Thank you for inquiring as to what donations you can bring with you.  Below are a list of needed donations for Nicaragua.

If you are planning on involving people in your network to make a difference with you, we encourage you to invite them to be financial donors, as well as to donate supplies.  Funds provide the most flexibility in meeting current needs.

Please remember that all donations need to be brought with you in your checked suitcase(s). Sending supplies to Nicaragua is expensive; the funds used to ship things could probably be better used in-country.

If you receive donations of supplies beyond what you can bring with you, we encourage you to prioritize your donations, and to donate the extra to a good local charity. Or conduct a yard sale, and convert the extra donations into needed cash. Of course you should let the people who donated supplies know if you are doing something other than bringing them with you on your trip.

Thank you!

Food (highest priority)

Items that are expensive or unavailable in-country; for use by volunteers

  • Pancake Syrup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Plain Spaghetti Noodles
  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Jelly and Jam
  • Cake and Cookie Mix, Frosting, Sprinkles, Cupcake Paper

Household Items

  • Dish soap
  • Scrubbing pads and brushes
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer (large bottles with pump)
  • Can opener (HEAVY DUTY)
  • Vegetable Peelers – HEAVY DUTY
  • Kitchen Aprons (Cotton – Heavy Duty)
  • Shower curtains & rings – HEAVY DUTY, NOT SEE THROUGH

Educational Needs

  • World Map and Atlases
  • Working notebook computers, Tablets and Electronic readers
  • Drawstring Bags
  • Ticonderoga Pencils, erasers & sharpeners
  • Notebooks: sturdy and bound such as Mead, (NO spiral)
  • Whiteboard Markers & Whiteboard cleaner spray
  • Copy paper
  • Colored paper & Construction paper
  • HP Laserjet 83a Toner
  • HP 122 XL Black and Tri-color Ink
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Multi-lingual games
  • Calculators
  • Nametags
  • Friendship bracelet making (non-elastic) supplies
  • Permanent Markers: Black & Coloured
  • Bilingual Books for Children (Spanish-English)
  • Chapter books in Spanish for Children
  • Super large children’s books in English or Spanish to read aloud to a large group of kids

Sports and Recreation

  • Volleyballs
  • Kickballs
  • Basketballs
  • Basketball nets
  • Pumps for balls
  • Pylons (sports cones)
  • Bubbles
  • Skipping ropes