builder; $12.00 saw blades. The Kachin ethnic minority group that inhabits Northern Shan and Kachin States in northern Myanmar have started an initiative to transform their communities through using a child-centered approach to education.  Complementing this transformative approach to education is building eco-friendly schools.  Construction using adobe bricks is sustainable as no natural resources are abused.  Volunteers and the community manually craft the bricks, block by block, into walls with great thermal insulating capability.  The bricks are integrated with other natural materials like bamboo to construct cost effective, eco-friend roofs.  Project Video links: https://youtu.be/zpQdxzZRM08 and https://youtu.be/uP6QYbNHWU8

#318: Sewing Machines and Materials, South Africa: $70.00 for an industrial straight stitch machine; $70.00 for an industrial overlock machine and $70.00 for start-up materials are needed for a sewing project at Huntington Village to benefit youth and women who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Located adjacent to Kruger National Park, this area has been identified as having one of the largest concentrations of poverty in the country.  70% of the community is not economically active.  This is due in part to the fact that they do not have employable skills, have not had access to skills training and do not have the resources available to obtain these skills.

#317: Orphanage Expansion and Beds, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):  The Kimbondo Orphanage, outside of Kinshasa, was founded in 1990 and currently houses, clothes, feeds, and educates over 800 children.   One building, consists of two bedrooms (each ~20 square meters) and two bathrooms and is shared by 80 young people, ages 5 – 14.  Three teachers from a local international school, working with a trusted six-year live-in volunteer, have begun the “A Bed for Each Child Project”, to add on two large bedrooms and bathrooms.  When the new addition is outfitted with long-lasting concrete frame bunk beds and mattresses, each of the 80 children will be able to sleep in his/her own bed.  Cost estimates: $12.00, bag of cement; $60.00, concrete bunk bed; $11.00, roof sheet; $145.00 door. Through additional funds the project also will provide labor for 25 people—hugely important in a region wracked by unemployment. Additionally, ten Kimbondo teens will receive construction training.  Blog: www.abedforeachchild.blogspot.co.uk.

#316:  Garden and Fencing Supplies: Uganda: The following are needed to set up a Perma Garden program and individual gardens: $12.00, seeds; $13.00, plant seedlings; $1.50, tree seedling; $5.00, watering can; $13.00, soil amendments; $2.00 sisal (fence material); $9.00 nails.  Over 80% of the population in Northern Uganda relies on subsistence farming.  Families largely depend on food from their fields and resources from the broader environment for firewood, medicine, building materials and fodder for their animals. The harvest also is used to pay for school fees and health care. At harvest, their yield often represents only seven - eight months worth of food which can lead to food insecurity and hunger.   Households are forced to cut down on meals to once a day or every other day.  Applying locally adapted elements of permaculture land use design and biointensive agriculture, Community Action Fund for Women in Africa (CAFWA) developed a permaculture approach to help maximize production in small spaces around the home.  More than a "kitchen garden," this technical approach is based on the appropriate use of local resources, water conservation and long-term soil fertility measures to produce a variety of nutritious and accessible food crops that will provide families with access to food year round.  Associated Organization: www.cafwa.org.

#315:  Underpants, Greece, Refugee Camp: $1.00 will provide a pair of underpants for a woman in a refugee camp.  60,000 war refugees are living in camps in Greece and most of them will be there indefinitely, living in government camps where conditions are dire.  Although Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) try to fill gaps of need, there are not enough resources for even the basics.  One of those basics is underwear.  Many of the women and girls in the camp own a single pair of underwear.  Some have none.  Compounding the need for underwear is the fact that people in the camps do not have access to laundry facilities or, in some cases, adequate water supplies.  A few dollars will make a big difference in the comfort and dignity of women who have faced unimaginable trauma in their lives.

#314:  Hurricane Relief, Haiti: Hurricane Matthew devastated a rural school in Cavaillon, Haiti.  Funds are needed for reconstruction: $9.00 each corrugated tin roof sheet, $5.50 each piece of lumber.  300 students attend this school ages 3 to 16.  The school was built between 2012 and 2014 by the non-profit organization, Sionfonds.  They chose a tin roof because so many children died in the earthquake because the concrete ceiling fell on them.  This time, because the tin blew away, no one was hurt by the damage to the school. A number of tin sheets that flew off the building are able to be reused.  Associated Organization: Sionfonds, www.sionfonds.org.

#313: School Library Ceiling, Sri Lanka: The Damsara Elder Society is conducting a community service project by refurbishing a school in a very rural village where most families have extremely low incomes.  The Society now needs supplies for repairing the school library ceiling.  They need the following types of items to accomplish this task: Electric Cables, $42.00; Wiring, $43.00; Casing, $36.00; LED lights, $36.00; nails and clips, $8.00; wall fan, $54.00; T-bars, $88.00; and ceiling sheets, $173.00.  The school serves 117 students, age 5-16.

#312: Holiday Gifts for Low-Income Immigrant Children, Alameda County, CA:  The holiday season often exacerbates feelings of isolation and depression for immigrant families who are far away from loved ones.  Since 2005, Street Level Health Project has hosted a free annual community event that supports and creates community among immigrants in Oakland, California's Fruitvale District.  Now in its 11th year, the holiday celebration is a highly anticipated event that hosts over 450 low-income immigrant families for an evening of performances, dinner and cultural celebration.  Holiday gifts are distributed to children ages 2-15, such as learning games or athletic gear, which cost approximately $15.00 each.

#311: Solar Powered Lights, Gaza: Solar Powered Lights, Gaza:  In Gaza, electricity is available for as little as four hours each day.  Being in the dark can be scary, especially with the trauma that children in Gaza have endured.  Students need light to do their homework and families need light to cook and do everyday activities. These solar-powered lights are a safe and efficient alternative to using candles, kerosene lamps and LED lights powered by car batteries.  Rebuilding Alliance is able to send pallets of Luci Lights to Gaza for $10.00 per light, including shipping from the factory in China.  Three Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Gaza are partnering with Rebuilding Alliance to distribute the Luci Lights. The lights are pre-cleared for entry by both Israeli Customs and Palestinian Customs.  To view a short video about this project click here.

#310: Garden Supplies, Fiji:  This year the village of Nanukuloa was left devastated by Cyclone Winston, one of the strongest cyclones in recorded history.  Many villagers were displaced and are currently living in tents.  While the community is receiving non-perishable food rations, these are not meeting their nutritional needs.  By receiving materials to grow their own fresh produce, the community and their United States Peace Corps volunteer will work together to grow a sustainable food source to offset the challenges brought by Cyclone Winston.  Individual items needed: seed packets, $6.00; digging forks, $40.00; spades, $30.00; fish fertilizer, $8.00; seed starter trays, $4.00; one shade netting, $144.00.

#309:  Native Language Books, Colombia:  $35.00 will provide a packet of five  illustrated books in Kawgian, the local native language, inspired by the environment and culture of the Kogui people from Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.  Colombia is home to some 90 ethnic groups, each of them with their own language and culture.  The Kogui people are respected as the 'Elder Brothers" and considered the guardians of ecological wisdom.  While there are needs to develop differentiated education systems for each of the minority groups, schools seldom have children's literary books at all.  Associated Organization: Fundacion Mahluna.

#308:  T-Shirt "Uniforms", Kenya:  $3.00  will purchase a T-Shirt which is used as a 'uniform' for students an staff at the Kawangware Education Center (KEC) this Center is a self-help school in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi (home to 700,000 unserved Nairobi citizens) which has been offering free education to orphans and other vulnerable children for 10 years.  The T-shirts would be yellow with purple printing that says, "I am a VIP" on the front and "KEC" on the back.  The request is for 200 T-shirts. www.kawangwarechildrenscenter.org.

#307:  Car Wash Machine, Kenya:  $500 will provide a car wash machine for the Lady Mekanika Project.  This is a unique project aimed at promoting gender equality and empowerment of women by training them in automobile mechanics skills.  This project has given hope to many mothers who would otherwise be jobless.  The one year basic apprenticeship training is currently run at the Women's Academy in Busia County, Western Kenya.  Young and older women are given vocational skills and tools for trade in automobile car mechanics and are accredited by a national trade test.

#306: Reference Books and Back-up Drive, Beijing China:  $277 will purchase three reference books (City Memories, - The General Survey Achievements and Protection of Courtyards in Beijing - Volumes, 1, 2 and 3). The Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) is a Chinese non-governmental organization working to protect the unique cultural heritage of Beijing.  In March 2016 they launched Project Walk the Old City, a community investigation of cultural heritage in the old city of Beijing.  150 volunteers are conducting interviews and photographing and assessing the state of the cultural heritage in the old city.  The results of the survey will be publicly distributed and submitted as a report to the city government.   The organization could also use a back-up drive for $70.00 to archive the information. 

#305: Drinking water and drinking fountains, Jordan: $1950 will provide proper drinking water and water fountains for a school of between 300 - 1400 students.  70% of the students are less than 13 years old.  The students are from families with limited or low income who live in the Amman suburbs, Naour area, Balqa District, Jordan.  This area has been affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.  The water tanks will be fitted directly to Municipal water and then directly to new faucets.  Jordan is among the first four nations in the world in water scarcity and water resources.  Associated Organization: Amman Rotary Club.

#304: Used Bicycles and Dental Kits, Viet Nam: $28.00 will provide a used bicycle and $3.00 will provide a dental kit for street children in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  Some of these children sleep on the street while others live in the deepest alleys in very unhygienic places that are near open sewage and trash lands.  Most sell lottery tickets or fruit, beg for money or go through garbage to find recyclables to make a living.  Their parent/parents are unskilled and can only get the lowest jobs in the City.  Saigon Corners, a group of volunteers that work with disadvantaged and street kids are helping these children to go to school or vocational training.  The bicycles are needed to get to classes and the dental kits are needed because of poor dental hygiene. 

#303: Oxygen Tank Refills, Indonesian Borneo: $16.00 will refill an oxygen tank. The 2015 fire season in Indonesia was the worst year on record; over 120,000 separate instances of fire were detected.  Alam Sehat Lestari's (ASRI's), health clinic location in West Kalimantan was covered in a sheet of haze for months. During the haze, the ASRI clinic registered a 48% increase in the number of patients presenting respiratory-related aggravated conditions caused by the haze. If the haze continues to occur annually, the majority of the district population will be at risk of developing chronic respiratory ailments over the long-term. Because of the increase in patients with respiratory problems, ASRI's rural location and the high cost of oxygen, oxygen tank refills are needed. 

Health In Harmony supports ASRI, an Indonesian nonprofit organization in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo to improve both environmental and human health in the communities around Gunung Palung National Park (GPNP). Gunung Palung National Park is a 90,000-hectare protected area of rainforest, home to 5-10% of the world’s orangutans, and a vital watershed that supports 60,000 people living on its borders. ASRI’s health clinic provides medical and dental care, and promotes the protection of the forest by offering health discounts to villages that stop logging in GPNP. Patients also have the ability to pay for the clinic through incentives such as working on reforestation projects and trading seedlings or organic manure.

#302: Pedometers, Detroit, Michigan, USA: Pedometer cost: $15.00.  American Indian Health and Family Services is a Title V Urban Indian Organization in southeast Detroit, MI. The agency is the home of a medical clinic which sees patients who seek treatment for general medicine, physicals, and chronic disease management. The clinic serves approximately 550 patients a year and about 94 of those patients (31 Native Americans) have been diagnosed with diabetes, a significant health issue in the Native and underserved population. The goal of this project is to provide a pedometer to each of the interested patients diagnosed with diabetes. A social worker will meet with each patient and provide education regarding the importance of exercise in controlling diabetes. The social worker also will provide education on how to use the pedometer and what information to record. Phone calls will be made by a social work intern at 2 weeks and 6 weeks to check on whether increased exercise has reduced the patient’s diabetic numbers. Each patient will have an appointment with the social worker at 3 months to address any concerns, evaluate progress, and adjust the patient’s plan, if necessary.

#301: Hospital Building Supplies, Sierra Leone: Hospital Building Supplies, Sierra Leone:  Following the Ebola epidemic last year, a basic structure was built for the first Homeopathic Hospital for Sierra Leone.  Government agencies and the local community in Kossoh Town, just outside Freetown, have been supportive.  In order to make this a viable hospital, construction supplies are needed.  Examples of items that are needed include: Roofing, $10:00 per cement load; $3.00 per 2x4 timber; Electrical, $6.00 sockets; $4.00 switches; $120 cable; Tiling, $20.00 per carton; Doors, $324 each; Windows, $290.00 each; and Plumbing, $6.00 pipes; $7.00 plugs.  Treatment for typhoid, malaria, influenza and acute ailments, as well as assistance with childbirth will be provided.

#300:  School Clothing, Mexico: Students at the Casa Hogar Los Angelitos home in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico need clothing.  Shoes, $20.00;  3-pack underwear, $16.00; 6-pack socks, $20.00; sandals, $5.00; shorts, $15.00; shirt or blouse, $5.00; sweatshirt, $11.00; pants, $11.00; and 3-pack undershirts, $15.00.  Associated Organization: The Children's Foundation.  The Foundation strives to provide a safe place to live for children and young adults that offers them an opportunity to feel love and compassion and change the cycle of poverty through education and self-improvement.   Care is provided for homeless, abandoned, orphaned, desperate and abused children.  This project is in honor of Dede Muhler, 1945 - 2015.

#299: Schoolroom Construction Supplies, India: Mount View School is located in a remote part of Nagaland, in north east India (bordering Myanmar (Burma).  It is the best private school in the region which caters to about 30 villages.  It was started by an educator, Hotoshe Sema and his wife Aboli.  They try their best to give quality education to the children, even hiring teachers from larger towns.  The school building is deteriorating, so construction supplies are needed for new school rooms. $1.00 will buy 6 bricks and $8.00 will buy a bag of cement. 

#298: Sun Hats for Homeless in Arizona: The Aqua Fria Food bank in Avondale, Arizona provides 50-60 daily lunch sacks to homeless Arizonan individuals each day.  The items that are in high demand and low supply are sun protection hats.  Homelessness in the desert can be dangerous, as the sun exposure and heat cause extreme health risks.  Estrella Mountain Community College Social Work Club has partnered with the Aqua Fria food bank to help meet the need for sun protection hats for the homeless. Each hat with a UPF 50+ Sun Rating costs $7.00.

#297: Food, Vitamins, Basic Hygiene Items, El Salvador: Gift of Life International provides life-saving heart surgery to children in need. Nutritional assistance is requested in order to help ensure each child a full recovery and a healthy future following heart surgery. The children who receive the surgery are from extremely low income families. They live in one room structures made of sheet metal or adobe with a dirt floor. Many families sleep in hammocks and cook over an open fire. $42.00 will provide a family of 4 with food, vitamins and basic hygiene items for a month.

#296: Hospital Repair, Sri Lanka: Ward #2 of the Radawana Hospital in the western province of Sri Lanka needs repair materials. Paint: $100.00; Brushes: $9.00; Thinner: $7.00; 6 Toilet Doors at $48.00 each; Commode: $65:00; and Main Entrance Gate: $31.00. This hospital is located in a rural area and serves elderly citizens. Associated Organization: Damsara Elders Society. There are 198 members in the society. Many are from low income families but they are very active in helping others in their community.

#295: Lesbos, Greece, Sleeping Bags for Syrian Refugees: $34.00 will provide a sleeping bag which doubles as a winter jacket for refugees who are arriving on the coast of Lesbos, Greece. These refugees have been forced out of their homes by the war in Syria. On a daily basis the refugees are risking their lives on flimsy rubber rafts to cross the cold and harsh sea. Everything they own is packed into a single backpack, in the hopes of reaching safety. Often they have spent everything they have to make this trip and unfortunately many of them lose the one bag they are allowed to take with them. The families who are successful in this journey arrive wet and cold. This is causing medical issues such as severe hypothermia. Many refugees are sleeping on the pavement and dirt and rocks in the cold winter weather. The sleeping bags are sourced from a local Greek manufacturer in order to bolster the local Greek economy. Associated Organization: www.salaamculturalmuseum.org

#294: Bicycles, Cambodia: $50.00 will purchase a bicycle for student in the Singha Village in Cambodia. Students have to walk several miles each way on dusty, rough roads to get to school. The long daily commute adds challenges to their daily lives. The students who are fortunate enough to have bicycles often give rides to other students. On a service trip to Cambodia volunteers bought bikes to use during their service. It was then that they realized that providing bikes for their students would greatly impact their lives. At the end of their service trip the volunteers gave their bikes to students and started a campaign to raise funds to purchase additional bikes. Each year a group of volunteers returns to the village to assemble and distribute the bikes. Associated organization: Global Connections Project.

