A Mission Outreach
In some countries, children don’t have books or school supplies. Many have no schoolrooms, and classes are held in inadequate or half-destroyed buildings, tents, or even the open air. Often students must write down everything the teacher says or records on a board. Their teacher’s knowledge and their own notes are their only textbooks. Grow, Proclaim, Serve! boys and girls have an opportunity to help. They can share school supplies by collecting and assembling UMCOR school kits designed for a variety of ages. For many children, these school kits are their only educational resources.
Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items—nothing more. DO NOT include any personal notes, money, or additional materials in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.
Each kits should contain:
- 1 pair blunt scissors (rounded tip)
- 2 pads (or loose leaf) of 8 1/2” x 11” ruled paper
- 1 30-centimeter ruler
- 1 hand-held pencil sharpener
- 6 unsharpened pencils with erasers
- 1 eraser, 2 1/2”
- 12 sheets of varied colored construction paper
- 1 box of 24 crayons (only 24)
The materials should be placed in a 14” x 16” (finished size) cloth bag with handles and a closure (Velcro®, snap or button). A flier with this list can be downloaded here. A pattern for the bag is available here.
Sharing can mean much more than exchanging toys with a friend. Remind your children that as followers of Jesus, we are called to share with people all over the world. Encourage your children to get involved today!