The following is a list of suggested supplies you could send. Nothing needs to be new.
But please only send things that are in a good shape and that can be used for a long
period of time. Electrical equipment even battery-powered isn't a good idea.
School Supplies: color crayons, coloring books,
construction paper, pencils, erasers, markers, magic markers, rulers, ball-pens, notebooks,
type writer paper, scissors, tape, etc.
Maps: World, USA, Central America, Belize (no maps can be found
anywhere in south Belize).
Posters for the classrooms: Anatomy, Animals, etc.
Recreational Equipment: Think about things that can be used
by many children. Softball equipment (old bats, gloves and balls you don't use
anymore or the one your neighbor sells for a couple of bucks in his garage sale); Soccer
balls, Volley balls, Frisbees, etc.
Books for the School: Students need more recent text books
for all grades. 5 to 8 books from the same grade could be enough for teachers to change
their teaching material and retire the antiques they are using. Children need books for
all subjects from 1st to 8 grades. Additional books for high-school students will also
help the most motivated ones to keep studying even if they can't afford high- school.
Group donations are especially welcome. If you're a teacher, you could ask your students
(or their parents) at the end of the year to donate their books, and send a box.
Books for the future library: We saw the preliminary
building under construction. IZE (owners of Rainforest Lodge) and another company have
donated a couple of boxes. It's a nice start but think how nice it will be for children to
have a nice selection. Keep in mind that people, especially children, need book they can
easily comprehend. Short stories, novels, and educational books would be good. Of course
if you have an old collection of National Geographic, they would make excellent
How can you be sure that your donation reaches the children?
This is one of the concerns with which I have approached Ignacio. He has taken various
initiatives and responsibilities to help the people in the village and wants these
programs to work. In his own words, he wants to focus on the children. When I offered to
write this page and get CASKE 2000 involved in a donation program, I suggested to him that
the children write a personal Thank You letter to people who include their return address.
He adopted the idea instantly and promised to arrange it with the principal of the school.
Just mention that you are sending a donation as part of the CASKE 2000 Project and write
your return address if you wish to receive a Thank You letter.
Although we won't be there, you can also email us. We will keep in contact with Ignacio
by email via IZE.
How and where to send your donation
In addition to the Customs form you will have to fill out, we're asking you to write a
page which you will put inside the package. It should say that the full contents of the
package is donated to the School, Library or the children of Blue Creek as part of the
CASKE 2000 donation project. The content has no commercial value and is to be used in an
educational manner and no duty should be charged.
Ignacio will have to open the packet at immigration in Punta Gorda to show them the
contents and letter.
Please address your packet to:
P.O. Box 133
fax (501) 7-22199
Thank you very much for your interest in helping the children of Blue Creek
J-Philippe and Luke from CASKE 2000 and the village of Blue Creek
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