School Kits

Learn more about how you can help communities by supplying them with basic school essentials.

Provide School Supplies to Children in Need

Can you imagine going to school without a pencil or a notebook? Well, in most of the countries where IOCC works, there are children who do not have even these basic school supplies. Church World Service (CWS), a longtime partner of IOCC, makes it possible to send school kits to needy children through its service kits program.

By putting together a CWS service kit, you can give a less fortunate child the tools needed to do well in school. CWS collects the kits at a warehouse facility, prepares them for shipment and works together with IOCC and other partners to make sure these kits reach children in need.

What Goes in a School Kit

Please carefully follow instructions below (download packing list):

  1. Buy a 12" by 14" to 14" x 17" cotton or lightweight canvas bag with cloth handles (please, no reusable shopping bags or backpacks) and fill it with the following items:
    • One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
    • Three 70-count spiral or tape-bound notebooks of 8" x 10-1/2" ruled paper totaling 200-210 sheets. Please do not provide loose-leaf or filler paper.
    • One 30-centimeter ruler (12")
    • One hand-held pencil sharpener
    • Six new pencils with erasers
    • One large eraser, 2-1/2"
    • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
  2. Secure kits in a box and download the IOCC Emergency Kits Coupon to fill out and include on the outside of each one.
  3. It will cost about $2-$3 per kit to cover the cost of shipping to the warehouse. Mail all kits to:
    USPS Shipments FedEx or UPS Shipments
    IOCC/Church World Service
    Brethren Service Center Annex
    601 Main Street
    PO Box 188
    New Windsor, MD 21776
    IOCC/Church World Service
    Brethren Service Center Annex
    601 Main Street
    New Windsor, MD 21776
    Click here for our Emergency Kits Frequently-Asked Questions