Mary Ellis’s Story

As a former Girl Scout Leader and community volunteer from Scarsdale, New York, I am inspired and aware of the needs of others, especially when it is easy to help.  I am living in Dubai, UAE now and had the opportunity to visit Kenya recently.  I was there before and knew how needy the schools... Continue reading

A Helping Hand for Hananani Primary School

At Pack for a Purpose, we always love to hear how the supplies travelers donate are making a difference for communities around the world. Read below how Pack for a Purpose travelers to Arathusa Safari Lodge in South Africa are making a Big Impact at the Hananani Primary School.  Many of you may have heard of Pack for... Continue reading

Family’s Trip to Africa Inspires Commitment to Pack for a Purpose Again

When my family and I started planning a trip to Africa, we scoured all of these travel blogs and found out a lot of people bring small things to share with the children they meet. We loved the idea and kept a running list of what they mentioned—chocolates, balloons, pencils—but found out candy isn’t a... Continue reading

Newlyweds Make Honeymoon More Meaningful

Last September, my now husband AJ and I got engaged and were married 10 months later on a beautiful mountain in Vermont. While it was an amazing and beautiful day, it didn’t come without months of stressful wedding planning. Since we wanted a cultural, unique honeymoon experience, we decided to use a travel agent to... Continue reading

Nancy’s Story

I’ve been a fan of PfaP for some time and try to take requested supplies whenever I go to Africa on safari. This time I was thrilled to see that Ol Donyo was requesting supplies for the anti-poaching rhino rangers. I took 96 batteries, 3 “torches” (aka flashlights) and a used Nikon CoolPix camera (along... Continue reading

Tanya’s Story

We have been ‘Packing for a Purpose’ accidentally for a few years now. We have always be against giving sweets or toys directly to street children so on previous trip to India, we have taken pens, soaps and shampoos to distribute to the children we met and we also raised money before one trip for... Continue reading

Donna & Doug Hibbard’s Story

  This was going to be our second trip to South Africa and we wanted to give back something after having such an amazing adventure the first time.  So, I started to do some research and came across Pack for a Purpose which works with the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) who we had visited... Continue reading

Helen’s Story

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa and we wanted to do something positive whilst visiting. We asked the agents we travelled with, Central African Wilderness Safaris, to include a couple of schools they support in our itinerary. We were there for the month of September, but as the new school term didn’t... Continue reading

Rakhie Rosiek’s Story

Freddy Gomes the participant from Mindelo Apartments on Cape Verde Islands helped us connect with Ari who runs the project they support, Xplicaçao de Ari. I felt very blessed my children and I had the opportunity to meet the children he helps. Ari is an amazing person. He helps children with extra lessons for free.... Continue reading