Why Pack for a Purpose?

Since 2010, Pack for a Purpose travelers have taken over 194,783 kgs (428,522 pounds) of supplies in over 60 countries. Our success is due to our mission to make Packing for a Purpose simple and easy so EVERYONE can choose to participate.

Children have been active participants learning the importance of gratitude, generosity, and impactful travel. PfaP is a perfect way for parents to demonstrate these qualities to their children.

Two brothers, Dan and Jack, from the UK, busker and baked to raise money for supplies to take to Costa Rica.

Two Girl Scouts, Bella and JoJo, from the USA made a Big Impact for students in the Turks & Caicos.

To celebrate their mother’s wedding, two sisters from Canada chose to collect supplies for their mother and her husband to take on their honeymoon to Costa Rica. They involved fellow students at their school and also the wedding guests.

Brothers, Khody and Owen, from Australia collected school supplies for a Zimbabwean primary school by involving their classmates who generously donated items.

After their visit, the family was inspired to send an entire shipping container back to Zimbabwe! They sent supplies for two clinics, shoes for the community, and more school supplies.

Brides and grooms, whether on a destination wedding or on their honeymoon, have chosen to extend the love of their special to the communities where they celebrated. The first PfaP bride and groom, Anne and Alexis Inotay, who were from Germany, were getting married in Tanzania and took medical supplies for the hospital. When returning to Tanzania a second time, they once again Packed for a Purpose for the hospital.

It was a destination weddings for Kimberly Robertson, a doctor, and her husband, Darrell, an architect. Instead of wedding gifts, they requested their guests bring supplies for projects supported by Pack for a Purpose participants. Needless to say, they made a Big Impact on the community in Curacao.

Students around the world also chose to Pack for a Purpose. MIT’s Sloan School of Management Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership of 2012 traveled to South Africa for their capstone trip. 100 MBA students collected over 150 pounds of school supplies for the Borite Primary School supported by Kwa Maritane.

Also in 2012, students from Purdue University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management went on their educational study cruise to Jamaica. Each student brought 3 pounds of needed supplies for the children of Jamaica, totaling to over 100 pounds!

Jess, a former student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, brought supplies on a trip to Fiji. She inspired several RMIT students to Pack for a Purpose.

Even businesses can get their employees involved in Pack for a Purpose. A few businesses Packed for a Purpose on company trips.

Ausure Insurance Brokers’ in Australia held a conference in South Africa in 2014. Participants of the conference collected over 260 kilos of supplies for schoolchildren in South Africa. This lead Ausure’s Chairman, Wayne Brown, to establish the David Paul Foundation, which assists with sporting opportunities for the students of Lynedoch Primary School.

In 2015, Heidrick & Struggles held a meeting at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico. The company collected 93 kilos of school supplies for a local community center, 62 kilos of toys, and 25 kilos of dog supplies for the Playa Animal Rescue.

Pack for a Purpose is a simple and easy way to give back to the communities you visit. Countries are beginning to open their borders. We encourage everyone to choose to bring requested supplies found on our website with them on their trips. Now more ever, community projects around the world will benefit from the supplies brought from Pack for a Purpose travelers. As we always say, a stethoscope ways less than a kilo but can touch ten thousand hearts!

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