#293: HIV/AIDS Books, Malawi: $5.00 for each book or $100.00 for a full set of 28 readers (purchased at a 50% discount off the full price). The African Library project wants to supplement the new libraries that it will ship to 60 rural schools in Malawi in 2016 with HIV/AIDS readers. These colorful, engaging, straightforward books are written by South African health educators at a level that children can understand, and cover what HIV/AIDS is, how it is transmitted, life skills and decision-making to avoid the disease and how to manage grief and loss. Malawi has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. Over a million people, 130,000 of whom are children, are currently living with HIV or AIDS.

#292:  Water Tank, Kenya: $855.00 will purchase a water tank; $200.00 will provide pipes and gutters to collect rain water from the classroom roofs and $20.00 will provide a portable wash station for the school children.  In 2014 a 52-year old UK woman used her life savings to build a school in a rural area in the central highlands of Kenya.  The school began with six students and has grown to 68 children who regularly attend.  There are 11 children on the 'waiting list' for the nursery, with future plans to build an additional classroom. The crucial thing that is lacking at this time is access to clean water. The ability to harvest rain water during the rainy season is the highest priority for the school and surrounding community.  Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.  Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies are not strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.  Clean water is crucial to the children’s health and sanitation.

#291: Hearing Equipment, North Korea: $190 will provide a fibre-optic otoscope used for ear examinations; $675 will provide an aural suction unit which is used to treat ear infections and $990 will provide a free-field paediatric screening audiometer which is used to determine hearing levels in infants.  All Ears International is establishing specialist health services for hearing impaired children in North Korea. The aim is to create an autonomous audiology and primary ear health care unit in Pyongyang – one which focuses on children. Services include primary ear health care (treatment of common outer/middle ear diseases), diagnostic audiology (hearing tests) and aural rehabilitation (hearing aid fittings and ear mould manufacture). Outreach clinics at the provincial level are an integral part of the service (currently focused on schools for the deaf) as are hearing screening of particular target groups (e.g. newborns, school children). The All Ears North Korea program is currently aiming to improve precision of hearing test protocols for infants (approx. 6 months to 30 months) and difficult-to-test children. Earlier detection counters the effects of hearing loss on language acquisition and cognitive development and so provides children greater parity in education and better quality of life. 

#290: Children's Vaccines, Uganda: $24.00 will provide MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine for a child in Jinja, Uganda.  Children of Grace has over 800 orphans and other vulnerable children affected by poverty and AIDS in their program.  Their goal is to provide education, healthcare and empowerment programs so that these children can someday become upstanding, productive members of their communities and help eradicate poverty and AIDS.  On average, 217 children are treated per month for diseases including malaria, typhoid, fungal infections and TB.  In addition they treat children with common childhood diseases including measles, mumps and rubella - diseases that could be prevented through immunization.  In a country where most people live on less than $2.00/day, the immunization cost is prohibitive.  Consequently, without the vaccine, thousands of children and youth contract measles and mumps every year.

#289: Vitamins, Haiti: $15.00 pays for the cost of one bottle of chewable multi-vitamins for children, who receive the vitamins each school day.  There are 65 children from one of Haiti's most impoverished areas, who attend the school.  Many of them walk over an hour each way to attend.  The Associated Organization, The Children of Haiti, COHP's mission is to provide learning opportunities to underprivileged children in Haiti with limited or no access to formal education.   Their goal is to nurture each child's intellectual, ethical, social and physical growth so that each one may become a positive, contributing member of the Haitian community despite the many hardships he/she faces.  COPH provides nutrition (often the only meal they receive each day) and medical care, as well as literacy programs for older children and job skills programs for parents. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ob7wHqS2ds

#288:  School Playground Equipment and Materials, Cameroon: $400.00 will provide playground equipment and $100 will provide materials (pens, pencils, rulers, writing books, chalk) to orphaned, vulnerable and disabled students in the Jamadianle Nursery/Primary School.  Associated Organization:  United Action for Children (UAC) - Cameroon.  UAC is dedicated to helping children, families and groups awaken to their needs and ability to change and then put this change to practical use.  Their vision is a society where children living in marginalized communities have access to quality education and skills.

#287:  Specialized Seat for Children with Disabilities, Hayward, CA, USA:  The Floor Sitter and Feeder Seat ($515.00) will allow a child with a disability to participate in children's activities instead of being isolated because they do not have the ability to sit up or hold their head up.  The following also would be helpful:  Seat Stand and Wedge, $180 and Adjustable Stand/Tray $600.00.  The associated organization, The Arc, was founded by parents of children with disabilities over 60 years ago.  The Arc's First Step Children's Center serves 2 year olds to Kindergarten.  Some of the children have significant developmental disabilities and need adaptive furniture.

#286: Kitchen Equipment, Panama: The following kitchen equipment is needed for a children's home: Cooking Pots, $25.00; Electric kettle; $22.00; Pans, $14.00; Cooking Spoon and Ladle, $13.00; Covered Containers, $1.00; Strainer, $7.50; Cups, $.75; and Plates, $.60.  Hogar Trisker is a home for abandoned children and children sent their by judges who consider that their home is not the place for them due to problems with their parents.  This can be related to drugs, alcohol or in some cases because babies are abandoned after birth at the hospital.  Currently they are serving 55 children.  Hogar Trisker is located in Boquete, Panama which is a village of 19,000 people.  Affiliated organizations, Rotary Clubs in Oakland, CA and David, Panama. 

#285: T-shirt Printing Machine, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): $1000 will purchase a T-Shirt Printing Machine.  The purpose of this project is to combat girls' early marriage by involving them in an income-generating project.  Upon purchase of the machine, the girls will be able to print and sell t-shirts for special commemorative days and electoral campaigns.  In the past, this has been an activity and profit center which has been monopolized by men. 

#284: Car Seats, San Mateo County, California: For the price of a child’s car seat or booster seat ($50.00 - 200.00), you can provide parents involved in domestic violence a sense of security knowing their children are safely buckled into the right-sized seat. CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) is the only domestic violence agency in San Mateo County, CA. When a family flees domestic violence, they often leave with only the clothes on their backs. While CORA has many good partners in the community who provide household and personal goods, the one gap CORA has consistently noticed is assistance with purchasing new car seats/boosters. The need is high, as the demand for services has significantly increased. When it comes to parents with children who have special needs, the cost and urgency for such seats is even higher.
CORA has served over 10,000 individuals in the last three years. www.corasupport.org

#283: Infant Weighing Scale and Mixer-Grinder, India:  Approximately $70.00 will provide an infant weighing scale and $55.00 will provide a Mixer-Grinder for multi-grains for children in a childcare project. The scale will allow growth measurement of the child and the mixer-grinder will help prepare nutritious food.  Mobile Creches provides child care services at construction sites for a migrant population.  This program releases the older child from the responsibilities of sibling care and allows the mother to go to work.  The day-care program runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 6 days a week at the construction sites.  The services include educational activities for children from birth to age 12; preventive and curative healthcare, nutritional food and access to health services.  These programs strike at the root of poverty by breaking the cycle of ill health, poor skills and low income. 

#282: School Furniture Repair, Nicaragua: $14.20 will pay for the materials to repair a chair or a table at two schools in the small indigenous fishing village of Las Peñitas near the Pacific Coast.  While the basic education system in Nicaragua is free, parents are expected to pay for the purchase of books and school supplies, as well as the repair of furniture and maintenance of the buildings. These schools are in desperate need of repairing their existing chairs and tables as many students have no place to sit to do their school work. Between the two schools, there are 100 pieces of furniture that are splintered, broken and/or worn. It is preferable to repair rather than replace the chairs and tables, as parents will donate their time and labor to do the repairs. 

#281: Completion of Construction of Youth Training Center, Republic of Congo (DRC): The goal is to provide 37 young people (30% boys, 70% girls) appropriate space for vocational training and weekly education talks.  the youth have borne all expenses to date, including placing the foundation stones, constructing brick walls and covering the frames with sheet metal.  the finishing work, such as plastering, cement, and door installation is beyond their budget.  Cement Bag, $20.00 each; Large Window, $55.00 each; Door Lock, $120.00; Windows, $35.00 each; and ceiling tiles $10.00 each.

#280: Traveling Heart Hospital Bag Program, US: $10.00 will provide a bag for a survivor of sexual assault. In the US, a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes. That is an average of 230,000 victims a year. After the trauma of a sexual assault, the Women’s Wisdom Initiative is providing a Traveling Heart bag to survivors in many hospitals across the US. In addition to a change of clothes and toiletries, these sturdy and beautiful bags also contain a Traveling Postcard - an original postcard-sized work of art by a fellow survivor, containing a message of hope, love, and resilience. Also included is an invitation to return to a local rape crisis center for support and other resources. The bags offer the traumatized survivor not only fresh clothes, but also an immediate and tangible proof that she is not alone, that she is not to be blamed or shamed, and that there is a loving community out there ready to support her and help her heal from day one. The bags are sewn in Nashville by women who have come to the US as political refugees. http://womenswisdominitiative.org/traveling-heart-hospital-bags/.

#279: Relief Aid, Nepal: Global Family Village (GFV-Nepal) is sending out teams to support earthquake victims in villages near the Kathmandu Valley that are not yet being assisted by the larger aid organizations. GFV-N is delivering water filters, non-prescription medicine, Betadine antiseptic solution, bandages, blankets and food packets. Funding is required to help purchase these items as well as to buy petrol for the vehicles.

#278: Motorcycle Parts, Mongolia: Park rangers patrol an area four times the size of Yellowstone National Park on foot and reindeer-back.  The Ride for Rangers 2015 put on by the Mongolian Ecology Center will bring together riders from around the world to deliver 20 tough motorcycles to 20 park rangers in three national parks on the Siberian border.  They will be used to patrol these nascent and underfunded parks to prevent the uncontrolled exploitation that recent industrialization has caused which is threatening the flora, fauna and indigenous peoples of this lesser known region.  To keep the motorcycles running the following are needed: $50.00 tires; $7.00 tubes; $80.00 wheel rims; $50.00 chains; and $8.00 spark plugs.  These are needed maintenance items for operating motorcycles in this harsh environment.

#277: School Desks, Congo: $60.00 will buy a student desk for the Notre Dame School, in the town of Bumba in Equateur Province, Congo.  The desks will be made by local carpenters.  The town of 150,000 people is a commercial center located in an agricultural area.  There is neither drinking water nor electricity in the town.  The school has over 2000 students and is considered one of the top two schools in the Congo as measured by the success rate of students who go successfully on to the next level of education.

#276: IV (intravenous) Unit and Bedding Unit, Sierra Leone:  $258 will provide an IV unit for the Coherence Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  The IV unit is needed for Ebola, Malaria and Typhoid patients to get rehydrated. $875.00 will provide a bedding unit for four patients.  Funds have been raised to build this homeopathic treatment center. Local people are creating the foundation and walls. Construction of the facility is anticipated to be complete by February. 

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#275: Pre-Mature Baby Warmers, India:  $200 will provide an Embrace infant warmer.  When infants are born prematurely they lack the body fat necessary to regulate their own temperature.  This warmer assists low birth weight and premature infants suffering from hypothermia in developing countries.  The warmer costs less than 1% of an incubator, is durable, portable, hygienic, safe and effective and it can be reused up to 50 times.  India accounts for nearly 30% of the global total of neonatal deaths.  The state of Uttar Pradesh accounts for one-quarter of India's total neonatal deaths and 8% of those worldwide.  The neonatal rate for Uttar Pradesh is 50 deaths per 1,000 live births.  These warmers will be used in Raebareli, India, a district where over 90% of the residents live in rural areas.  Associated Organization:  Embrace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to advance maternal and child health by delivering solutions to the world's most vulnerable populations.  www.embraceglobal.org

#274: Chickens and Fencing, Guatemala:  $300 will purchase chickens and $1,200 will provide fencing for a farm in Sacatepequez, Guatemala.  The mission of the farm is to provide a quality education to Guatemalan children and teenagers who currently do not attend school for financial reasons.  Public education does not meet minimum standards for teaching materials and classroom equipment or water and sanitation.  The cost for a student to attend a local, well-reputed private school is $30.00 per month.  The main source of income will be the chicken eggs.  The farm will have 75 free-range laying hens which will generate between $250.00 to $300.00 per month.  The funds will be used to pay the school costs.

#273: Machines for Sewing, Knitting and Embroidery, Morocco: The  following equipment is needed: Sewing Machine, $460.00; Knitting Machine, $400.00 and Embroidery Machine, $460.00.  In response to massive unemployment, a non-profit organization has helped young adults to launch their own micro businesses through entrepreneurship training, interest-free microloans and  mentoring.  This equipment will enable the launch of the Women's Artisan Cooperative of Imouzzer-Kandar in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  There is a domestic tourism market for the products.  Associated Organization:  Greenside Development Foundation.

#272: School Cooking Equipment, Mexico:  The following items are needed: measuring cups ($5.00); measuring spoons set ($8.50); hand held mixer ($20.00); thermometer ($4.50); spatula ($5.00); chef's knives ($16.00); whisk ($4.00); mixing bowls ($27.00); can opener ($7.00); 10 pc. pots and pans set ($60.00); baking dishes ($4.00 - $9.00); blender ($30.00); scale ($15.00); food processor ($50.00); and slow cooker ($30.00).  These items will be used by 250 students at the La Prepa High School.  This is part of a hands-on education improvement project in the small farming town of Las Varas in coastal Nayarit, Mexico, north of Puerta Vallarta.  This is a cooperative school which is administered by a local board of parents and teachers.  Associated organization: Berkeley, CA Rotary Club.

#271: Spinning Wheel, India:  $400 will buy a portable spinning wheel.  A US non-profit organization raised funds to build the Cashmere Craft Center in Panong and provided training for the village women to learn how to spin cashmere for the Western market.  The eco-built facility enables them not only to earn income by creating handspun cashmere, but also provides a safe space where their children can come and play.  For all too long the cashmere herders in this remote area of the Himalayas have been forced to sell the raw material for a fraction of the true market value.  Now with their earnings they will be able to send their children to school and buy household items that ease some of the challenges of living in the harsh conditions at 15,000 feet.  The wheels will be manufactured in the US and provided at cost by the manufacturer.
Associated Organization: Keep The Fleece.

#270: 800 Gallon Water Tank, Cement Pad and Irrigation Pipes and Tubing, Kenya:  $600 will provide a water storage tank and pad and $200.00 will fund irrigation pipes and tubing for the Kakamega Orphan Project.  Friends of Kakamega own 7 acres of farmland which grows food for the 50 children who have been orphaned because of AIDS.  Unfortunately because of drought and devastating hail storms, the harvests have been very disappointing and left the children short of food.  Irrigation for the vegetables is seen as the most effective and financially efficient method of ensuring year round vegetables.  The water tank would be placed on top of a cement pad next to the hand-pumped well.  This would allow water to be stored high enough up so that a gravity drawn irrigation system is possible.  Associated organization: Friends of Kakamega.

#269: Food and Formula for Orphaned and Injured Chimpanzees and Gorillas, Cameroon, Africa: Growing is a hungry business!  Infant gorillas and chimpanzees need milk just like human babies.  The babies rescued by Ape Action Africa (AAA) have all lost their families.  They depend on human formula - as well as 24-hour loving care by experts - to grow strong and thrive in a safe forest sanctuary.  As they grow and transition to solid food, they love pineapples!  Baby formula costs $.85 a bottle and each toddler gorilla drinks 6-7 bottles a day.  The delicious local pineapples cost $.10 each.  The sanctuary uses 2,200 pineapples each week for 320 primates in their care.  Gorillas and chimpanzees are on the brink of extinction.  Habitat loss and poaching threaten these animals.  Ape Action Africa is committed to protecting Cameroon's great apes by rescuing orphaned and injured gorillas and chimpanzees and giving them a safe forest home where they can recover and then hopefully return to the wild.  AAA also works with local communities to develop long-term solutions to ensure their survival in the wild. Associated organization:  Ape Action Africa, www.apeactionafrica.org; https://www.youtube.com/user/ApeAction.

