We rely almost entirely on donated items to support the students in our school. You can see the items we are most in need of below or at our Pack for a Purpose site. Your donations can be brought or sent to our office. Please contact us for any inquiries.
Due to the dental health of the children, we ask you to not bring any candy or sweets.
Our Top 5 List Items
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolour Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters, Coloured Paper, General Craft Accessories and Supplies.
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
New or gently used children’s clothing and shoes. Please keep in mind Cusco's climate, generally cold and rainy, to choose weather appropriate clothes.
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Books about gardening, cloth caddy for small tools, gardening gloves, hand fork, small pruning shears, spades, and trowel
Bars of soap, combs, deodorant, hair brushes, hair pins and elastic hair bands, hand cream, multivitamin tablets, reading glasses of assorted strengths, sanitary napkins, shampoos, tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Vaseline, and washing powder.
Donate Books for our Literacy Programme
One of our main initatives at Picaflor House is literacy. Many of our students are native Quechan speakers and don't learn Spanish until they start their first year of school at age 6. These kids are often left behind in the underfunded government school system as when the material is presented in a language they don't understand, all of their subjects suffer along with literacy.
Help us support our programme by donating books! The list below has been curated specifically to promote the following:
- Child Protection: Many of these books teaches them about their body and what their rights are. Promoting autonomy is fundamental so if a child is in a dangerous situation, they know what are safe and unsafe touches, and to tell an adult.
- Feminism: Machismo is a set of beliefs around masculity that is strongly present in rural areas of Peru. It teaches boys to be agressive and girls to be demure. These books have strong female leads that illustrate a life for women outside of domestic work.
Are the books you want to donate in English? We happily accept all books as they will be used for our English classes.