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    Help the kids & sea turtles while in Aruba- easy community service!

    Here are several ways you can make a difference while in Aruba. My family has donated and delivered items to the below orphanages while on vacation. My kids were also able to play with the children while we were there. The children are very well cared for and there are many dedicated staff members. I also posted this info. in "Family Vacations".
    For some reason, I was not able to include the direct email addresses for the contacts below. Feel free to contact me if you would like them.

    Here is the contact information for several opportunities to help while visiting Aruba. Part 2 to follow...

    There are 3 "orphanages" on the island. Casa Cuna is for ages 0-8 (currently have 2 babies), Imeldahoff is for 8- teen, and one other is for older teens. Children are placed there by the state because they cannot live at home anymore (physical or sexual abuse or drug use by parents). These facilities work with the parents as well in the hopes that the children can return to their homes.

    Imeldahoff (we visited last summer) and Casa Cuna were spotless, spacious and well staffed by people with very big hearts. Casa Cuna has a nice playground and a pool. Imeldahoff has a playground and a small gymnasium. Many of the children go with foster parents on the weekend for a sense of normalcy. They also participate in field trips and community activities. Casa Cuna is near the airport (about 15 min. from Palm Beach) and Imeldahoff is close to Palm Beach. They are happy for donations - monetary or toys/supplies (diapers, etc.) and visitors. If you write to them, they can tell you what is needed.

    We delivered toys to Casa Cuna a few days ago but were unable to see the kids because they were napping. So, make sure to ask what their nap schedule is before you go. We spent time with Corina and she shared a lot of information with us. She is amazing!

    We have seen 3 toys stores on the island- Top1Toys is on the main road - L G Smith Blvd -right side headed to the resorts and is VERY expensive. Their toys are high quality and they gave us a 10% discount. We then saw Toys4Us (not ToysRUs) in downtown Oranjestad and a large sign on LG Smith Blvd. for another toy store near the Hong King grocery store.

    Imeldahoff


    Casa Cuna,
    Corina Linssen ,Directeur

    Tel: 00297-5857177
    Fax: 00297- 5853010

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    Thank you for this very valuable information and welcome to the forum

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    Help the kids and sea turtles- easy community service! Part 2

    Here are 2 more groups that you could (visit) and help with donations of money, items needed or time. I have posted this in Family Vacation as well. Again, I could not include the direct email addresses for the contacts below. Feel free to contact me.

    FUNDACION PAPIEMENTE

    This is from an email that I received last year...

    "We're a very small foundation (4 members) that's not funded by our Government (yet), operating on volunteer basis only,with local sponsoring. And we would really appreciate all the help we can get. Because the children in Aruba speak Papiamento (native language), we try to publish three new children's books in their native language each year, so they can read and relate to the characters, identify themselves with the stories. In Aruba we have a Dutch school system, so the children have to learn in a foreign language, which is okay, but over the years there's a gap,because of the lack of literature in their own language. Aruban kids read books about winters and forests, while living on a tropical island - the difficulty to imagine situations in several stories makes it hard for anyone to relate to the content and enjoy a book.The pleasure of reading starts early on, with books about your own world and in your own language, at home, and together with mom and dad. Our foundation is building a new generation of book lovers, we're trying to bring families closer together so they can discover this experience. During our workshops we would love to have puppets to work with, anything related to storytelling would be more than welcome. Books are wonderful, in any language, but for our purpose it won't fit, except if the books are without text and with universal themes

    Liliana & team..
    Fundacion Papiamente
    Seroe Pita 7-A
    Tel. 585-9575
    Cel. 5928743



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    TURTUGARUBA - extremely nice husband and wife team; call the hotline and they will tell you where and when to go...magical to watch the sea turtles hatching!

    "Thank you for your interest in the sea turtles.Sea turtles do nest on Aruba in very small numbers. There are no scheduled turtle walks. At the West coast , where the majority of the touristic coastal development has taken place Leatherback sea turtles still come and nest on the sandy beaches (Eagle Beach and Arashi; March-July). Nests are well-marked and protected during incubation (60-70 daysMid July the nesting will probably be finished. The hatching just started last week. To observe the hatching is a free public attraction. Volunteers of Turtugaruba are helping to inform the crowd. After dusk disorientation by artificial lights is a serious threats which we try to handle with protective measurements. If in doubt which nests are ready and hot to go you can call the turtle hotline tel nr. 5929393 is posted on every nest sign.

    Richard van der Wal

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    Wonderful.

    Welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

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    To help the orphanage- kids ages birth to 8
    Casa Cuna,
    Corina Linssen ,Directeur
    casacuna@setarnet.aw

    Tel: 00297-5857177
    Fax: 00297- 5853010

    To help the orphanage- kids ages 8- teen

    Imeldahoff

    imeldahofaruba@setarnet.aw


    To help the small, private foundation that promotes reading-
    Liliana & team..
    Fundacion Papiamente

    www.fundacionpapiamente.com


    To donate, volunteer or watch the sea turtles hatch-

    Richard van der Wal

    turtugaruba@hotmail.com

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    To help the orphanage- kids ages birth to 8
    Casa Cuna,
    Corina Linssen ,Directeur
    casacuna@setarnet.aw

    Tel: 00297-5857177
    Fax: 00297- 5853010

    To help the orphanage- kids ages 8- teen

    Imeldahoff

    imeldahofaruba@setarnet.aw


    To help the small, private foundation that promotes reading-
    Liliana & team..
    Fundacion Papiamente

    www.fundacionpapiamente.com


    To donate, volunteer or watch the sea turtles hatch-

    Richard van der Wal

    turtugaruba@hotmail.com

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