Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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SCORES OF CHILDREN will be returning to school armed with stationery supplied through the international programme Pack for a Purpose (PfaP).

That online programme encourages travellers to pack at least five pounds (2.27 kilos) of school supplies in their luggage to give to children in need.

Their goal is “to positively impact communities around the world by assisting travellers who want to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit”.

The major recipient here of PfaP is Variety, the Children’s Charity. To date this year, they have received about a dozen deliveries, from tote bags to carry-ons full of stationery.

Donnah Russell, executive director of Variety, explained that PfaP works here with the cooperation of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, of which the charity is a member.

She said Little Arches and Sea U Guest House are two hotels participating in the scheme so far, with Yellow Bird and Butterfly Beach Hotel expected to sign on soon.

The stationery Variety has received so far includes pens, pencils, crayons, geometry sets, markers, rulers, erasers, dictionaries, notebooks, folders and more.

Russell said much of these will be distributed to the 282 students from the 195 families who have been identified as needing assistance this year, along with uniforms, shoes, socks and bags.

This represents 84 more children than last year when they helped 198 children from 118 families.

She pointed out this was just one project Variety was doing.

The charity also has the Caring for Kids programme which supplies hospital care, services and equipment; Freedom for Kids programme, which provides mobility devices, communication and the Sunshine Coaches for transportation; and the Future Kids programme, which works with the special need units in primary schools to fill the shortfall for stationery, teaching aids and computer equipment.


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