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ARGENTINA

#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.  

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BELIZE

#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.

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BOLIVIA


#14: Shoes, Cochabamba, Bolivia:
Amanecer was founded in 1981 by the Daughters of Charity to serve the abandoned and mistreated boys, girls, women and babies who might otherwise be living on the streets of Cochabamba.  Amanecer is operated under the auspices of the Archbishop of Cochabamba and is recognized by the Bolivian government as a non-profit organization.  Amanecer operates 12 facilities to provide shelter, prevention and rehabilitation, education, vocational training and day care services.

 

The boys who received shoes live in a shelter where the focus is on motivation and rehabilitation for those who have experienced the street culture.  The activities encourage boys to create habits of work and study.  The boys are involved in counseling, academic tutoring, workshops, outings, sports and chores to help maintain the house. 
Program Associated with the Project: www.amanecer-bolivia.org


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CHILE

#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.


#63: Burn Treatment:
$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.


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COLOMBIA

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.co.

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COSTA RICA

#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

#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

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

#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.

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ECUADOR

#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.

#39: Sewing Machine and Materials, San Vicente community, Ecuador: $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.

#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.

 

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EL SALVADOR

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#64: Children’s Dental Care: $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.

#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).

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GUATEMALA

#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.


#18: Training Supplies and Clothing:
FUNDAESPRO (Foundation for Effort and Progress) provides early childhood education programs, medical services, training and women's empowerment workshops for families living in squatter communities.  They are in need of supplies to provide resources for their early learning programs and training programs for mothers. web site: www.whole-child.org

 
#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.


#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.

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HAITI

#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.

#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. 
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#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.

#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.

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#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.

#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

#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.


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HONDURAS

#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.

#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.

#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

#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

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JAMAICA

#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.

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MEXICO

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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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#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.

#21: Mexico, musical instruments: A talented musician has offered to teach over 200 indigenous street seller children in the project, CASA TATIC, to play simple instruments and know the joy of playing music together. How this would brighten their lives and perhaps give them a skill that will help them survive financially! These children, often as young as three, sell on the dirty and dangerous streets 12-14 hours a day and live in squalid conditions. Each $5 will provide the instruments for one child. The fund-raising goal for this project is $1000 - 2000.

VAMOS! Inc. of Weston, VT is an IRS approved 501c3 non-profit with nearly 20 years experience working with the Mexico poor. They currently have projects to feed, educate, and provide health care to 2000 impoverished children and their families in Cuernavaca. 100% of donations goes to the projects.   www.vamos.org.mx

 
#23: Tools and Equipment, Chacala, Mexico: The pueblo of Chacala is located on the coast, north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Several organizations are helping this community to achieve self sufficiency.  The Berkeley, CA Rotary Club has established a tool lending library so villagers can borrow tools to construct houses.

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NICARAGUA

#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.

#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. 

#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.

#11: Library Books: Santa Rosa de Lima School is located in Comarca, Nicaragua: In an area with no roads.  It is accessible by horseback or walking.  All of the 35 children (grades Kindergarten - Fourth) walk to school on small, narrow footpaths.  The school is a one-room building with a metal roof and porch.  The chairs are arranged around the three sides of the room with the backboard on the fourth side.  Each child has one "copy book" and pen.  There are very few textbooks, so the older children share.  The teacher's name is Santo.  The Lantern Project books are purchased in the capital, Managua. They are carried on a truck until the road ends (about 9 hours).  Then the books go up the mountain on horseback or by the older children carrying them.


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PANAMA

#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. 

#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).

#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.

#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.

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PERU

#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.

#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.

#6: Wool and Looms
Q¹ero, remote highlands of Peru

TAPPT, The Association for the Preservation of Peruvian Textiles, an international non-profit organization, seeks to help the Q¹eros preserve their traditional lifestyle by training young girls in the skills of their ancestors. Methods include on-site documentation and education, grassroots fundraising, and collaboration with arts organizations and collectors. The results will recapture historical traditions and create new sustainable economic activity for indigenous women in Peru¹s evolving economy.
 
The Q¹ero people have lived in the remote highlands of Peru for thousands of years. Chosen by the Incas as their weavers, the Q¹eros became the keepers of an ancient tradition. Without a written language, the Incas communicated their wisdom in cloth. The Q¹ero weavings map an ancient understanding of how humans are interconnected with Pachamama (mother earth) and with the universe. This understanding has enabled their community to maintain a lifestyle of harmonious existence with their environment for millenia.  Now the waves of our planet¹s modern disharmony are threatening to break the Q¹ero traditions and wash away the remaining wisdom that can potentially play a vital role in the restoration of a balance on earth for the benefit of all.

In recent years the tribe has been forced from the highlands into cities to cater to tourists.  Their weavings have become commodities. Today, only a few women remember the ancestral designs.

Further information: www.weaversofwisdom.org
 
#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.

 
#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.
 
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UNITED STATES

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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

#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/.

#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.

#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.

Special Project: School Supplies and Clothing for students affected by Katrina: Alabama
$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.

#22: Braille Signs: Oakland, California: Almost 5% of the San Francisco Bay Area residents under the age of 65 are mobility impaired.  This includes thousands of children.  It also includes parents whose restrictions limit their ability to accompany and share activities with their family.  An Oakland Rotary Club and the East Bay Regional Park District have developed a plan to benefit all the children and families in this region.  The plan pays special attention to the details allowing kids and adults with diverse physical abilities and disabilities to have full access to the fun at a new, specially designed, barrier free playground and park located within the Roberts Regional Recreation Area.  Graphic signs and maps throughout the play areas provide instruction for the seeing and the sight impaired.  Push buttons activate different sounds and provide directions to playground elements.  The main play structure is a large steel and wood structure which allows wheelchairs to maneuver between three raised access points and raised deck areas via bridges and ramps interconnecting many activity panels and play components.  Net climbers, vertical and horizontal ladders and climbing poles give alternate means of access.  Slides offer a variety of ways to descend back to the playground surface.

#27:  Literacy Program , Oakland, 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. The problems of under-education, violence and crime in west and east Oakland, CA are well documented.  The U.S. Census shows that 26% of Oakland adults 25 years of age and older have less than a 12th grade education.  A 2003 Oakland Tribune article stated that only 1/4 of the Oakland students who were in ninth grade in 1998 graduated from the city's schools.  High school drop-outs are more likely to live in poverty, be unemployed and be involved in crime.  The Next Step Learning Center provides educational skills in an innovative and supportive way. A small core staff and a volunteer corps of 40 volunteers provide intensive programs in basic literacy and GED (Tests of General Education Development) preparation for disadvantaged Oakland residents 17 years of age and older.  Services are offered free of charge and include one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction and supervised independent study.  More than 300 former Oakland high school dropouts have now achieved full GED certification and the increased access to opportunity this represents.
 
#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.
 
#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.

#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.

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