#268: Fishing Nets and Gear, Philippines:  The UN estimates that 30,000 fishing boats were damaged or destroyed and nearly 3/4 of the fishing communities were severely affected with the loss of boats, nets and cages, due to Typhoon Haiyan in Northern Cebu, Philippines.  Rotary Clubs in the Philippines and other organizations are replacing the two-man boats, but the fishermen need fishing nets and gear for crabs and fish.  The cost is $225.00 - $320.00 per set for two fishermen.  Generally the fishermen are father and son or relatives.  Families whose livelihood depends on fishing are considered the poorest among the poor.  The whole family was impacted by the loss of the means to fish.  For instance, women prepare and repair the gear as well as process and sell the fish.  With the new nets and gear they would expect a higher yield and thus a better income.

#267: Playground Equipment, Mexico:  53% of the children under age 5 in Oaxaca, Mexico spend their day selling or performing in the street to supplement the family income.  The CANICA center is working with these families to provide a safe place for the children during the day and counseling the families on the importance of primary and secondary education.  Currently there is a cement playground with no equipment.  An Imagination Playground consists of 105 pieces (like interlocking giant blocks).  Each piece costs approximately $50.00.  The large, sturdy blocks, tubes and various shapes can be continually rearranged in creative ways, developing children socially, mentally and physically.

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#266: Support for Ebola-Affected Children, Sierra Leone, Africa:  There have been over 2200 cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone.  Children are particularly affected, with many now left as orphans, or as survivors being shunned by society.  Children also are isolated because many families are keeping their children home to avoid exposure and in general gatherings are discouraged or prohibited.  $100 will provide educational supplies such as books, pencils and crayons; hygiene supplies such as soap, towels and toothbrush and a radio to receive updates regarding Ebola or tune in to the new government-established educational channel to assist with home learning.  Associated Organization: FOCUS 1000 Sierra Leone.

#265: Sewing Machines, Udayapur District, Nepal: This women’s empowerment project is requesting five sewing machines, $100 each; funds for repair and maintenance, $30 per machine; and $100 for associated training materials.  The sewing machines are primarily for poor rural women of Udayapur district, one of 75 districts in Nepal, which is approximately 100 miles south east of Kathmandu.   Until recently, residents of this remote district had no electricity, telephones or modern sanitation.  Now these women, who have already formed the first group, desire to be self-employed and self-sufficient. . A local instructor will teach the group of 50 women.  After three months they will have adequate skills to open a small tailoring shop.  Moreover, the training will be ongoing so that other groups of 50 can benefit from the same five machines. 

#264: Liberia, Maternity Center Bedding, Medicines, Educational Material: $25:00 per bedding set; $5.00 medicines; $30.00 medical equipment and supplies and $1.50 per set of educational materials.  If pregnant women in Ganta, Liberia’s second largest city, cannot afford care at the main hospital or its clinics, they visit the Maternity Center which is located in a modest home above the marketplace in town.  In late 2014 in particular, there is fear about approaching the main hospital for medical care due to the Ebola breakout and so women are increasingly preferring the Ganta Maternity Clinic.  Approximately 50 women in the early stages of pregnancy are treated weekly.  They are tested for malaria, low blood pressure and infections.  If needed, the Maternity Center’s pharmacist provides medicine.  The Center also delivers babies, sometimes three or four per day.  In Liberia the maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, close to 1 in every 100 live births.  These tragic deaths cause misery and hardship for the mothers’ families and their communities.  Women need to be empowered with information on the risks of diseases and how to pursue healthier lifestyles.  The founder of the Maternity Center, Mary Zarweah, lives there, enabling her to keep the doors open throughout the week.  After giving birth, mothers are encouraged to stay until they feel strong enough to return home.  All meals are subsidized.  Currently the Center can host seven patients in individual rooms, but there is a lack of adequate bedding.   To pay the staff and acquire the necessary drugs and medical equipment, the Center charges a small fee. As demand for her services increases, Mary (the founder, in the photograph) would like to increase the number of beds and charge less.  Purchase of materials such as bedding, medical equipment and supplies will help achieve this goal.

#263: Elderly Women's Community Center, Sokpoe, Ghana: In order to finish constructing and equipping a community center, the following items are needed: paint (bucket) $10.00 each; chairs $20.00 each; small tables $10.00 each; books $2.00 each; toys $5.00 each; and a short wave radio $20.00.  Sokpoe is a small village on the Volta River, 25 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  Most of the people living there are elderly women because the young people have migrated to the cities for work.  The older women living there have not much to do during the day except sit at home, so the residents contributed funds to build a community center for them.  Many elderly women in this West African country are untouched by the meager social security system; they are poor, struggling and often ignored.  The women have low rates of education and are subject to cultural discrimination.  The center is intended to be a place where they can socialize and also look after the remaining children in the village who otherwise would have to walk long distances in the heat with their mothers to the market or to the fields.  Instead, at the refurbished community center, the young people will look after the older people and vice versa.  In addition to contributing funds, the village residents  donated their labor for the building, and will do so again to add a bathroom, paint the structure and build the furniture.

#262: Primary School Wall Enclosure, Mali, Africa: To build a 340 meter wall the following supplies are needed: cement (sack) is $11.25; sand (boatload) $52.00; gravel (boatload) $76.50; quick lime (sack) $21.50; and paint (bucket) $6.00. A new, much-needed school has opened in the small town of Dioro. In Mali, primary school enrollment is fairly low, with only approximately 3/4 of children attending. Maliís government adopted the UN Millennium Development Goal, set in 2000, to increase primary school enrollment for all. However, the education system is impacted by a lack of schools in rural areas, such as Dioro, shortages of teachers and materials, as well as political unrest. The Ardo Primary School headmaster seeks financial support to secure the school and playground with a perimeter cinderblock wall. It will protect children from vehicles that drive unimpeded through the playground. It will also provide security for the classrooms and a storage shed that are otherwise unprotected from the street and vandalism. A one-room shelter will be built on the property where the school watchman will live - a further deterrent to vandals. There is no running water in Dioro, however the school has recently installed a well. Access to water will enable students to cultivate vegetables. The wall will protect the vegetables until harvest when they will be sold in the market to pay for a few basic needs such as books, tables and chairs. Associated Donor Organization: Oakland Rotary Club #3 World Community Service committee. Thirty years ago Rotarian Michelle Bashin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dioro and has stayed in touch with the community ever since. The school headmaster contacted her requesting support for the school wall. For insight into life in Dioro view this brief youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZb6lWG8CUk#t=82

#261: Food and Books, Namibia, Africa: $50.00 will provide food for one child for one month. $10.00 will buy a book for children in the Little Bugs Early Childhood Development Center in the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia. The Center provides a free, comprehensive, quality education for disadvantaged children in a safe, healthy, stimulating and child-friendly environment. The nearest educational facility is 170km away. The children receive a nutritional meal each day and learn about vegetable gardening. Associated Organization: Namib Sky Community Trust, www.little-bugs.org.

#260: HIV/AIDS Readers, Lesotho, Africa: $5.00 will provide a book about HIV/AIDS written by South African health educators for children in Lesotho. A set of 24 fiction and non-fiction books costs $100 (which includes a 50% discount that the African Library Project receives from the publishers). These books will go to libraries in Lesotho, which has the third highest rate of HIV infection in the world (approximately 24%) and a life expectancy rate of 52. Most of the libraries are in the schools, but all are open to the surrounding villages. Associated Organization: African Library Project.

#259: Musical Instruments, Art Suppies and Toys for Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Syrian refugee children are spending their childhood in camps away from Syria. The Malki Center for Women and Children in Amman, Jordan is offering psycho-social support and education and could use the following: $10.00-$30.00 musical instrument; $15:00 art supplies; $10.00 toys and puzzles and $10.00 dolls. Associated Organization: Salaam Cultural Museum.

#258: Hoodies, Kenya, Africa: $7.00 will buy a hooded sweat shirt for a child at the Kawangware Children's Centre in Nairobi. The Kwangware Childrenís Centre is located in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi. Many families in this area have been hit with the HIV/AIDS pandemic leaving children with a bleak future. This has led to other problems of juvenile delinquency and crime. The Centre's aim is to contribute to changing these trends through education and information. The work in the centre focuses around its core activities - providing feeding programs and educational services designed to enrich the lives of vulnerable children. Associated Organization: http://www.kawangwarechildrenscenter.org.

#257: Nepal, School Room Construction: $300.00 can build a two-room school in Udayapur, Nepal.  Many families have relocated to this area by a large river but there is no school available.  The villagers will provide the labor for the primary school but they need funds for the construction materials.  The school would be a simple bamboo structure with a thatched roof.  Udaipur is one of the poorest and least developed districts of eastern Nepal.  It is home to an indigenous community of Mushars, who are marginalized and illiterate.

#256: Cambodia, Anti-Human Trafficking Comic Books:  $1.00 per book. Comic style booklets are being produced to warn families about the dangers and deceptive practices of human traffickers in Cambodia. The booklets are in the local language and tell a story of a village family.  They are distributed through the schools and community workshops.  These types of comics have been very popular and helpful to children, teachers and parents in Nepal, Mexico and Viet Nam where they have been distributed.

#255: Kenya, Orphanage Bunk Beds, Bedding and Storage Box: $100.00 bunk bed: $10.00 blanket; $25.00 mattress; $10.00 sheet set; $10.00 mosquito net; $9.00 pillow; $10.00 for a personal storage box for each child.  These items are needed for Home of Hope, Molo, Kenya.  Molo was one of the worst regions affected by Kenya's post election violence in 2008. The toll of the emergency included approximately 1,500 deaths and 300,000 people left internally displaced. Molo is a small town that exploded in growth following the ethnic clashes that caused many to flee for safety. Molo hosted one of the largest internally displaced persons camps in Kenya with nearly 40,000 people.  Later many people were driven from their former homes and were resettled in alternative locations by the government, leaving many orphans behind with no guardians to care for them.  After a major gasoline tanker explosion in 2009 many more children were orphaned. Associated Organization: www.springsofhopefoundation.org.

#254: South Africa, Porridge: $24.00 will provide e'Pap fortified porridge to a child for each school day of the year. The porridge consists of maize, soya, vitamins and minerals.  The volunteers distribute the porridge at schools to vulnerable children from the townships. The schools are located in the Knysna/Plettenberg Bay South area.  Associated Organization: www.epapfeeding.co.za. All funds are spent on food; all labor is by volunteers, with no overhead costs.

#253: Solar Panels, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Through the Rafiki Group young girls are learning a trade so that they do not have to marry young, work the streets or otherwise get in trouble.  The building they use for studying and training would benefit from solar panels for lighting.  $400.00 solar panel; $150.00 battery; $40.00 regulator; $30 converter.

#252: Books for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines: $1.00 can buy 3 books.  Only 4 out of 13 school divisions in Leyte and Samar (Cities of Tacloban and Ormoc) remained in operation after Typhoon Haiyan. A total of 4,132 public schools and 1,107,367 students were affected.

#251: Library Books, Nepal: $50.00 will provide library books in English and Nepali for a first through third grade classroom.  Currently there are very few books in each class.  The Little Sisters Foundation (http://www.littlesistersfund.org) has provided training to primary teachers and they have realized the need for these books. 

#250: Bridge Building Supplies, Panama: A pedestrian bridge will provide access to schools, health care and markets for buying and selling.  US volunteer engineers will work with community villagers to build the bridge. Concrete blocks, $1.00; 50 pound cement bag, $3.00; Reinforcing steel bars, $.65; Steel, $1.00 per pound; Cables, $.50 per foot; Clamps, $12.00; Hardwood planks, $5.00. Associated Organization:  Bridges To Prosperity. (Note: The bridge in the photograph was built in Rwanda).

#249: Home Building Fixtures, West Bank, Palestine: The villagers of Al Aqaba have worked with Rebuilding Alliance (RA) to build new homes in war-torn areas. RA worked with families to design homes they can truly afford. The village created its own credit union to finance the rebuilding of their village, in order to raise their children in the peaceful place where they grew up. However, to move in they need the following: $170.00 laundry; $175.00 water tank; $205.00 toilet; $205.00 doors; and $220.00 shower.

#248: Food, Iron Sucrose Injections and Blood Transfusions, India: Maternal mortality in the rural tribal area of Gujarat State is 150 women per 100,000 births.  The main cause of death after delivery is post partum hemorrhage.  In order to improve maternal health, Shamlaji Hospital provides injections of iron sucrose totally free of cost since most of the patients cannot afford the cost of an injection, which is approximately $2.50.  Patients have to complete the course of 5 injections (approximately $12.50). It is very necessary for prenatal patients to maintain the proper ratio of HB (hemoglobin blood) to avoid complications during pregnancy. Sometimes it is necessary to transfuse blood to the patient having HB below 4 gm. Cost of 1 bottle of blood is between $12.00 - $15.00.   The government gives grants for poor patients but this expense is above the government grant.  In addition, high calorie nutritious food packages ($3.00) are provided. Associated organization: All India Movement for Seva.

#247: Community Garden Project, Malawi: $10.00 shovel; forks, hoes, $5.00 each; $70.00 wheel barrow; $6.00 watering can; $30.00 plastic drum for water collection; $3.00 water tap; $45 roll of hose pipe; $60.00 cattle manure; $50.00 chicken wire for fencing; $60.00 seeds; and $20.00 bag of cement for shallow water well. This project aims to provide a self-sustainable community garden for the village of Khuyu, Likoma Island, Lake Malawi.  A variety of vegetables (such as cabbage, ocra, carrots, lettuce, pumpkin) will be grown throughout the year. The vegetables grown will not only provide an inexpensive food source for the community, but also will generate income through sales to the nearby resort. Additionally it will act as a training project for those who wish to set up or improve their own home gardens, with open workshops for both adults and children at each stage of the growing process.

#246: Tool Library Project for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines: Funds are needed for the purchase of construction tool kits ($300) to be loaned out to organized groups of families wanting to rebuild their homes. The tool kits will be returned to the library after use. One tool box includes multiple hammers, measuring tapes, levels, pliers, screw drivers, saws, wrenches, chisels, gloves, hard hats and a riveter. Typhoon Haiyan affected a total of 3,424,593 families 16,078,181 persons in 44 Philippine provinces, 591 municipalities and 57 cities.  Out of the total affected, 890,895 families were displaced.  The number of damaged houses totals 1,140,332 (550,928 totally damaged and 589,404 partially damaged).  Associated Organization: Rotary.

#245: House Building Materials, Rwanda: Orphans who are coming of age and†have to leave this orphanage in the poorest part of western Rwanda, need to build their own dwelling in order to have a place to start an independent life and raise a family.† In general people in Rwanda build their houses of natural material such as wood and clay. They need the following building materials: Clay blocks: $.10; Wood pile: $1.00; Corrugated iron for the roof: $15.00 per section. The project will be supervised by the nuns at the convent where the orphans were cared for during their childhood.

#244: Downs Syndrome Kit, Jamaica: Families and caregivers of down syndrome children are provided a Welcome Kit to assist them with their child. The Jamaica Down's Syndrome Foundation (JDFC) provides support for children with Down's Syndrome. Early intervention results in children with Down's Syndrome having better skills and higher levels of functioning. JDFC is requesting printing costs for the Welcome Kits ($5.75 per kit). Included is a brochure; parents' guide, an inter-agency referral form, a directory of schools and health care providers and a vaccine referral form. These are placed in a document holder in a waterproof envelope.

#243: School Supplies, Myanmar (Burma): While on vacation in Myanmar an American family had the opportunity to visit a school the city of Mandalay. The family's now 9 year old daughter, Elisa, was inspired to help the school, which offered only the most basic amenities. This year, in lieu of birthday gifts Elisa decided to raise funds to provide school supplies for the 439 Kindergarten - 5th grade students at the Ohn Chit Khone Primary School. Prices of items in need are: $.05 for a pencil; $.18 for a notebook and $1.25 for a textbook.

#242: Mobile Dental Clinic supplies, Cambodia: For $10.00 per child you can become a real Tooth Fairy. The first ever mobile dental clinic for a Cambodian village will treat 355 children. Cambodian dentists and dental nurses, with assistance from the California Student Dental Mission volunteers, will provide exams, extractions, filings, sealants and fluoride treatment. Oral hygiene lessons, toothbrushes and follow-up will be provided. These rural children have never seen a dentist and many suffer from pain, making it difficult to eat, sleep and learn.

#241: Jungle Gym Equipment; South Africa: $880.00 will provide Jungle Gym equipment for preschool children at the New Beginnings Day Care Center in Huntington Village, Mpumalanga, South Africa. New Beginnings Day Care was started in 2008 aiming at sending teenage mothers back to school, with the youngest mother being 14 years old. The Center accommodates babies from birth to 2 years of age. Because the high school starts at 6:00 in the morning, all 15 babies are left at the Day Care Center at 6:00 AM until 3:30 in the afternoon. The Center also provides after preschool care for children between 2-5 years old. The jungle gym is requested so that the Center can create a warm environment with child-friendly facilities. This Day Care Center is the only day care center around the area.

