Christmas 2019 Wish List:

This year, as last, we have decided to give a combination of clothes, plus a small toy or game.

Suggestions for toys are jump ropes, Lego, dexterity and memory games such as Jenga or match cards, large piece puzzles for small kids, creative craft kits, magic sets, and science experiment kits. All gifts are good, but games and activities that spark the imagination or teach a skill are best.

For outfits, the children need good quality practical everyday clothes (t-shirts, shorts, dresses) and swim suits and sun-protection shirts for their swim lessons at the beach every second Saturday.

To buy an outfit or toy, choose from the list of children by gender and age below, and drop it off either at Hekab be between the hours of noon and 6pm Monday to Friday. Or you can drop donations at Turtle Bay Café and at the Akumal Chomak General Store by the arch.

Baby: 1 boy

2 years old: 2 boys

3 years old: 1 boy

4 years old: 1 boy, 1 girl

5 years old: 2 boys, 2 girls

6 years old: 4 girls

7 years old: 1 boy, 1 girl

8 years old: 3 boys, 5 girls

10 years old: 1 boy, 3 girls

11 years old: 1 girl

Thank you for your generosity!

Special Items:

We have some special requests for items from our new director, Kaori, to help with Hekab Be’s educational programs for the children of Akumal:

  • Backpacks and water bottles for summer camp
  • Goalie gloves for playing soccer
  • Play parachute for children
  • Educational books in Spanish aimed at Kindergarten children (dinosaurs, animals, outer space, nutrition etc.)
  • ‘Dress-up’ costumes for make-believe play and for small theater performances
  • Place mats, aprons, and child-friendly silverware for cooking classes
  • Games that the children can play together (e.g. Jenga, memory cards)
  • Lego building materials
  • Seeds and simple (child safe!) tools for gardening classes
  • Fabric to re-cover chairs and couches 

General Supplies:


We always need supplies for our classes and general administration. If you don’t have space in your suitcase, many of these items can be purchased here in Mexico at the many grocery and office supply stores in Playa del Carmen. Items marked with a * are always needed, as they are what we use almost every day)

  • Erasers
  • Children’s scissors
  • Jumbo crayons
  • Washable colored markers
  • Triangular Kindergarten colored pencils
  • Notebooks with thick paper, both blank and lined (designed for young children drawing and learning to write)
  • *All kinds of paint, but especially acrylic
  • *White (PVA) glue (This is always desperately needed!!)
  • *Colored paper
  • *Printer paper (white)
  • Cardboard and construction paper (all colors)
  • *Modeling clay
  • Craft materials
  • Stickers
  • *Educational games
  • Insect repellent (preferably all-natural)
  • *Paint-brushes and art supplies
  • Rulers

Rewards and Small Gifts:

You can also donate items that we gift the children as rewards for attendance and performance. These are supplies that they can use in the public school and in their homes:

  • Small solar-powered calculators
  • *Backpacks
  • *Notebooks and diaries
  • *Coloring books
  • *Pencil cases
  • *Water canteens
  • *Folders
  • Socks
  • Tennis shoes
  • *Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Thank you for your support! We could not continue to provide our free programs for the children and families of Akumal without your help.