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    Zarafa Camp

    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 the items locally contact us at


    Great Plains Conservation supports approximately 450 children ages 5 to 13. Conservation education provides a way to engage youth with the natural world at a pivotal time in their lives. Great Plains’ Student Conservation Camps are one of the longest running programs of our Foundation. Since the program began more than ten years ago, we have reached hundreds of students (and teachers) both in their communities and schools, and in Great Plains camps with environmental and conservation education.

    In Botswana, our Conservation Education programs and kids’ camps are carried out in partnership with schools in five rural communities, north of the Okavango Delta, that are part of the Okavango Community Trust (OCT) the villages of Seronga, Eretsha, Gudigwa, Beetsha and Gunutsoga.

    In addition to conservation education, the Great Plains Foundation supports a range of other school needs including school supplies, teachers’ salaries and school feeding programs in the countries where we operate safari camps. The needs list below reflect items that are used in our annual kids’ camp activities in Botswana as well as items requested by the schools in the five OCT communities that we partner with.

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


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    English Dictionaries

    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, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    *Non-Sneaker Black School Shoes for Children Ages 5 to 13

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

    First Aid/Health:
    Sanitary Napkins

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Scissors

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 29, 2023
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
    Zarafa Camp

    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.