#240: Medication for scabies (scabies shampoo) and parasite treatment (albendazole), Dominican Republic: Cost: 1 bottle of scabies shampoo treatment costs $25.00 and will treat 100 people. 1 pill of albendazole costs $0.12, 1 box of 100 pills for 100 patients costs $12.00. This medication will be used to treat Haitian refugees living in the rural villages of Sosua and Puerto Plata. Without passports, visas or birth certificates this community does not have access to basic healthcare needs. Scabies and parasites are two of the most common diseases seen because of the poor living conditions, hygiene, food preparation and lack of running water in this community. Scabies is treated with a simple 3-time use shampoo and will cure the entire family. Parasites are treated every 3-4 months with a one-time pill of Albendazole and can be used for anyone age 6 months and up. Give Back International, Inc provides basic primary care treatment of these common illnesses on medical missions to the Dominican Republic.

#239: Preschool feeding program and outdoor play equipment, Zimbabwe: $2.00 plate and spoon; $16.00 pot; $50.00 water bucket; $300, play equipment. The Maririangwe preschool project provides preschool services for orphaned and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS and the current social and economic situation in Zimbabwe. During the school holidays water buckets to store water and utensils such as plates, forks and knives were destroyed by rats. The children at the preschool center currently do not have water in close proximity to their classroom for washing their hands or drinking.

#238: School Building Materials, Desks and Textbooks, Tanzania: Construction supplies cost: bag of cement ($11), durable cement blocks ($1 each), a window ($89), a door ($67), a truckload of sand ($40); desks for three to four students ($50) and textbooks ($20). There are 350 students at the new Orkiu Primary School. While half the children (ages 7-9) are learning inside the two roughly built classrooms, 175 must wait outside on a cold, windy, and sometimes rainy plateau for their turn to learn. The Maasai village elders have asked for help in building two sustainably constructed classrooms so all children can have a full day of learning inside a classroom. The average wage in Tanzania--one of the worldís 10 poorest countries--is $1.20 a day. There are simply not enough community or government resources to build needed classrooms. However, if the classrooms are built, the government will provide the teachers.

#237: Clip Markers for Cancer Patients, Costa Rica: $32.00 will provide a clip for a cancer patient at the public San Juan de Dios Hospital in San Juan, Costa Rica. This small metal clip is inserted to mark the site of the biopsy. These clips can be detected by nuclear magnetic resonance, Ultrasound and x-ray. It is a disposable product for a single patient use only. Additional Information regarding Mamawire Fix: www.latinhg.com/histo.htm

#236: School Uniforms and School Supplies, Nepal: The International Women's Sewing Group in Nepal supports up to 200-300 needy students in Kathmandu and in the hill villages. They have requested assistance in providing school uniforms, $5.00 and school supplies, $3.00/per student for the school year.

#235: School Building Supplies, Burma (Myanmar): In 2009 after Cyclone Nargis hit the Delta Region, volunteers rebuilt an elementary school (with donations from friends and Lantern Projects). Now the volunteers would like to build a middle school (grades 6-9) so that students can continue their education. When this school is built, the village will be able to apply for government hired and paid teachers and thus provide a free education for village children up to grade 9. Building supplies are needed: Bricks, $.14; Cement, $9.00/bag; Windows, $88.00; Doors, $285; Roof Sheeting, $8.00; Nails; $3.00/bag; Paint, $13.00/gallon. Additional information: www.ismcs.com/village-school-project.html.

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#234: Bean Seeds, Fertilizer, Tools and Fencing, Kenya: A 1.5 acre plot in Sachangwan, Kenya has been leased to initiate a bean planting project. The following are needed for this project: Bean seeds, $121.00; Fertilizer, $90.00; Harvesting Sacks, $9.00 each; Fencing, $178.00; tools such as Pick Axes, $8.00 each; Spades, $8.00 each and water $12.00 per month. The proceeds will benefit an orphanage for babies and young children. Additional Information: www.springsofhopefoundation.org

#233: LED Solar Lights, Belize: $50.00 will provide solar lighting to a family near San Ignacio, Belize. Currently many families use kerosene lamps for lighting. Families are at risk of burns, fume inhalation, fires and respiratory illnesses with the use of kerosene lamps. There are many benefits with the use of LED solar lights. They are easy to use, efficient and less expensive. Children's health is improved and therefore they are sick less and can attend school more. Associated Organization: Rotary Club of San Ignacio, Belize.

#232: Sewing Machines, El Salvador: $160.00 will purchase a sewing machine.  Mothers of children who recently have had heart surgery have completed a one year sewing course.  They now have the skills to earn income for their family but they need a sewing machine.  In many cases this will be the only income for the family.  Associated Organization: Latidos Esperanza.

#231: Food and Supplies, Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Due to the conflict in Syria, over 200,000 children have come into Jordan seeking refuge with their families just in the last few months.  They need food, $50.00 (lunch and snacks for 1 child for 1 month) and hygiene kits, $15.00 (ex: soap, lotion).  In addition, many children, ages 7 - 16, have missed out on regular schooling.  Temporary schools have been set up in the camp area and some students are able to go to schools in the cities.  $20.00 will provide a school kit (ex: pencils, pens, paper).  Associated Organization: www.salaamculturalmuseum.org.

#230: Cataract Surgery and Glasses, Amazon Jungle, Peru: $150.00 will provide cataract surgery and $30.00 will provide a pair of eye glasses for an Achuar Indian in the remote Amazon rainforest.  50 blind patients have been identified to receive cataract surgery from a volunteer team of ophthalmologists from the US who will work with Peruvian doctors.  This is the first time ever that eye care will be provided to this remote population.  The patients will be transported 8 hours by river, each accompanied with a family member, to the hospital in a small town.  Associated Organizations: Pachamama Alliance and Global Sight Alliance.

#229: Pens and Pencils, Ghana: Middle school students in Accra, Ho and Elmina, Ghana need pens and pencils. Four dozen #2 pencils costs $5.00 and one dozen ink pens cost $4.00. A recent study identified that if one material were to be donated to needy students, pens and pencils were the most important. Associated organization: International School of Art, Business and Technology.

#228: Stethoscopes and Textbooks for Medical Students, Zimbabwe: Stethoscopes cost $100. Medical textbooks cost an average of $65 a book and five books per student are needed each semester. These young women students, from low-income families, previously received high school scholarships and have demonstrated success in meeting all qualifications to enter medical school or science programs. They are currently enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe or the National University of Science and Technology. Associated organization: JFKapnekTrust.org.

#227: Student School Desks, Cambodia: Student School Desks, Cambodia: A wooden desk with a stool costs $30.00. Feeding Dreams School provides free education and a hot meal daily for children living in urban slums of Siem Reap. They urgently need desks for a newly constructed school classroom as numbers are growing rapidly. The promise of at least one nutritious meal each day boosts enrollment and promotes regular attendance. Parents are motivated to send their children to school instead of keeping them at home to work or care for siblings. The education they receive provides hope and dreams of a positive future.

#226: Bus Pass Transportation for English Classes, England: $6.75 will provide a student with a bus pass to attend an English class that meets weekly. The Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum is a community hub that supports the integration of migrants and refugees into their new life in London. In addition to providing much-needed practical language instruction, the classes help students combat isolation by building community.

#225:  Boots and Land Mine Eradication equipment, Angola:  After more than 27 years of civil war (1975-2002), Angola is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.  The most mine-impacted province is Moxico.  In 4 years this province had the majority of  531 mine related accidents in the country.  A large proportion of the rural population depends on agriculture, but mines continue to prevent farmers from accessing land.  This impacts livelihoods, food security and rural development.  Mines Advisory Group trains locals to demine the contaminated areas.  These skilled workers need Oakley Tactical Six Work boots, $130 each and Gerber EOD Mine Probe Kits, $420 each.  Associated Organization: www.magamerica.org.

#224: School Equipment, Zimbabwe:  The Child Resource Institute in Zimbabwe (CRIZ) is developing an income generating child care center in Harare.  The preschool is named Rolf Valley International Day School. The goal of this income generating center is to empower the CRIZ to be able to construct preschool centers in rural areas for disadvantaged children. Many preschool aged children in these areas do not have proper learning environments.  CRIZ believes that all children, regardless of  their social economic environment, have the right to learn in environments that are healthy, safe and stimulating.  The following items are needed: Tables, $25.00; Chairs, $7.50; Shelves, $25.00; Curtains, $15.00; Rug, $38 and Carpet, $58. The school will serve 50 students.  Associated Organization: www.icrichild.org/zimbabwe.

#223: Program Equipment and Supplies, Indonesia:  YAKKUM Rehabilitation is a non-governmental organization in Yogyakarta which provides medical services and education and vocational training for young Indonesians who have permanent disabilities.  Their goal is to assist the individuals to become independent physically, economically and socially. Their education program aims to improve literacy and physical mobility.  The following items are needed: Slide, $190.00; Swing, $145; Educational toys, $5.00 - $10.00 per toy; Musical instruments, $38.00 per instrument; Books approximately $10.00 each.  The center serves 1000 people with disabilities through rehabilitation programs at the Center and in the villages..  Most of the young people stay at the Center to access treatment and to develop the skill base necessary in order to return to their communities and live as independently as possible.  Young children who suffer from cerebral palsy also come to the center each day on an outpatient basis.  

#222: Classroom Supplies, Afghanistan:  The House of Flowers Montessori Orphanage in Kabul is a home and school for 32 vulnerable children in Kabul.  The following items are needed to strengthen the Montessori implementation in the classroom.   Low children's tables, $40.00 each; work boards, $5.00 each: building blocks and educational toys, $150.00; fabric (to hang on the walls) to display children's work, $25.00; low book shelves for children to be able reach Montessori materials, $240; radio/CD player for music lessons, $30.00.  Associated Organization, www.mepoonline.org.

#221:  Paper, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):  Paper supplies are needed for a group of girls who are studying computer basics under the auspices of a non-profit group which works with women and children.  This groups identifies girls at risk who live in the streets and provides educational opportunities for them.  Costs: $84 copier paper; $60.00 lined paper; $120 toner cartridges; $30 paper cutter.  The girls will produce tourist guidebooks which they can sell.  They are located in the North Kivu Province in Butembo town.

#220: Learning Guides, Colombia:  A set of learning guides is comprised of 44 individually paced books ($12.00 each) in Math, Language, Science and Social Studies, from Pre-school to 5th grade. They follow the national curriculum and standards of Colombia and encourage reflection and collaboration.  The teachers at the school of Zipacon, a Colombian village,  are highly motivated to work with the Escuela Nueva (New School) model. They need the Learning Guides to improve the quality of the education they offer to their students, therefore bettering their quality of life and their professional opportunities in the future.

#219: Library Books and Projector, China: The Jingpo minority children of Yingpan village in Yunnan, China grow up in a highly impoverished, but ethnologically and ecologically very diverse area.  Drugs and AIDS leave many children as orphans and the under-funded local school system cannot meet their educational needs.  The nonprofit organization, Prop Roots, aimed at empowering the Jingpo children with their own culture and creativity, is establishing a small library for the children.  $3.00 Chinese and English books; $40.00 bookshelf; $45.00 projector screen for showing videos to children; and $300.00 projector.

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#218:  School Furniture, Sierra Leone:  Six schools educating 900 students in both city slum and rural areas in West Africa are in need of school furniture.  Currently 20 children are crammed onto one wooden plank placed on cement blocks for both seats and tables.  Costs are: $5.00 bench; $8.00 chair; $10.00 long table; $57 blackboard and $100 teacher desk and chair.  Education is the primary way out of the cycle of poverty for these families.  Associated Organization:  www.lemonaidfund.org.  

#217: Ethiopia, Books: $2.00 - $8.00 will provide local language books and $30.00 - $60.00 will provide reference books and dictionaries for the 1500 students who attend the Gaynt School in northern Ethiopia, 600 km from the capital. The students are on double session - young ones in the morning and middle schoolers in the afternoon, due to lack of space.

#216: Kenya, Lunches for Street Mothers and Their Children: Lunch is provided to homeless women and their children in Nakuru, Kenya. Cost: 35 cents per lunch. The daily lunches are an incentive to the mothers to come to the shelter that is available to them. The shelters provide safety and support that they need but are often hesitant to seek. There are approximately 30 mothers a day.

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#215: Indonesia, Bicycles: $125.00 will provide a bicycle for a child in the town of Sukadana which is located at the foothills of the Gunung Palung rain forest. The bicycles provide transportation to school and a community farm project. They are beneficial to the rider and the environment. Associated organization: Health in Harmony, heathinharmony.org.

#214: Bhutan, School Uniforms: Students must have a uniform in order to attend school. $15.00 will provide a school uniform for a student who attends the Jamkar Primary School in eastern Bhutan, 400 km from the capital. Two teachers teach half of the students in the morning and two teachers teach half of the students in the afternoon due to lack of classroom space. Many of the students are orphans.

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#213: Liberia, Safe House Roof Repair Supplies: Building supplies are needed for the repair of a roof at the Center for Liberian Assistance's safe house for young girls who have experienced domestic violence. The home is located 45 minutes from the capital of Monrovia. Materials are need to repair and renovate the roof of the clinic, classroom, kitchen and meeting hall. Zinc roofing, $150.00/bundle; ceiling tiles $11.00; wood planks, $3.00-$5.00; nails, $25.00 a box and paint, $55.00.

#212: Laos, Baby Blankets & Diapers: $5.00 will provide a new born baby with an undergarment, hat, blanket and two diapers to go home. 1200 babies are born in this Luang Prabang, Laos hospital each year. 50% of the families cannot afford to provide these items for their newborn.

#211: Mali, Onion House Building Materials: Baniko Jaba Ton, the local onion cooperative needs construction materials to build a storage house to store their onion crops for up to 6 months. Onions are seasonally farmed, so the market becomes flooded with onions during the harvest and the prices go down. The farmers come from 15 villages approximately 200 km from the capital of Bamako. They will provide the labor and 50% of the building material cost. They need: 10,000 mud bricks (6 cents each); 100 bags of cement ($120.00 each); eight shelving units ($400.00 each); two doors ($240.00 each) and ten small windows ($130.00 each). This project is being coordinated by a former Mali Peace Corps volunteer.

#210: Haiti, Goats & Books: $100.00 will purchase a goat and books. 4th grade children receive 9 months of animal husbandry and life skills training. They receive a pregnant goat after 3 months. They give back one offspring to the project so it can continue and become self-sustaining. The goats are providing a way for the children to pay for their schooling and build a future for themselves. The Give a Kid a Kid project also supplies books and teaches students how to read.

#209: Malawi, Nursery School Building Project: $855.00 will provide the construction materials for a nursery school. The Chilimba Women & Orphan Care Center in the Zomba District provides support for women who are suffering from domestic violence and small children who have been orphaned as a result of the high incidence of AIDS in the country. They need 10 bags of cement ($243); doors ($43); 2 locks ($43); a plastic water tank ($243); 10 iron metal sheets for the toilet ($195); a large cooking pot ($73); and roofing nails ($15).

#208: Cambodia, Computer: $600.00 will provide a computer for a university woman to further her studies. The Harpswell Foundation, www.harpswellfoundation.org, provides the only dormitories for university women in Phnom Penh. Each year several students are sent to US universities for a one-year post graduate fellowship. All the Harpswell young women, who are from very poor families, have been trained to become leaders in their country.

#207: El Salvador, Roofing Supplies: The El Naranjo School with over 100 students from Kindergarten - Grade 8, needs a new roof. When it rains water pours everywhere, damaging desks and books, disturbing the students. The parents will repair the roof structure and install the metal sheets. $53.00 per metal sheet; 36 sheets needed.

#206: Zambia, Malaria Bed Nets: $6.00 will provide a bed net for a student att he Dwankhozi Basic School (pre-K- 9) where their motto is "Education First". Dwankhozi Hope (DK) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support acommunity school in rural Zambia with over 600 students. Greater than 90% of the students at the school contract malaria (often multiple times) in their lifetime. In partnership with the Zambian Rotary, DH aims to purchase and distribute 600 mosquito nets for the students in an effort to minimize thei mpact of this devastating disease. Associated organization: www.dwankhozi-hope.org.

