Acrylic Paint – Remember finger painting in kindergarten? Remember the joy of seeing colors transform right in front of your eyes. Thats the joy of experiencing acrylic paint for the first time. We share that with the youth in our workshops each time they come to class. Of course, quantities of paint when it comes to kids can become scarce in a few sessions. In order to keep the fun going we’re going to have lots of the stuff on hand. We go through a lot of Red, Yellow, and blue when it comes to lessons about color theory and mixing.
Crayons, Markers, Pencils – Our youth find it easiest in the earlier workshops to express themselves with thoughtfully drawn reflections based on prompts from our instructors.
Solar Powered Lights – You may see these on lawns in the suburbs. They can be quite luminous. They make all the difference in Haiti and the Dominican Republic where energy access has been a continual struggle. “Before the earthquake, Haiti had one of the lowest rates of electricity access in the world, with only 12.5 percent of its population of nine million connected to the grid. Those who had money relied on small diesel fuel generators for electricity. The cost of diesel spiked after the earthquake, putting that form of power generation even further out of reach for most Haitians.” (More here…)
Solar Powered Stoves – With little access to power and energy grids, the people of the Batey struggle with some of the simplest things we take for granted. Our goal is to have a few stations for preparing meals on functional fuel-free solar powered stoves.
Mosquito Nets – Rain water and pools of stagnant water with improper sanitation is a dream come true for mosquito populations. Help us to curb the risk of mosquito borne disease in the Caribbean. Inhabitants are susceptible to Chikungunya which has claimed some 306,837 cases documented in early July of this year. Thats a spike in the cases documented just a week before 42,393 according to a Jul 3 update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). (Read More about Chikungunya in the Dominican Republic)