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    Kubu Lodge

    If you are choosing to Pack for a Purpose and bring supplies for the projects listed on this page, it is essential that you contact your tour provider or safari camp. They can provide you with the important changes to the customs regulations currently in place in Botswana. These changes may impact your donation process. At Pack for a Purpose, we want to ensure that your experience is as pleasant as possible, as we are grateful for your generous hearts and the desire to give back to the communities you visit.

    Many of the supplies on the needs list can be purchased locally, and they are not expensive. If you would like to buy items locally instead please contact us at reservations@kubulodge.net to check with us what is available locally.


    Kazungula Children’s Ark Support Group was started in 2005 to establish a safe and loving environment for around 60 children in Kazungula Village from ages 2 and a half through 6 years old. Children can come learn, play, and feed in a structured and healthy environment. The children follow a learning program that prepares them for Big School when they turn 7 years old. The children’s health is also monitored and measured at a local clinic. The Support Group also has a small library and Youth Centre for children from ages 7 through 15 years old.

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


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and *Stationery Supplies

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

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

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

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books and Books for Children and Teens from Ages 2 Through 15

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Tablets and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Puzzles

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

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, *New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes for Children Ages 2 through 6, and New Underwear

    Bath Towels and Light Blankets

    Bowls, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Any Kitchen Cutlery and Crockery

    Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
    Meat, Maize Meal, Mabele, Tinned Foods, Milk Powder, Juice Mix, Bread, and Cereals

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Plastic Gloves, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Paints

    Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Spades, and Trowel

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
    Kubu Lodge

    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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    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.