#205: Ghana, 1000 Gallon PolyTank: A water well will be drilled in Naama, located in the Mampong District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The PolyTank ($550.00) will be placed on the water tower in order to store the water.  Naama residents currently fetch water from nearby contaminated rivers. This project will bring clean drinking water to every household in the village.

#204: India, New Baby Kits: When a new baby leaves the hospital the parents are given two kits which include a diaper, cap top and a clean cloth to wrap the baby in. One kit costs $1.00. Two medical doctors have returned to Gujarat, India to dedicate their lives to serving rural and tribal people.  At this not-for-profit medical center hospital there are approximately 35-40 deliveries a month. www.shamlajihospital.org

#203: Vietnam, air conditioner: $750 will provide an air conditioner for the Go Vap Orphanage, in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  The orphanage houses children from birth to 18 years who are affected by Agent Orange.  Because of their disabilities these children are often in their beds 24 hours a day.  The spring and summer season in Vietnam can reach triple digits on a regular basis.  An air conditioner would provide relief.

#202: Nicaragua, water pipes: Piping ($2.50 per meter) and connector parts ($2.00-$7.00 per part). This project will serve 23 farm families in southern Nicaragua, an area that has no roads, electricity, or portable water. The water pipes will be brought up a horse trail, to the first set of houses and the community building, from the connection to the municipal water system located at the bottom of the trail, about 200 meters. The labor will be supplied by the families. With this start, hopefully the system can be continued to the rest of the community. Currently the very contaminated water for drinking and cooking is scooped from stone cisterns and carried on the heads of the female members of the families to the homes. The hope is to eliminate the prevalent parasitic diseases for a healthier community.

#201: Mexico, Laptop Computers: Post secondary scholarship students need computers ($500.00).  These students are from a town near Playa del Carmen, Mexico and attend colleges and vocational schools in the Yucatan Peninsula. Most of the students will be the first in their family to receive a college education.  Additional information: puertoadventuraseducators.org.

#200: Uganda, Beekeeping: The Association of United Efforts in Mahwa, Uganda is a youth group with vocational, recreational and mentoring programs.  Their newest project is beekeeping.  They have built the structures but are in need of the timber hives which cost $30.00 each.  The income from this project will go toward the schools fees of the 40 youth members.  This program teaches a new skill as well as instills responsibility and self- sustainability.

#199: Rwanda, pineapple project: The aim of this project is to increase the harvest of organic pineapple to meet the market demand.  Approximate cost per item is:  Pineapple plant $1.00; Wheelbarrow/cart $65.00; Hoe $5.00; Spade $3.00 each; Rake $2.50 each; Basket $.70; Sack $.50 and Manure fertilizer $25.00/ton.

#198: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), vocational supplies: The Center to Help Exploited Children (CAMME) in Goma works with 100's of street children, orphaned or abandoned, to provide them with vocational and other training.  For instance they learn carpentry, sewing and car repair.  Examples of costs: plywood $10.00; varnish $5.00; nails $4.00/kg; beams $15.00; sewing machine replacement parts $5.00; printed fabric $10.00/bolt; shears $7.00; thread, zipper, needle and hooks $2.50.

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#197: El Salvador, Mini Laptop and Projector:  A laptop ($400.00) and projector ($450.00) are needed at a school in Canton el Shiste near the Guatemalan border. The school has 130 students grade Kindergarten - 9th grade. The nearest city is approximately 1 1/2 hours away.  Training on computer use in the classroom will be provided by a Peace Corps volunteer. The laptop and projector also would be used for community education.

#196: Vietnam, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste and Fluoride:  $10.00 buys fluoride treatments for a child, oral heath and nutrition materials and toothbrushes and toothpaste for the child and his/her family for one year.  The Vietnam Tooth Project focuses on preventing tooth decay and malnutrition by educating teachers and families about good nutrition, providing free toothbrushes and toothpaste and applying varnish on children's teeth.

#195: Honduras, Education Center Building Materials:  Cement, $10.00 per bag and aluminum sheets for roofing $12.00 for a 12' x 4' sheet are needed in order to construct three classrooms and a cafeteria for an education center for children, youth and adults in the western highlands of Honduras in Central America.

#194: Haiti, Fuel:  An orphanage in La Chapelle, Haiti, needs fuel for the generator to provide electricity.  $10 for a day; $70 for a week; $300 for a month.  One gallon of diesel will fuel the generator for 4-5 hours, powering necessities like the water pump, lights, fans and the refrigerator.

#193: Uganda, School Toilet Block: The Rwaburindi Elementary School needs toilets for their 135 students, 95 boys and 40 girls in grades 1-6. The school is in a very poor community on the edge of the Echuya Forest and includes many pygmy children. The cost is $3.70 per student for a total of $500.00. Any donation amount is appreciated.

#192: Somalia, Tools: $50.00 provides a multi-tool and sheath that includes steel knives, pliers, wire cutters, saw, files, wire stripper, screw drivers, cutting hook, locking blades and bit drivers in a foldable, pocket size. This versatile tool is the number one request of Somali men who have been trained to remove and destroy land mines, unexploded ordinance (UXO) and small arms and weapons in South Central Somalia and Somaliland. The goal is to support peace and stability by reducing the risk of conventional weapons. Associated Organization: MAG (Mines Advisory Group) America. Thank you to Leatherman Tools for reducing the price!

#191: Haiti, Rabbits: $55.00 provides one male and two female rabbits for each family. Rabbits have a tremendous potential to increase income and improve the nutrition of rural and urban families. Rabbit consumption in Haiti has increased from 1% to 70% in the last four years. The profits have allowed families to pay for their children's required school fees. Families are members of Makouti Agro Enterprise, a network of farmers and technicians who provide ongoing technical assistance. The families are located in six villages in Northern Haiti.

#190: China, School Libraries: The population in the Nu Jiang Prefecture in the Yunnan Province is 520,000, including over 10 different ethnic minorities. Many of the primary schools are located in remote mountain areas and are village based because of transportation difficulties. Most of them have less than 30 students. Generally these students do not have easy access to newspapers, magazines or books. A new school library costs $230.00 for books and shelves. Any contribution is appreciated.

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#189:  Cameroon:  Textbooks and School Uniforms: Orphans and needy children in northwest Cameroon want to go to school but they need assistance in order to attend.  $50.00 will pay for textbooks and $10.00 will purchase a school uniform.  The Government primary school of Bawock welcomes over 200 students, 65% are boys and 35% are girls in grades 1-6.

#188:  Cambodia:  School Desks, Tables and Blackboards:  There are five empty 3rd - 7th grade classrooms at the TaPang School in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. They each need desks ($35.00); a teacher's table and chair ($65.00) and a blackboard ($35.00).  The school has over 700 students with another 500 waiting. In Cambodia the teachers have a morning and afternoon session with two different groups of students.  Associated organization:  Friends of Cambodian Child's Dream Organization (CCDO), www.friendsofccd.org.   

#187: Nepal:  Student Uniforms, Desks and Benches: Many students cannot attend school unless they have a uniform and many families cannot afford this cost so students are denied access to education. $5.00 provides a shirt and pants for a boy or a shirt and skirt for a girl.  The Shree Birenda Primary School in a rural, impoverished area 200km from Kathmandu, serves 291 students up to the 5th grade.  The enrollment is increasing and new desks and benches are needed. $48.00 provides a desk and bench for four students.  Associated organization: International Women's Sewing Group.

#186:  Alabama, School Supplies:  The tornado that devastated northern Alabama deeply affected schools and children. Many families are still living in shelters.   Students will be returning to school in August and they need backpacks ($20.00); Pens and Pencils ($10.00); Notebooks ($3.00) and books (prices vary).  Associated organization: College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Alabama.

#185: Library Floor Tiles & Paint, Philippines: The Dr. Vicente Gonzaga Library serves an elementary school of 220 students, grades 1-6 in the barrio of Sagay, near Bacolod City, Philippines.  The library is being refurbished and they need $700.00 for floor tiles and paint. The villagers will volunteer their labor.  Any amount toward this goal will be appreciated.  Culturally appropriate books will be provided by Books for the Barrios.

#184: Hand Pump Wells, Cambodia:  $236.00 will provide a hand pump well and filter for rural families in Siem Reap and Odor Meachey Provinces in NW Cambodia. Currently very few families have a clean, safe source of water. These wells are for families who were displaced during the Pol Pot regime. Recipients include widows, widowers and physically frail persons. From 2009-2015: 285 water pump wells have been provided to rural families, schools and a health clinic in remote villages; 36 cement pipe wells (for deeper drilling) have been provided. A filter is provided for each well. Families share their well water with neighbors so additional filters are provided to neighbors so that they can filter water in their own home. 200 free standing filters have been provided. There are over 100 families waiting for wells. A maintenance fund guarantees that all drilled wells are maintained in operating condition. At the request of one of the remote villages, the Kouk Reangí Village Library was begun in 2014 and dedicated in January 2015. This Library serves 4 neighboring villages. A daily English Class has been offered since July 2015. Associated organization: www.cambodiaruralwells.org

#183: Bikes, Laos:  Children in this Laotian village have to walk over two hours to get to high school, so many of them drop out of school.  $85.00 will buy a bike that can handle the rough terrain.  The bike will provide transportation so that they can attend school.

#182: Baby Clothing, Northern California: $34.00 provides an infant with a wardrobe-in-a-box (75 gently used garments including onesies, booties, hats, jackets), $4.00 buys a warm baby blanket and $5.00 provides a new parent kit which teaches mothers how to care for their newborn.  These items are provided to newborns-in-need at shelters and safe-homes.  Without these clothes, some babies would have little to keep them warm besides the hospital issued blanket. Associated organization: www.lovedtwice.org.

#181: El Salvador, Stoves: A Peace Corps volunteer is working in Canton El Centro, a remote, rural community in El Salvador.  The community needs fuel-efficient wood stoves ($26.00) for the local households.  Currently families cook over open wood fires inside their homes.  Respiratory illness from smoke inhalation affects the long-term health of all family members. Additionally these stoves require less wood and therefore lessen the deforestation.

#180: Albania, Physical Therapy Equipment: A newly established and American mentored physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic in Elbasan, Albania is in need of professional therapeutic equipment and supplies.  Paraffin Therabath, $231.00; Mat Exercise Table: $620.00; Clinic traction unit, $3329.00; topical analgesic, $8.00/tube; Aquasonic gel, $20.00/5 liters and Iontophoresis electrodes, $40/package of 12.  Quality care is given regardless of ability to pay.

#179:  Kenya, Women's Business Start-Up Equipment:  Equipment is needed to help women become self-sufficient by setting up a catering business.  Refrigerator, $350.00; Freezer, $350.00; Microwave, $142.00 and pots and pans $5.00 each.  The Village Ventures Center assists women in developing successful small businesses. Associated organization: www.projectforafrica.org.  

#178:  Afghanistan, Solar Ovens: $50.00 will provide a solar oven for a family in a refugee camp in Afghanistan. These ovens are easy to assemble, light weight and long-lasting. For many Afghan families, wood is prohibitively expensive. The benefits of the oven include its ability to pasteurize water and the elimination of smoke. Smoke inhalation is a major health hazard, particularly for women, who do most of the cooking. Associated organization: Trust In Education, www.trustineducation.org

#177:  South Africa, Big Picture Books:  As part of a literacy project in the 29 Junior Secondary Schools in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, large picture books, $32.00, are needed. The teachers have been trained to teach the language curriculum using these and other books.  Big books enable teachers to work with their large classes more effectively, using interactive teaching methods to engage the children in their learning.

#176:  Gaza, Children's Rehabilitation Items:  Children who have been victims of land mines need orthotic and prosthetic devices.  Crutches: $42.00; walking devices, $505.00; and arm prosthesis, $2106.00. Rehabilitation services are provided in Gaza and for severe cases, in Slovenia.  Matching funds are available.  Associated Organization: International Trust Fund.

#175:  Zimbabwe, Bunk Beds:  The Maunganidze Kindhearted Children's Home in Chitungwiza, near Harare, needs bunk beds, $150.00; mattresses and pads, $65.00; sheets, $15.00; blankets, $15.00 and pillows, $5.00.  The home houses 26 children from 1-18.  Most of the children have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Associated Organization: Africa Wellness Initiative.

#174:  Lebanon, Kitchen Equipment:  New kitchen equipment is needed for a hospital/home which specializes in the care of 300 patients suffering from mental retardation.  Their psychiatric illnesses are addressed by a multi-disciplinary medical team.  They need a heavy duty mixer, $130.00; a stainless steel working table, $297; and double wall shelves, $342.

#173: Exam Materials and Novels, China: Exam papers ($2.00) and English and Chinese novels ($2.00 each) are needed by students at the primary school attached to Shaanxi Normal University and the No. 6 High School in Huxian County, near Xian, China.

PROJECT CLOSED

#172: School Uniforms, Honduras: $11.00 makes the difference of whether a child can go to school or not as uniforms are required to attend school. $7.00 for a shirt or blouse and $4.00 for pants or a skirt for elementary students in Cuenca, Honduras. School starts in January 2011.

#171: Textbooks, Tanzania: Textbooks that cost between $5.00 and $10.00 are needed for primary students at the Mikuuny Primary School near Arusha, Tanzania. One book would be shared with the 3-4 students who sit at a desk together. Sets of books which cover all subjects for one classroom will cost $800.00. Associated Organization: Adopt A School, www.adoptaschool.info.

#170: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Fluoride Dental Varnish, Ecuador: $5.00 provides toothbrushes, toothpaste and doses of fluoride varnish for a YEAR for children age 6 months to 6 years old in Pueblo Kichwa, Ecuador. Severe tooth decay leads to mouth pain, which leads to inability to eat and malnutrition. Unfortunately large numbers of children living in poverty suffer from tooth decay and malnutrition. A volunteer health team works with children and families regarding nutrition and oral health.

#169: Computer, Nepal: $415.00 will provide a computer and $140.00 will buy a printer for the Janata Lower Secondary School (grades 1-8) in western Nepal. This would be the only computer at the school. The majority of the students come from impoverished communities. Associated Organization: International Women’s Sewing Group.

#168: School Stoves, El Salvador: $32.00 will purchase a stove. These efficient wood burning stoves do not produce smoke. Two schools in rural El Salvador each need two stoves. The mothers volunteer to cook for the Kindergarten – 6th grade students. One of the schools also could use a window ($50.00).

#167: Fish, Zimbabwe: Fifty kilos of dry fish can be purchased for $250.00. The young women of the Marodera area will sell the fish. The funds they raise will be applied to the purchase of a used truck. They need a truck to transport building materials and food for a center for pre-school children.

#166: Binoculars, GPS Units and Field Cameras, Borneo: In order to protect orangutans, leopards and other species of the Wehea Forest in East Kalimantan, Borneo, binoculars ($250.00), GPS units ($350.00) and Field Cameras ($250.00) are needed. These will be used by the local Dayak rangers to document the biodiversity in unexplored Wehea forest in order to permanently protect this irreplaceable ecosystem.

#165:  Classroom Building Materials, Tanzania, Africa:   Bags of cement ($11.00), cement blocks ($1.10), framed windows ($89.00), framed doors ($67.00), paint ($67.00) and sand truck load ($40.00) are needed to build two classrooms for an additional 100 students, K- 7.  Two out of 5 children are waiting to attend school in Karatu.  Associated Organization: web.me.com/jachtr.

#164:  Food, Malawi, Africa:  $12.50 will feed a child a daily meal for an entire school YEAR.  The meal consists of maize, flour, and ground nuts.  It is prepared by the mothers and distributed at the Kasimu Elementary School to 1300 students.  Associated organization:  Kasimu Education Fund, www.kefmalawi.com.

#163:  Crutches, Tibet:  $30.00 will purchase a pair of crutches for survivors from the 6.9 earthquake in the Qinghai province of China and other disabled Tibetans in the region.  Many people are recuperating in hospitals and will need crutches when they are released.  Associated Organization:  Kham Foundation, www.khamaid.org.

PROJECT CLOSED

#162:  Orphanage Supplies, Argentina:  Items are needed at an orphanage in San Isidro, Buenos Aires which houses orphaned and abandoned children ages infant through 18.  Mattress and pillow case $35.00; Dish set for 30, $65.00; Silverware set for 30, $71.00.  Associated Organization: Fundacion Hogares, www.fundacionhogares.org.  

#161: Pigs, Rwanda: $40.00 will purchase a pig.  There are 150 women farmers, many of them widows from the civil war, in the Hinga Kawa Women's Association in rural Rwanda.  They need pigs for fertilizer, breeding, and food.  This is part of their larger effort to convert their coffee crop to organic production. Associated Organization:  TransFair USA.

