While school may be out for summer in the U.S., our Starfish Scholars in Ecuador are just a few months into their classes and already accomplishing great things! This year we welcomed 65 Starfish Scholars and have a total of 121 students enrolled in our tutoring and leadership development programs.
We are also excited to welcome a group of Starfish supporters from the U.S. during the first week of August. While not everyone is able to go on the trip with us, you can still help! With six volunteers traveling to Guayaquil, this is a fantastic opportunity to transport items to our team in Ecuador!
Please consider helping us by making an in-kind or monetary donation. We have listed 3 easy ways to do this below. If you have any questions about donating, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sydney Shearer, our new Individual Giving Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all physical donations will need to be received by Monday July 11th in order to be delivered with our volunteers.
In order to make giving easier for our supporters, we have set up an Amazon Wish List where we have listed items that we need for our programs in Ecuador. You can access our Wish List by going to tinyurl.com/starfishwishes. When you add items to your shopping cart from our Wish List page, you will have the option of having them shipped directly to our U.S. address. We will also keep this updated throughout the year, making it easy for you to give anytime.
If you already own an item from our Amazon Wish List and would like to donate it, you are more than welcome do that as well! We are looking for the following:
- Educational Computer Games/Apps/Subscriptions
- Dry-Erase markers
- Index cards
- Sticky notes
- Permanent markers
- HP Ink 662xL Tri-Color and Black Cartridges
- Circle stickers
- Oxford Bookworms Library (Level 1): Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp, Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Fact files: Titanic, A Little Princess and similar texts.
- Dominoes (Starter Level): Sleepy Hollow, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Mulan, The Tempest, Changing Places, Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Mary, Queen of Scots, and similar texts.
- Spanish Editions: El Hobbit, El Señor de los Anillos: El retorno del Rey, El Senor De Los Anillos: Las DOS Torres, El Señor de los Anillos 1: La Comunidad del Anillo, Amanecer (Twilight), Eclipse (Twilight), Luna Nueva (Twilight), Crepúsculo (Twilight), Sinsajo (The Hunger Games), En Llamas (The Hunger Games), Los Juegos del Hambre, El Dador (The Giver), Las Cronicas de Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia), El Gran Gatsby, 1984, Moby Dick, Fahrenheit 451, El senor de los moscas (Lord of the Flies), El Hombre Invisible, Lo Mejor de los Hermanos Grimm, Mata a un ruiseñor (To Kill a Mockingbird), The Harry Potter Series, Puente hasta Terabithia (Bridge to Terabithia), El guardian entre el centeno (Catcher in the Rye), and similar texts.
- Spanish Editions (suggested authors): Paulo Coelho, Eduardo H. Galeano, Jorge Luis Borges, Junot Díaz, Isabel Allende, Esmeralda Santiago, Nina Torres-Vidal, Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros, Pablo Neruda, Julia Alvarez.
Thank you for all that you do for Starfish. With your generous support, we are able to transform the lives of underprivileged Ecuadorian youth!