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Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.

Project #1

Clinica Esperanza provides low-cost/no cost medical care to the people of Roatan. Patients can receive services from the walk-in medical clinic, women’s health center, pediatrics inpatient hospital, birthing center, and adult and pediatrics dental clinics with support from a laboratory and pharmacy. The clinic also provides outreach clinics and community health education programs.

General Medical:
Ace Bandages, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Strips, First Aid Kits, Giving Sets, Glucose Test Strips, Hot Pack, Ice/Cold Pack, Needles, Oxygen Tubing, Respiratory Masks, Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

Specialist Equipment:

Testing Kits:
Malaria, Pneumonia, and Strep Throat Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent)

Albuterol Inhalers, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Asprin (Low-Dose), Blood Pressure Medication, Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (Any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Cough Treatments, Cough and Cold Syrup and Tablets (Adult and Children), First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Hemorrhoids Cream or Suppositories Acetaminophen, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Magnesium Sulfate Paste, Metronidazole (Flagyl), Paracetamol, Permethrin (Scabies Cream), Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets

Specifically for Children:
Baby Aspirin, Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), and Newborn Clothing

Office Supplies:
File Folders, Filing Cabinets, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, and Staplers

Project #2

Familias Saludables is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization devoted to fighting the AIDS epidemic on Roatan and the Bay Islands. Our major focus is on reducing the incidence of mother-to-child transmission of the virus both at birth and via breast milk. We run testing clinics for pregnant women, assign trained home visitors for mothers living with HIV/AIDS, provide education to the public, provide palliative training services and, when available, we provide infant formula, medications, and a host of supplies to support families struggling to cope with this disease. In addition, we fund and organize a school for children here in the local community, many of whom have been part of our program’s success. Our greatest need is for formula and school supplies/support for local families. Any items you can bring are greatly needed and will bless the lives of families here on the island.

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English, Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English, Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English, Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English, Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math (All for Grades 1 through 10)

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Plastic Cones for Goals, and Soccer Balls

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New or Gently Used Women’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Infant Formula (even a little expired is fine), Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Paints, Acrylic Paint Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Crochet Hooks, Earring Hooks, Fabric, Fabric Scissors, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread, Watercolor Paints, Watercolor Paint Brushes, Wire Cutters, Wool, and Zippers


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