#160:  Desks, Ghana: $19.00 will buy a student desk for students grades 2-6 at the Naama DS Primary School, located in the Mampong District, Kumasi Region, Ghana.

#159: Gardening Tools and Seeds, Kenya:  Hoes ($30.00), Pick Axes ($30.00) Jembe (machetes) ($28.00) and seeds ($50.00) are needed to cultivate an organic garden that is farmed by the women of Buyangu, Kenya.  The produce raised will be used to feed the whole village.  In addition maize will be grown to make flour.  Associated Organization:  East Bay for East Africa, www.eastbayforeastafrica.org.

#158:  Children's Books and Computer Station, Cambodia: $40.00 will purchase 50 Khmer language children's books; $60.00 will fund a computer station and chair and $400.00 will buy a desktop computer for the Sovann Komar Children's Village in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The center provides abandoned and orphaned children with a home environment, education and health care. www.goldenchildren.org

#157: Stools, Books and Toys, Dzolo-Gbogame, Ghana:  The Kindergarten serves the village of 4,000 people in the Volta Region, near the border with Togo.  The young students now have to carry their own stools on their heads, walking from home.  These stools ($10.00), books ($2.50 each) and toys ($7.50 each) will be used in the classrooms.

#156:  English Language Lab Headphones, Chile: $15.00 for a headphone.  Colegio Domingo Santa Maria, is a public K-8 grade school in Conception, Chile that is developing an English Language Laboratory to serve 1000 students and community members in a rural, impoverished area.

#155: Dresser, San Francisco Bay Area, CA:  $150.00 will purchase a dresser for 18 year-old former foster youths who are transitioning into independent living. The First Place for Youth organization, www.firstplaceforyouth.org, provides affordable housing and supportive services.

#154:  Water Piping and Sprinklers, Namibia:  $11.00 per water pipe and $90.00 per sprinkler system.  Community volunteers and the Namibia Red Cross are building a community garden in order to have two crops per year.  The vegetables will provide inexpensive food to the community.  Any excess can be sold to pay for school fees and after-school classes.

#153: Portable Slit Lamp, Nepal: Mobile eye examination clinics serving 48 rural villages with 350,000 people in Nepal need a portable slit lamp in order to diagnose cataracts. Patients are then referred to the only hospital in the area where physicians are available to perform this surgery. Lantern Projects will partner with other organizations to raise the $3000.00 cost.

#152: Carpentry Supplies, Mozambique: This project is to help AIDS orphans and school dropouts in Moatize district Tete Province to be self reliant. They need: Saws, $5.00; Planes, $10.00; Measuring tapes, $2.00; Chisels, $5.00; Drills, $1.00; Tool Boxes, $1.00; Sand Paper, $1.00; 40 liters of Varnish, $40.00. (Costs are per item).

#151: School Roof, Bangalore, India: Supplies are needed to renovate the roof (originally built in 1949) of the Bapagrama School for 400 students and staff. Steel reinforcement rods, $61.00; Cinder block, $2.00 per block; Cement, $48.00; Roof slabs, $114.00; Sand, $69.00, Plywood, $26.00; PVC pipe, $23.00; and Aluminum sheets $258. This school provides free, quality education to the poorest children in outlying rural areas.

#150: Safety Visor for Landmine Removal, Kosovo: $40.00 will provide a safety visor for a de-miner, disposal engineer or operational supervisor who is removing landmines. Associated organization: The Halo Trust, www.halousa.org.

#149: Milk, Cuenca, Honduras: $9.00 will provide a daily glass of milk for a month for an undernourished child. Healthy minds require good nutrition. The powdered milk is purchased locally which supports local businesses and farmers.

PROJECT CLOSED

#148: Village Visual Library, Yunnan Province, China: The Pumi ethnic minority have established a small library in the remote village of Yushichang. They need a TV set, $375.00; a DVD player, $45.00; DVD's, $3.00 each and books, $2.00 for learning about organic farming, herbal medicine farming, husbandry technology, environment, education and law.
Associated Group: Tufeng Project.

PROJECT CLOSED

#147: Gardening Tools, Laos: Tools are needed for the Numbuk Orphanage, ages 10-16 and Ethnic High School for a vegetable garden for 470 students. Rakes and trowels, $2.00 each; machetes and watering cans, $3.00 each; digging tools, $4.00 each and shovels, $5.00 each.

#146: Student Desks, Democratic Republic of the Congo: $12.00 will provide a durable, wooden student desk. After the ravages of war the villagers in the rural area of Luotu have built two classrooms for a primary school that serves 700 students. They now need 80 desks.

#145: Solar Pump, Ethiopia: A solar pump is needed for Bue, a farming community 60 miles from the capital. Currently the villagers walk to the river, fill a plastic can with water and pour it into a holding tank. A solar pump is needed to pump water from the river to the village. Estimated minimum cost $2500.00. Any donation will assist a US State Department employee who is volunteering to coordinate this project.

#144: Educational Materials, Ghana: $7.00 will purchase a book, educational game or building blocks for Kindergarteners in Damongo, Northern Region, Ghana. There are 70 students in a classroom and no sturdy educational materials.

#143: Malaria Bed Nets, Haiti: $5.00 will provide a malaria bed net for children and families living in an area devastated by malaria in the central plateau of Haiti. Bed nets are a proven way of preventing mosquitoes, the
carriers of the disease, from infecting those who sleep under them. Associated Organization: Partners in Health, www.pih.org.

PROJECT COMPLETED

#142: Internet Supplies, Sierra Leone: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is providing specially designed laptops to the world's poorest children. In the village of Kenema they need wireless routers, $70.00; CAT5 networking wire $15.00: extension cables, $10.00: power strips, $7.00 and 10 watt solar panels to power laptops, $25.00. 100 children age 6-12 will benefit. Associated organization: Defense for Children International.

#141: Supplies, Sri Lanka: Supplies are needed for educational and training programs (Life Skills, English, Technology and Leadership) for disadvantaged youth. Dry erase marker board and eraser, $15.00; Stapler and staples, $13.00; Markers, $5.00: Masking tape, $2.00; and Pens, $1.20.
www.VisionsForTheFuture.org.

#140: Farming Tools and Equipment, Cameroon: The community of Bawock in the northwest suffered from tribal conflicts. Now they are trying to rebuild their homes and farms that were destroyed. They need carts, $150.00; wheelbarrows, $45.00; farm tool sets (like hoe, rake and scythe) $45.00 and zinc sheeting for roofs, $15.00 per 50 sheets.

#139: High School Science Equipment, Panama: The only high school in remote Jaque, Darien needs science equipment: $80.00 microscope; $30.00 slides; $30.00 human body model; $90.00 chemistry set; $20.00 test tubes; $5.00 per pair of eye goggles. The school serves local and Colombian refugee children. Associated organization: www.bridgesacrossborders.org.

#138: Books for Floating Library, Costa Rica: $5.50 will purchase a book for the floating library. There are a number of small one-room, one teacher schools in poor communities which are only accessible by boat. Through community volunteers and donations a library was built at one of the schools. Books will be taken by boat to the different schools. Associated Organization: Rotary Club of Heredia, Costa Rica.

PROJECT CLOSED

#134: Medical Equipment, Honduras: Two clinics in the rural, mountainous area of Intibuca, Honduras serve 12,000 inhabitants of this region. They need: examination lights, $5.00; blood pressure apparatus, $74.00; stethoscopes, $110.00; instrument tables, $119.00; scale, $158.00 and hospital beds, $343.00. The clinics provide 24-hour medical care.

#135: School Reading Series, Swaziland: $2.00 - $10.00 will purchase a book as part of the Macmillan sequential reading series in English for over 500 pre-school and primary school children who attend the Mconcwane Primary School.

#136: Solar Panels, Namibia: 75 watt solar panels, $411.00 each; solar batteries $119.00 each; an inverter $287.00; power gauge, $46.00, a regulator, $82.00; solar lights, $18.00 each and 100 meters of cable, $1.50 are needed to provide electricity for the Mbambazi Primary School. They have 6 computers but are not able to use them due to lack of electricity.

# 137: South Africa, Books: $10.00 will provide a book for the Phendulani Quiz ("Answer Together" in Zulu). Each school receives 20 books which Grade 7 students read and then are quizzed on in a competition among schools. After the quiz the books are donated to under-resourced schools in order to start libraries.

#133: Library Books, Nepal:  $1.50 - $7.00 will purchase a book in English or Nepalese. Currently there is no library at this school for 278 students, age 4-15 which serves poor ethnic Tharu and other low caste children. The school was built by the Harnahari farmer villagers who rent and work the land.

 

#132: Construction Supplies, Burma (Myanmar):  Cyclone Nargis destroyed the Kyundamin Primary School in the Delta region which serves 162 students, age 5-12.  Construction supplies such as bricks 7 cents; bag of cement $6.50; roofing $7.00; gravel, $60.00; windows $120 and large doors $220 are needed to rebuild the school.  Students are temporarily housed in a crowded monastery basement. 

 

#131:  School Kits, Cambodia:  $25.00 allows a student to go to school at the Little Angel City Orphanage in Siem Reap.  The kit includes a book bag, shoes, books, ruler, eraser, text book, pens, pencils, tooth brush and tooth paste.  Currently there are 70 students age 4-20.  $5.00 provides lunch for one child for one month.  Associated Organization: Friends of Cambodian Child’s Dream, www.friendsofccd.org.

 

#130:  Sheep and Lamb, Seeds and Fertilizer, Afghanistan:  $125.00 provides a female sheep with lamb and $60.00 will buy a bag of fertilizer and vegetable seeds.  Farmers need assistance to achieve sustainability and not be reliant on others in a survival mode of day to day living.  Associated Organization:  Trust In Education, www.trustineducation.org. 

 

#129: Educational Materials, Botswana: Four teen centers, which provide care
and support to 300+ HIV positive teenagers, need educational materials that
teach about disease management, life skills, money management and career
planning: $15.00 journal and stationary; $30.00 educational board games and
$20.00 life skills instructor training manual.

 

#128: Conservation Books, Kenya: Books ($5.00 - $10.00) are needed for
conservation clubs. The purpose of the clubs is to teach students, age 8-12,
about the connections between wildlife, the landscape and the people.
Interactive materials have been developed but books about African animals and
people would reinforce the concepts. The goal is for the next generation of
pastoralists to become wise stewards of their rangelands.

 

#127: Latrines, Nepal: The Kitini Public School outside of Kathmandu only has
two latrines for 1400 students, grades nursery - 12. New latrines cost $350.00.
Some students do not come to school because of the lack of latrines. Associated
organization: Global Family Village, www.globalfamilyvillage.org.

 

#126: Donkey and Library Books, Ethiopia: $1.00 pays for the printing of a
bilingual book and $120.00 will buy a donkey. The donkey is used to carry a
structure that houses books. This becomes a mobile library for rural areas
where children do not have access to books. Associated Organization: Ethiopia
Reads, www.ethiopiareads.org.

 

#125: Jewelry Making Equipment, Ecuador: Socially marginalized local youth ages 18-25 on the island of Muisne need equipment to make jewelry from recycled natural materials to support themselves. Item costs: $6.00 pliers; $13.00 drill heads; $50.00 drill: $55.00 saw and saw blades; and $120.00 grinder. They would form an art workshop cooperative and share the equipment and the profits.

 
 

#124: Braille Paper and School Uniforms, Nepal: There is a special unit for underprivileged, talented, blind students at the Shree Damkada Higher Secondary School in west Nepal. In order to attend they need Braille paper, $10.00 and a school uniform, $7.00 for the material. The International Women’s Sewing Club will make the uniforms.

 
 

#123: Electrification Supplies, Bangalore, India: The Bapagrama School provides free education, agricultural training and a health clinic for high school and college students from the poorest families. The following items are needed to provide electricity to the facility: Electric wires: $65.00, cables: $112, poles: $95.00, switch box: $65, outlets: $118.00, tube lighting: $48:00 and cement: $40.00 and sand $65.00 for plastering.

 
 

#122:  Vegetable Garden Supplies, Mozambique:  The following items are needed for a vegetable garden project to help widows whose husbands died of HIV/AIDS: $1.50 seed packet; $17.00 hoe; $19.00 shovel; $20.00 garden fork; $25.00 watering can and $815 for a water pump. 

 

#121:  Orphanage, Kenya:  Building materials are needed for an orphanage for 200 orphaned, destitute children.  Per unit costs:  $12.00 cement bag; $44.00 paint; $4.40 window glass; $12.00 ceiling board; $4.10 nails; $44.00 meter box; $3.00 switches; $2.00 lamp holders and sockets; $29.00 Piping.  Many of these children have lost their parents/guardians due to HIV/AIDS.  

 

#120:  School Materials, Orissa, India:  The following items are needed for a preschool for disadvantaged, indigenous children: $9.00 student writing boards; $13.00 teacher writing boards; $20.00 sitting mats; $25.00 storage rack; and $40.00 school supplies.  Associated organization: www.vikash.org .  

 

#119:  Two Room School, Nepal:  Construction supplies for a school for poor children in the rural Udayapour District would cost as follows:  Bricks: $68.00; Cement: $44.00; Sand $30.00; Wood: $15.00; and Corrugated Roofing Sheets: $118.00.  

 

#118: Earthquake Relief, China:  Earthquake victims in the Sichuan Province need warm clothing and food to get them through the winter.  $10:00 will buy a sweat shirt and pants and $18 provides bedding. $98.00 provides rice, oil, salt, meat and vegetables for 6 months.  

 PROJECT CLOSED

#117: Water Well, Ethiopia: Clean water is needed in an area north of Addis Ababa where there was a recent outbreak of malaria. The community will provide the manpower for the construction work. Total cost for the well is $5,927. There are matching funds for this project so that every contribution is trebled. Associated organizations: Anti Malaria Association, Ethiopia and Rotary.

#116: Goats, Uganda: $35.00 will purchase goats for women in Northern Uganda who are girl mothers, formerly abducted child soldiers, widows, grandmothers taking care of orphans or mothers living with HIV/AIDS. The goats will help them create a sustainable livelihood. Associated organization: Community Action Fund for Women in Africa.

#115: Legal Training Supplies, Kenya: Training supplies such as pens ($.19), legal pads ($.62), paper ($5.30) and flip charts ($30.00) are needed for a pro bono trial advocacy program provided by US attorneys specifically focusing on violence against women and children. A camcorder ($110.00) also is needed for videotaping mock trials and providing feedback. Associated organization: Lawyers Without Borders, www.lwob.org.

#114: Rabbit Hutches, Laos: Each rabbit hutch costs $30.00, and six additional hutches are needed for rabbit breeding at an orphanage in rural Laos. The children at the orphanage raise their own vegetables but they are protein deficient. The older girls keep the hutches clean and feed the rabbits. There are a total of 391 children at the orphanage.

 

#113: Knitting Cotton, Zambia: $50.00 will buy a case (58 skeins) of knitting cotton for the women in the Mehaba Refugee Settlement. The cotton is used to provide vocational training classes in knitting and crochet for 500 women. The classes are conducted in knitting circles which develop skills, inform women about health and safety issues and provide a safe space for women to heal from the challenges of poverty and displacement. Associated Organization: www.FORGEnow.com.

PROJECT CLOSED

#112: School Desks, Supplies, Uniforms and Shoes, Cameroon: $25.00 buys a desk with a bench, $20.00 buys a student uniform and shoes, $40.00 buys a student mattress and bedding and $16.00 buys chalk, erasers, pencils, rulers and notebooks for deaf students ages 4-20 years old. 84 students attend the Buea residential school for the deaf which was founded and is run by deaf adults. Most students are from poor families.

#111: Sewing Machine and Supplies, China/Burma: $70.00 buys a sewing machine and $45.00 buys enough yarn, zippers, buttons and scissors for one year of handicraft training for a woman in need. After one year of vocational training and counseling, women can return to their villages and make a living. Associated organization: www.foundationburma.org.

#110: Peanut Butter Machine, Zimbabwe: $200.00 will buy a machine that makes peanut butter. The caretakers of orphans and vulnerable children in the community of Buhera Muraminda have requested this machine so that they can make and sell peanut butter in order to help the early childhood education and orphan care initiative become self sufficient. Associated Organization: Child Resource Institute Zimbabwe, www.icrichild.org.

#109: Art Supplies, San Leandro, CA: $5.00 will provide art supplies (crayons, brushes, paper) for children who are patients or visitors at the George Mark Children's home. This is the only pediatric respite, transitional and end of life house in the US. They provide quality care for children and families. www.georgemark.org.

