Accommodation

    Chobe Elephant Camp

    If you live in the USA, and would like to take a suitcase of medical supplies selected specifically for the medical project below, please contact oc@njt.net. We are pleased to partner with OC Not Just Tourists to provide useful and requested medical supplies for clinics and hospitals across the globe. Your only expense will be the cost of shipping from California to your residence in the USA. If you choose to do this, you will make a Big Impact!
    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    Project #1

    The Medical Help Project is a mobile clinic which works with the general hospital in Maun (Letsholathebe) to come on a monthly basis to check on the health of community members, as well as, staff members. Most of the community cannot afford to travel or are too old, or too sick to travel the six hour round trip to the hospital every month to receive their I.E BP medications. This project helps the community in a huge way.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

    Needs

    General Medical:
    Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) -Digital, First Aid Kits, Gauze, Giving Sets, Hot Packs, Ice/Cold Packs, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Sanitary Napkins, Thermometers (Digital), Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

    Testing Kits:
    Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’-Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent), and Pregnancy Testing Kits

    Specifically for Children:
    *Baby Blankets, *Baby Oil, *Baby Powder, *Baby Soap, *Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), *Cloth Diapers and Clips, *Foepostoscope (Fetoscope), *Hats (for Premature Babies), *Infant Formula Milk (Seal Intact), and *Newborn Clothes (Very Useful)

    Linens:
    Bed Linens, Pillows, and Towels

    Support Equipment:
    Solar Lantern Lights

    Project #2

    Bana Ba Letsatsi is a home away from home for children, helping children who either have no parents, or children whose parents are sick or cannot support them. This project feeds, clothes, teaches, and takes care of the children. We are proud to be able to support and work with Bana Ba Letsatsi

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    *Book Bags, *Colored Pencils, *Crayons, *Erasers, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Markers, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, and *Solar Lantern Lights

    Reference Materials:
    (English) *Dictionaries and *Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    (English) *Alphabet, *Math, and *Word

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) *Age Appropriate Story Books and *Heath

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Connect Four, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Puzzles

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

    Clothing/Shoes:
    *New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    Kitchen:
    Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates

    Project #3

    The Bush Ways foundation Funds the Khwai Gunners which is Soccer team made out of young men from Khwai, Maun, Sankuyo. These are men who want to better themselves and maybe one day go far in the sports area (professional soccer) as well make a positive influence in the younger generation. They have so far won the second division premier league and we hope to continue offering our support in order for them to go even further.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

    Needs

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Health

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Jump Ropes, *Soccer Balls, *Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Whistles

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Deodorant, and Multivitamin Tablets

    Project #4

    One of our latest projects is the development and continuous support of a preschool in the Kavimba Village, close to Chobe Elephant Camp. A retired and passionate teacher, named Caroline, is operating her own little preschool underneath a beautiful shady tree in her own backyard in the Kavimba Village. She is teaching more than 30 kids ages 2 through 6 years old with the deep believe that education is the most important thing to give to the young children of this area. Further she is also a day mother for some of them, since they are orphans. When Bush Ways first visited Caroline, we were impressed by her passion and her care for her pupils. It was just great to see how much fun these kids had while practicing writing and reading. To improve the situation and to provide a solid ground for education, Bush Ways, with the help of its supporters, is now aiming to build a preschool for Caroline and her kids and also provide her with all the hardware a school needs to operate on a long-term basis.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Rulers

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Language, Math, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Tablets

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Music Instruments:
    Maracas, Tambourines, and Triangles

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, and Serving Spoons

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 18, 2020

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.