Trish Buhler, manager of Ten Thousand Villages Langley, is collecting school kits for less fortunate kids in Canada and developing countries. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Ten Thousand Villages collects school supplies for children in need

School kits will be shipped to students in developing countries around the world

Although the days are still long, and the temperatures still hot, it’s already back to school time at Ten Thousand Villages.

For the 14th year in a row, the fair trade store — located on the one-way section of Fraser Highway — is collecting school supplies for children in need around the world.

Partnering with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the kits are distributed to Bosnia, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Liberia, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine, as well as underfunded schools in Canada and the United States.

“Even if schooling is free in a lot of countries, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the parents have money to supply the kids for school,” said Trish Buhler, manager of Ten Thousand Villages Langley.

“So having an opportunity to get those supplies free of charge makes it available for kids who normally wouldn’t have that.”

The kits collected in Langley are shipped in hand-sewn fabric bags to the MCC Centre in Abbotsford.

Those who donate are asked to limit their generosity to the supplies listed, to ensure each child receives the same kit.

Each kit contains the following new items:

  • Four spiral or perforated notebooks (140 to 160 pages);
  • Eight unsharpened pencils;
  • One ruler indicating both 30 centimetres and 12 inches;
  • Twelve coloured pencils in packaging;
  • And one large pencil eraser.

Supplies will be collected until the end of September.

For more information, go to or call Ten Thousand Villages at 604-534-3868.


The Ten Thousand Villages Langley store is collecting school kits until the end of September. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times.