#108: Ducklings, Burma: $10.00 buys a baby duckling to support animal husbandry projects at two orphanages in rural Burma. After the orphanages buy the ducks, care takers will raise ducks for eggs and for sale to keep the orphanage running. The orphanages provide ongoing care, education and health to 260 children. www.thehungryduckling.googlepages.com

#107: Malarial Nets, Pokuase, Ghana: $4.40 will provide a Long Lasting Insecticidal Malaria Prevention Net to a child aged 2-5. One to three million people die each year from malaria and 70% of them are children under five. Associated Organization: WomensTrust, www.womenstrust.org.
 

#106: Mattresses, Blankets, Plates and Spoons, Huntington Village Day Care Center, near Nelspruit, South Africa: Huntington Village Day Care Center needs mattresses $26.00); blankets ($10:00); plates and spoons (90 cents) for children under the age of 4. This center provides day care for the children of teenage mothers who have returned to school.

#105: Goats, Bees, & Mushrooms, Nepal: The following are needed for the Nestling Home: $17.00 for a goat, $22.00 for a beehive; $20.00 for mushroom seed packets and $328.00 for a greenhouse for off-season vegetable production. This home provides indigent children of prisoners with food, shelter, education and vocational training. Associated Organization: PAM (Prisoners Assistance Mission/Nepal).

#104: Oxen and Carts, Burma/Myanmar: An ox costs $400.00 (2 needed per cart) and a wooden cart costs $800.00. These would be used communally to transport water, construction material and crops in a rural village and to go to the town markets. Associated Organization: Rural Development Society.

#103: Water Well, Cambodia: $220.00 provides a hand pump well for a multi-generational family of farmers that normally would have to walk 3 km in each direction to get water, so that they can grow their vegetables to sell at the market. Associated Project: Friends of Cambodia Child's Dream, www.friendsofccd.org

#102: Books, Dublin, CA: $5.00 - $10.00 provides a book to a child (infant to 12 years) who is waiting to visit a family member who is an inmate at Santa Rita Jail. The children can take the books home after their visit. Associated Organization: Alameda County Library Foundation, www.aclf.org, Start with A Story Program.

#101: Cooking Supplies, Colombia: Commercial cooking supplies are needed for a women’s cooperative on the Pacific coast. Pans $45.00 - $50.00; steel table $100.00; 60 cup coffee maker $135.00; and oven $325.00. Associated organization: International Center of Education and Human Development, www.cinde.org.

#100: Medical Clinic Supplies, Haiti: A medical clinic is being built in rural Haiti that will serve 4000 people. They need: Gloves, $6.00/box; Digital Thermometers, $6.00 each; Scales, $15.00 each; Blood Pressure cuffs and Stethoscopes, $20.00 each; Exam Table, $100.00 and a Generator $360.00. Associated Organization: www.sionfunds.org.

#99: Bedding, Thailand: $15.00 buys bedding for orphans and vulnerable children who are living in hill areas in Northern Thailand. Most of the children have fled across the border from Burma, with family members, neighbors or other children. Associated Organization: Foundation for the People of Burma, www.foundationburma.org.

#98: Mosquito Netting, Duk Padiet, Sudan: $15.00 will purchase mosquito netting for refugees returning to Sudan. Netting prevents the spread of malaria and saves many lives, especially those of children. Associated Organization: The Lost Boys of Sudan, www.onewithus-helpduk.org.

#97: New Classroom, Beltar Village, Udayapur district of Nepal: Following are needed to build a classroom for the Raktamala Primary School: $70 Cement; $70 Sand; $70 Wood, $210 Bricks and $70 Classroom Furniture.  Labor and local materials will be donated by the villagers.   

#96: Chairs, Desks and Notebooks, southern Sudan, Africa: $35.00 will buy a chair, $50.00 will buy a desk, and .75 cents will provide a notebook for returning refugee primary school children.  The associated organization: www.rebuildsudan.org, is building schools (windows: $100.00; doors: $150.00; nails and tools for one classroom: $350.00).

#95: Musical Instruments, Ladakh, India: $26.00 will buy a flute, $64.00 will buy an acoustic guitar and $360.00 will buy a keyboard for visually impaired children at the Mahabodhi School and Hostel for Visually Impaired.  Students who are generally ignored are receiving care and vocational training.  Associated Organization:  www.mahabodhi-ladakh.org.

#94: Food, Utensils and Medical Supplies, Lesotho, Africa:  $25.00 will provide food, utensils and supplies for one-two weeks for HIV/AIDS patients and their families in three villages near the capital of Maseru.  $10.00 will buy one box of medical supplies and equipment for a health center.  These centers serve thousands of patients each year. 

#93: Manicure and Pedicure Tools, Peru: $200 will buy all the necessary equipment for one trained woman to start her own manicure and pedicure business. The beneficiaries are women rescued from the sexual exploitation industry when they were children.

#92: Basketball Court, Kenya: Cement costs $10 per bag for building a basketball court; $300 will provide the basket, metal posts, rings, boards and scoreboard for a juvenile facility in western Kenya.  The boys, ages 13-18, and staff will build the court to provide a formal sports education program.

#91: School Supplies, Nepal: $17.00 will provide a school uniform, backpack and basic supplies for a child to go to school for a year in Kathmandu.  Without these supplies it is virtually impossible for these impoverished children to attend class.  Associated organization:  Global Family Village Nepal.

#90: Sewing Machine, Ethiopia: $200.00 will buy an industrial strength sewing machine for a women’s cooperative in Hossana, Ethiopia.  These women are living with HIV/AIDS and need to support themselves and their families.  Associated organization: ETINE.  Their goal is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through education and social programs.

#89: Malarial Medicine and Bed Netting, Burma: $5.00 provides a bed net and $8.00 provides malarial treatment and training by a mobile health team in rural hill areas of Burma where there is no other access to health care.

PROJECT COMPLETED

#88: Orphanage Building Supplies, Monrovia, Liberia: Unit supply costs include: foundation cement $10 per 50# bag; box of nails $20, plywood sheet $25, steel beam $80, door $150 and window $170. The orphanage will house children who have been ravaged by war.

PROJECT CLOSED

#87: Beekeeping Equipment, Botswana: $85:00 buys a set of beekeeping coveralls and tools and $100 buys a beehive for income-generation for unemployed recent high school graduates. The income from each hive can support a household of 8-10 people. Training is provided.
 

#86: Books, China: Books, China: $5.00 - $50 will buy books for the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center Library. This grass roots library is a specialized heritage protection learning and research resource center helping local communities to protect their cultural heritage

PROJECT CLOSED

#85: Cement, Uganda: $556.00 will provide a cement floor for the Home of Comfort Orphanage in Uganda (Wakiso District).  This orphanage houses 36 children from the northern refugee camps, many of whom were used as child soldiers or sex slaves.

#84: Bedding, Kenya: Bedding costs are: $7.00 (sheet); $6.00 (blanket), $8.00 (pillow) and $12.50 (mattress) for orphans and destitute secondary students (age 14-22) who attend the school and live at the Ghetto in the Urban Rehabilitation Education Center in Nairobi.  The school provides them their only educational opportunity.

#83: Health Education and Family Planning Books, Myanmar (Burma):  $25.00 will provide an updated set of health education books for one hill tribe village in the Shan State.  Books include reliable information on AIDS prevention, basic sanitation, family planning and other public health issues.  Associated Organization:  The Burma Village Assistance Project.

#82: Sweaters, Blankets, Chairs, Tables and Door, Namibia: The following items can be purchased for children between the ages of 6 and 14 living and going to school in a squatter’s camp: sweater ($5.00), blanket ($5.50), plastic chair ($6.00), plastic table ($32.00), steel door ($90) and padlock ($3.00) for a pre-fab building.

#81: Wheelchairs, China: $76 will provide a wheelchair for a disabled person in the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous region, western Sichuan province, China.  A list of 50 people has been developed by the county branches of the Disabled Person’s Federation.  A team of volunteer physical therapists and doctors ensures that the chairs are appropriate for the individual’s needs.  Associated Organization: www.khamaid.org

PROJECT CLOSED

#80: Cleft Palate and Lip Operation Expenses, Laos: $21.00 provides transportation by boat or bus; $17.00 pays for food for the patient and one family member for 4 days; $20.00 pays for medication.  Surgery and operating costs are paid by Interplast and other volunteer medical teams.

#79: Hospital Supplies, Nepal: $5.00 will provide a bedcover, $114 will provide medical instrument wrappers and hospital clothing and $171 will buy material for curtains for doors and windows at a district hospital in Parasi, Nepal.  Associated Organization:  International Women’s Sewing Group, Nepal.

#78: Food and Water, Honduras: $20.00 a week provides clean bottled drinking water and $50.00 supplies food for one day for the 21 children, ages 3-13, at the Majken Broby Children’s Home in Roatan, Honduras.  Associated Organization: www.roatanchildrensfund.com
 

#77: School Tables, Chairs and Workbooks, India: $35.00 will provide a table and $10 will buy chairs constructed by village carpenters in Samthar; India. $10.00 will purchase a student workbook for an English for Young Learners classroom. Associated Organization: Project Awake and Shine

#76: Feminine Supplies and School Supplies, Zimbabwe: $3.50 will buy a packet of sanitary napkins; $8.50 will buy a pencil, pen, and textbook or exercise book. Most girls in Zimbabwe lack basic resources, which are vital in assisting them with their education. If they do not have these supplies, they do not go to school. Associated Organization: International Child Resource Institute.

#75: Helmets, Gloves and Jackets, Guatemala: $53.00 will provide a motorbike helmet, $33.00 will buy a pair of gloves and $55.00 will purchase a protective jacket for local outreach health care workers. They travel to the remote regions to identify patients for needed surgeries, which are available free of charge to poor people. Rotary is raising funds for the motorbikes.

#74: Medicine and Winter Coats, Laos: $2.50 will buy a warm jacket and $50.00 will purchase medicines for one year for children at the Luang Prabang Orphanage where 350 children from 7 to 16 years of age live. Many children have lost their parents due to unexploded bombs left over from the Viet Nam war.

#73: Food and Clothing: Lobatse, Botswana: $2.00 provides beans, porridge, rice, vegetables, bread and fruit for one day; $5.00 buys a pair of jeans; $4.00 buys a T-shirt; $5.00 buys shoes; and $.83 buys socks for orphans and vulnerable children. Associated Organization: Botswana Association for Psychological Rehabilitation.

#72: Clothing and School Supplies, Da Nang, Vietnam: $2.00 pays for socks and raincoats; $4.00 for a traditional dress for girls or a school uniform for boys; and $7.00 provides a notebook, pens and supplies for orphaned, disadvantaged, disabled or at-risk children ages 6 –17. There are 150 students at the Village of Hope; 45 students are deaf. Associated organization: East Meets West, www.eastmeetswest.org.
 
#71: Food, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia: Every Thursday food is distributed by volunteers to men, women and children in need. The food costs per person are: $.16 for rice; $.11 for milk; $.07 for crackers; and $.09 for noodles.
PROJECT CLOSED

#70: Complete home-based solid state lighting systems powered by solar energy, Rwanda: $25 buys two 12 volt rechargeable batteries that last 5 years; $40.00 buys a solar panel for a home lighting system and $140 buys equipment to provide ultra-efficient, safe, clean lighting for one house (2 LED lights, battery, solar panel, switches and wiring). Associated Organization: Light Up The World Foundation, www.lutw.org

#69: Candle-making and Basket-making Supplies, Botswana: The New Xade settlement for people living with HIV/AIDS is developing sustainable projects to provide basic income.  The following items are needed:  $79.00 for 1 50kg bag of candle wax; $47.00 for a slicing knife; $32.00 for 1 2-liter bottle candle dye; and $66.00 for 6 months of basket making supplies.

#68: Study Tables, Ghana: $20.00 will buy a study table for a secondary school for girls in Damongo, Northern Region, Ghana.  This is the only secondary school in an area where the literacy rate is 5%.  By receiving an education, the 15-18 year old girls can break the cycle of poverty.  This project is associated with a textbook and library book project in Canada.

#67: Blankets and Mattresses, Kenya: $10.00 will buy a blanket and $35.00 will buy a mattress for a boy between the ages of 15-18 in a juvenile detention center in western Kenya.  Currently 400 boys sleep on cement floors and there is one blanket for each group of 5 boys to share.  Most of the boys are there because of dire circumstances.

PROJECT CLOSED

#66: Stoves, Bedding and Clothing for Leper Colony in Nepal: $7.00 will buy a woman’s shawl or men’s sweater; $10.00 will buy a winter quilt and $17.00 will provide a kerosene stove for one elderly leprosy victim living in a colony near Pokhara, Nepal.  Associated Organization:  www.virtueschildrennepal.org.

#65: Cribs, Nepal: $48.00 will provide a new crib at the Bal Mandir Orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Currently 3-4 children are sharing a crib.  This causes skin diseases, illness and unsanitary conditions.  Having their own crib would improve their health, sanitation and well-being.  Associated organization: National Children’s Organization of Nepal. www.nconepal.org.

#64: Children’s Dental Care, El Salvador: $2.00 buys a toothbrush and toothpaste; $10 buys one year of fluoride treatments for a child.  Most children under the age of 6 in rural El Salvador suffer from severe tooth decay caused by poor nutrition and poor oral hygiene.  The Salvadorian Association for Rural Health, www.asaprosar.org, and University of California, Berkeley are training community health workers and families on nutrition, tooth brushing and dental care for children.

#63: Burn Treatment: Chile $50.00 pays for 1 month of treatment at a specialized clinic for a Latin American child who has been burned. Treatment is provided free of charge to the family, giving new life to the child through both physical and emotional healing.  Associated organization: COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation, www.burnedchildren.org.

#62: Food for Famine in Kenya: $2.00 provides 3 meals a day for a student at the Kiteta Girls Secondary School in eastern Kenya.  Many people are facing starvation due to the drought that has made it impossible for crops to grow.  Associated organization: CEWAY (Center for Women and Youth Services).
 

#61: New Classroom, Tanzania: In Tanzania students can now begin school at age 7 instead of 10, but new classrooms are necessary to house these students.  Building costs are:  10 cents per concrete block, $9.00 per iron sheet for roofing; $11:00 for a bag of concrete; $60.00 per window; $75:00 for a truckload of sand; $90.00 per door and $120.00 for paint.  Classrooms for 45 now have up to 75 students.  Matching funds available!

#60: Earthquake Relief, Pakistan: $15.00 provides a gas cylinder with light and burner for lighting and cooking; $17.00 provides a tool kit for reconstruction with a pick-ax, hammer, crowbar and 4 kg. of nails; and $22.00 buys a bedding kit containing a pillow, quilt, bed cover and two towels for earthquake victims in Siana, Pakistan.

#59: Chickens and Supplies, Panama: $45.00 buys 3 dozen baby chicks, $75.00 buys fencing, $60.00 buys wood and nails, $40.00 buys zinc roofing, and $20.00 buys drinking bins for a chicken coop and $15.00 provides chicken feed for a project to help elders in the jungle town of Jaque to produce their own food.  Associated organization: Bridges Across Borders.

#58: Maps and Classroom Furniture, Myanmar (Burma): $3.00 provides maps, $25.00 buys a 10’ x 4’ blackboard and $170 purchases a set of desks and chairs for the Thit La primary school in a remote ethnic village in the Shan state.  Associated organization:  Rural Development Society.

#57: HIV Testing Kits and Latex Gloves, Arusha, Tanzania: $50.00 will buy 100 testing kits and $7.00 will provide latex gloves for the testing technicians and the community health workers.  The goal in 2006 is to test 7000 people.  Associated organization: Students for International Change, www.sichange.org

#56: School Furniture, El Salvador: $34.00 will buy a desk and chair for a student in Kindergarten – 6th grade in a school located one hour away from San Salvador.   This school serves many needy children as well as provides a “School for Parents” regarding parenting and a healthy family life.  Associated organization: San Salvador Maquilishuat Rotary Club.

#55: Microwave Ovens, Oakland, CA: $50 will provide funding for a microwave oven for a low-income woman who is too sick to cook her own meals and is receiving in-home support services such as meal delivery.  Associated organization: Women’s Cancer Resource Center, www.wcrc.org.

#54: Building Materials, Cambodia: A group home and school for children who previously worked as garbage pickers in Phnom Penh needs building supplies: $5.00 per can of paint; $8.00 per tile for flooring; and  $22.00 for window screening.  Associated organization: Centre for Children’s Happiness, www.cchcambodia.org.

