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Seventy children in the greater Paramaribo area have received school supplies from Maroon Institute Sabanapeti. The foundation, located in the Netherlands, has made it an annual tradition to send school bags stuffed with class room essentials to Suriname children in need. Each bag contains notebooks, pens and pencils, a ruler, an eraser and a sharpener. High school kids also receive a calculator and compass.
The goods were shipped to Suriname from a Dutch port on July 30th of this year, and will be distributed in and around Paramaribo as of Friday 19th of August.
Sabanapeti relies on donations to make this yearly event possible. This year, notable donations were made by the company Koks Gesto from Ochten and Fytotheek Pakosie from Utrecht (both in the Netherlands).
Maroon Institute Sabanapeti was founded over twenty years ago by André R.M. Pakosie. He is also the kabiten (chief)of the Ndyuka Maroons in the Netherlands.
More about Maroon Institute Sabanapeti can be found on its website (Maroons-Suriname.com)