CWS School Kits

Kits: Children in the Dominican Republic
Children in the Dominican Republic using their CWS School Kits that were distributed through SSID Social Service of the Dominican Churches/Servicio Social de Iglesias Dominicanas. Photo: CWS

School Kits give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning.

To assemble a School Kit you will need:

  • One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
  • Three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
  • One 30-centimeter ruler (12")
  • One hand-held pencil sharpener
  • One large eraser
  • Six new pencils with erasers
  • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
  • One 12" x 14" to 14" x 17" finished size cotton or lightweight canvas bag with cloth handles. (Please, no reusable shopping bags or backpacks.)

School bag pattern

Pack all items inside the cloth bag.

School Kit value: $15
Processing/Shipping Cost: $2 per Kit

Packing and Shipping Kits

  • Pack CWS Kits in boxes with only one type of Kit in each box.
  • Complete this Kits Coupon and enclose a copy in the top of each box before sealing.
  • Clearly indicate the type of Kit on the outside of the box.
  • Secure the boxes with packing tape.
  • Provide a return address on the box.
  • Ship all Kits prepaid to:
    CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
    Brethren Service Center Annex
    601 Main Street
    P.O. Box 188
    New Windsor, MD 21776-0188
    (Please include both the PO box and the street address on boxes.)

Some states in the east have dropoff points.  Check here for current listing.

For individuals, churches, and groups west of the Mississippi River, CWS Kits may also be sent to:

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
Ferncliff Disaster Assistance Center
1720 Ferncliff Road
Little Rock, AR 72223

Funds for Processing/Shipping and Purchasing Kits

Funds are needed to cover sorting, packing, and insurance, as well as shipping Kits to their final destination. Please give at least $2 for each School Kit you send. Cash donations in lieu of assembled Kits also help us to provide much-needed supplies.

Send your check or money order payable to Church World Service with the coupon to:

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515

Questions? Call 800-297-1516