Special Project: School Supplies and Clothing for students affected by Katrina: $10:00 - $25.00 will buy a book bag; $15.00 - $30.00 will buy shoes; and $40.00 will provide a school uniform for students in the Mobile, Alabama School District. This includes over 1000 displaced students from Mississippi.

#52: School Furniture, Albania: $55.00 will buy one desk and two chairs for one of four K-12 public schools, each with 400 students, in the farm community of Bilisht.  Associated Organization:  Rotary in Albania and US.

#51: Coffee and Supplies, Israel: $56.00 will buy a coffee urn and $370.00 will buy cups, saucers, cutlery, tablecloths, serving trays, tables and coffee and snacks for 1 year for facilitated bi-weekly gatherings of women affected by domestic violence. They receive practical help and emotional support. Associated Organization: Haifa Battered Women's Hotline.

PROJECT CLOSED

#50: Improving Health, Laos: $100.00 provides a tank for water collection and a trough for washing hands for 300 students at the Pakthong Primary School in Vientiane. $120.00 will buy a septic tank, $200.00 provides one stall with a water-sealed toilet.

#49: Trees, Afghanistan: $5.00 will buy a fruit tree in Lalander, Afghanistan. In Spring 2006 over 50 families will plant fruit trees and annual crops in an area that recently has received irrigation. These trees will help to restore over 150 acres of farmland, devastated by 25 years of war. Associated Organization: Trust in Education, www.trustineducation.org.
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#48: Gardening Equipment, Peru: $10 each will buy a pick, shovel, rake or clippers; $120 will pay for a bike and $240.00 will purchase a weed whacker for former street youth who have been trained as gardeners. These items are needed to start small businesses to earn a living in Lima, Peru.

#47: Stoves, Guatemala: $65 will buy an iron-top stove with reduced wood-burning feature for a rural community in Chibaquib, Guatemala. By removing the fire from the ground, sanitation and health are improved. Associated organizations: Rotary and Improvement of the Quality of Life in Rural Community Guatemala. Matching funds may be available.

#46: Radios, Afghanistan: $120.00 will buy a digital satellite radio, antenna and car battery for a remote area in Afghanistan. Young children and their families can hear songs and stories along with programs on child development. These programs are currently broadcast at childcare centers, schools and communities. More radios are needed for additional centers. Associated organization: Equal Access: www.myvillagelink.org/afghanistan

#45: School Supplies and Clothing, Tibet: $19.00 will buy pens and pencils, $50.00 will buy student books and notebooks and $75.00 will buy student clothing and shoes for a student for 1 year at the Jonang Primary School in Amdo, Tibet. This is the only primary school in a 3-day radius. Associated organization: Jonang Foundation, www.jonangfoundation.org.

#44: Hospital Trip, Vietnam: Many children (below the age of 16) in remote rural areas do not have access to adequate health care. When a child has a medical condition or illness, $50.00 - $100 will pay for transportation to a hospital in a major city, examination fees, laboratory fees, and medicine as well as temporary housing and meals.

#43: Chinese Traditional Art Supplies: Children at the Fu Li School (grades 6-12) in Guilin, China need rice paper $30.00, ink $30.00 and brushes $30.00 to learn to paint traditional Chinese paintings in order to have a means of income when they graduate. 70% of these students are orphans who live at the school.

PROJECT CLOSED

#42: Improving Health and Sanitary Conditions, Nepal: $25.00 provides seeds and training for a family vegetable garden. $50.00 provides a latrine. $200.00 covers the cost of the construction of a water tap. The use of the water tap and latrine will minimize disease and unsanitary conditions.

Associated organization: Educate The Children, www.etc-nepal.org.

#41: Equipment, Kenya: Students in Nairobi, Kenya have received training on how to set up a business to make an income. They now need basic items for their businesses such as hair salon equipment, $198.00; a milk cow, $130.00; a non-electric cake oven, $99.00; or a sewing machine, $110.00.  Associated organization:  Project Baobab, www.projectbaobab.org.
 

#40: Family Project, Sri Lanka: These families are rebuilding their homes and their lives. They need household goods such as beds, chairs, stoves and tables. For their work they need to replace items such as saws, drills and diving gear. Most items cost under $100.00.
 

#39: Sewing Machine and Materials: $400 will provide a sewing machine for regular and overlock sewing and materials for an 80-women cooperative in the San Vicente community, Ecuador (8 hours from Quito). This cottage industry supports local families.

#38: Housing Supplies: Over 800 refugee families in Bujumbura, Burundi are rebuilding their homes which were destroyed by ethnic wars and need supplies: $65.00 cement for walls, $65:00 roof; $75 for windows and door; $75:00 sanitation facility. Associated organization: Youth in Reconstruction of the World in Destruction (YRWD), www.jrmd.org


#37: Medical equipment: The Slums Information Development and Resource Center (SIDAREC) needs equipment for their clinic: $150.00 examination lamp; $190.00 centrifuge; $243.00 refrigerator; $300.00 scale. This youth-initiated, community-run organization provides support for individuals living and working in the streets of Nairobi, Kenya as a result of poverty and AIDS.

#36: Water Purification System Replacement Parts and Supplies, Sri Lanka: The Colombo West Rotary Club in Sri Lanka and the Sunnyvale Rotary Club are raising funds for water purification systems.They are being flown to Sri Lanka free of charge. The Sri Lankan Rotarians will provide the water pumps and install and maintain the systems. The replacement parts and supplies to keep each system running at maximum capacity for one year cost $800.

#35: Replacement of Commercial Fishing Equipment, Thailand: The Thailand Takua Pa Rotary Club and San Francisco Bay Area Rotary Clubs are partners in raising funds for nets, traps and material to repair Thai boats.

#34: Rebuilding of schools, hospitals, and homes, Sri Lanka: The Rotary Clubs of Colombo Metro and Trincomallee, Sri Lanka are coordinating a rehabilitation program for the rebuilding of schools, hospitals and homes in Trincomallee where 86,000 people are in temporary refugee camps.

#33: Soup Kitchen and Medical supplies, Indonesia: Posko Kita Relief Center in Banda Aceh, northern Sumatra, needs funds to support women and children affected by the tsunami.The volunteer-operated center is providing a refuge, soup kitchen, medical facility and communication center.

PROJECT COMPLETED

#32: Safe Drinking Water, Vietnam: $2.50 purchases 1 meter of piping that will help deliver water to needy homes in the Quang Nam Province in Vietnam. A safe water source from the ground is located. A submersible pump is dropped into a well and piping is installed to direct the water source to the water tower. Through a gravity feed it is filtered and then piped to homes. $2000 provides a filter for hundreds of households. Program Associated with the Project: East Meets West Foundation, www.eastmeetswest.org. Read More...

#31: Computer, Nepal: $416.00 will provide a computer for the Shree Mahendra National Secondary School in Bikram Sambat, Nepal. The community runs this government school of 472 students. Currently there is no computer. Organization Associated with the Project: International Women's Sewing Group. Read More...

#30: Jeppestown & Belgravia: Clothing and Toiletries: $16.00 will provide a hat, shirt, shorts and underclothes and $6.00 will provide a towel, washcloth and soap for 3-6 year olds in a new Educare Center for the communities of Jeppestown and Belgravia in South Africa. Program Associated with the Project: Kgosi Neighborhood Foundation (KNF) www.knf.co.za.

#29: Phnom Penh,Cambodia: Washing Machine and Towels: $250.00 will buy a washing machine for the 32 children (age 3-15) at the River of Life Orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Bath towels, $3.00 per child, are desperately needed.

#28: Tin Roof and School Supplies, Nepal: The Basaha Village Development Committee in eastern Nepal is building a school classroom for the Shri Jana Jyoti Primary School so students do not have to be outside in the rain. Funds are needed for the roof: $5 for nails; $20 for wire; $20 for wooden pieces and $192 for 4 bundles of corrugated sheets. $5 provides school supplies. Read More...


#27: Textbooks, Study Manuals and Bus Passes, California: The Next Step Learning Center in Oakland, California provides free instruction, tutoring and counseling to disadvantaged older students so that they can pass a high school equivalency test. Instruction and testing materials cost: $15 for textbook; $20 for study manual; $65 for exam fee; $60 for bus pass.

#26: Student Desks, Tanzania: $20 buys a student desk for three students in the Mika Primary School in Tarime, Tanzania.There are 405 grade 1-9students.Building materials for new classrooms cost: 1 Brick - $1; Bag of cement - $11; 5 liter gallon of paint - $15; and a truck load of sand - $40.

PROJECT CLOSED

#25: Sewing Machines, Ironing Boards and Training House, Bangladesh: $ 25 funds an ironing board; $125 buys a sewing machine and $378 pays for a tin-shed house for the Goodwill Women's Development Project in Dhaka, Bangladesh which trains young girls.Program Associated with Project: International School of Dhaka Student Community Service Group.

#24: Shelving, Bulgaria: $92.00 will provide custom shelving for donated books for the American College of Sofia, Bulgaria. The school serves approximately 600 high school students, 70% of whom receive financial aid. 100% of 2004 graduates were accepted at universities. Program Associated with Project: Rotary. www.acs.bg.

PROJECT CLOSED

#23: Tools and Equipment: The tool lending library in Chacala, Mexico needs an adjustable wrench, $10.00; pipe wrench, $12.00; hanging work light, $31.00; circular saw, $75.00; chain saw, $125.00; wheelbarrow, $125.00 and an air compressor (for spraying stucco), $350.00 to help villagers build houses. Program Associated with Project: Cambiando Vidas.

#22: Braille Signs: $51.00 will provide a Braille sign for one of the 18 play panels or 4 slides in the Barrier-Free Playground for children and adults with special needs. This new park, located in Oakland Roberts Regional Park, California, is designed so children of all abilities can have fun. Programs Associated with the Project: Rotary and East Bay Regional Park District.

#21: Musical Instruments: $5.00 will provide instruments for a child in Cuernavaca, Mexico. These street children are learning to play music as a means of surviving financially. This is part of the CASA TATIC program to help feed, educate and provide health care to 2000 impoverished families. Program Associated with the Project: www.vamos.org.mx.

#20: Books and Art Supplies: $6.00 provides 8 books and $5.00 provides a set of watercolors, colored pencils, markers and paper to be used at the Ethiopian Children's Book Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for children who have no books or supplies. Associated organization: Ethiopian Books for Children and Education Foundation (EBCEF), www.addislife.com/ebcef.

#19: Wheelchairs: $100.00 will provide a wheelchair for a hospice that serves men, women and children in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Most of the patients are quadriplegic or terminally ill. The hospice also runs a physical therapy clinic for young children.

#18: Training Supplies and Clothing: $3.50 will provide a notebook, 2 pens, 2 pencils and 4 folders for women in a health training program and $8.00 will provide children's clothing for families living in squatter communities in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Associated Organization: FUNDAESPRO, (Foundation for Effort and Progress).

#17: Vitamins and Supplies: $12.00 will provide needed items for the Mother-Child Health Care Centers in Nangrahar and Kabul, Afghanistan. These centers provide essentially free health services for women and children, including doctor checkups, lab tests and free medicines. Associated Organization: MEPO, (Medical, Educational and Peace Organization), www.mepoonline.org.

#16: Clothing, India: Clothing for children: $3.00 buys a girl's dress, $4.50 buys a boy's shorts and shirt, $.50 buys flip flops, and $14.00 buys hotel training clothes for children who live in the slums of Bhubaneswar, India. These children are educated on train platforms in between sorting and selling paper and plastic. Program Associated with the Project: Ruchika Social Service Organization, www.whole-child.org.

#15: Arusha, Tanzania: Student Desks: $25.00 will provide a bench-style desk that seats 4 students in Ng'iresi School near Arusha, Tanzania. Currently 900 students alternate sitting on the floor with sitting at one of the few desks. Program Associated with the Project: http://ngiresischool.org.

#14: Shoes: $5.00 will buy a pair of sturdy shoes for a boy age 5-16. These street boys have been abandoned or mistreated. They live in a shelter in Cochabamba, Bolivia where they are provided rehabilitation, counseling, tutoring and academic and vocational training. Program Associated with the Project: www.amanecer-bolivia.org.

#13: Bedding: $12.00 will provide bedding for a girl in a boarding dormitory in Shaanxi province, China. The Spring Bud program was started by the All-China Women's Federation to provide education for girls from the most poverty-stricken areas of China. Many of the boarders previously walked over 5 miles each way through mountainous terrain to get to school.

#12: Katorongot, Kenya: School Exercise Books and Pencils: .50 cents buys a pencil and .65 cents buys an exercise book for primary school children in Katorongot, one of the internally displaced communities, due to civil unrest, in Kenya. Organization Associated with Project: The Center for Women and Youth Services (CEWAY) is a community-based organization in rural Kenya. Read More...

#11: Rural Nicaragua, Library Books: $10 will provide a library book for a lending library for children and adults in a remote school in rural Nicaragua. Children walk each day to a one-room school with a metal roof and one blackboard. The books would be purchased in Nicaragua, taken by truck for 9 hours, then carried by horseback or by the children up the mountain to the school.

#10: Youth Center Equipment: $15 will buy a football or netball, $100 will buy a guitar, $7.50 will buy board games, $150 will buy a music system for children who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS who attend the Reach Out Initiative Youth Center in Kampala, Uganda. These items also will be used in school workshops that teach children life skills such as increasing self-esteem, how to deal with peer pressure and how HIV/Aids is spread. Program Associated with Project: Reach Out HIV/AIDS Initiative.

#9:Orphanage, Nepal: Orphanage Infant Items: The Bal Mandir Orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal needs the following items: baby blankets, $15; crib sheets, $14/pair; nursing bottles, $2; pacifiers, $2; plastic diaper covers, $4; soft teddy rattles, $17 for 4; musical mobiles, $25. Organization Associated with Project: National Children's Organization (NCO), Nepal, www.nconepal.org. Read More...

#8: Shonsho Village, Rural Tibet: $110 will provide a solar lantern with panel (including shipping) for the Shonsho Village in rural Tibet. These lanterns are durable, easy to use and can be carried from room to room. They are an improvement over the diesel fuel lamps that currently are used, as they reduce health risks and fire hazards. Organization Associated with the Project: www.thesustainablevillage.com.

#7:Vietnam, School Furniture: $10 will provide a chalkboard and chalk; $35 will provide desks and $14 will provide chairs for small 2-room primary schools in the Thai Nguyen, Danang and Dong Ha provinces of Vietnam. Organization Associated with the Project: www.eastmeetswest.org. Read More...

#6: Wool and Looms: $5 will provide alpaca wool for a child's shawl; $10 for wool for an adult's shawl; $40 will provide a loom. The Association for the Preservation of Peruvian Textiles (TAPPT) is providing training to young Q'ero girls to learn traditional weaving skills and become self-sufficient. An adult shawl takes 3 months to complete. Web site under construction: www.weaversofwisdom.org.

#5: Shoes and School supplies: $9 will provide shoes; $10 will provide the following school supplies: English book, math set, colored pencils, notepaper, ruler, towel, cup, toilet roll and soap; $15 will provide a school bag for orphaned, displaced and at-risk children living in Accra, Ghana. Organization Associated with the Project: International Child Resource Institute: www.icrichild.org.

#4: Refugee Camp, Ghana: $2.25 buys 4 packs of erasers; $3.50 a bench/desk; $4.50, 4 packs of pencils; $20, 25 writing pads; $56, 100 notebooks for children from the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. These funds would be used in a teaching and counseling project for children between the ages of 7 - 12, many of whom are orphans.

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#3: Sewing Machines: $35 will provide a sewing machine to a widow (under the age of 20) as part of the Widows Vocational Training School in Kabul, Afghanistan. These young girls are provided sewing and marketing training. Organization Associated with Project: Peace Torch Foundation www.peacetorch.org and local Rotary clubs.

#2: Blankets: $10 will provide a refugee or poverty stricken family in Islamabad, Pakistan with a blanket. Students in the environmental science class and student community service organization at the International School of Islamabad, Pakistan are raising funds for blankets for over 500 families who are living in makeshift houses on the outskirts of the city.

#1: Eyeglasses: $3.50 contribution will be matched by the Lions Club to provide new glasses for a child or adult through the Himalayan Health Care Eyeglasses Fund. The glasses will be distributed through the new hospital/clinic in Ilam, Nepal. This hospital will serve a large population in rural Eastern Nepal that previously has lacked adequate medical care. Organization Associated with Project: www.himalayan-healthcare.org.

 
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