Tour Company

    Natural World Kenya Safaris Ltd

    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 Boresha Maisha ya Mtoto Mkenya Children Home is approximately 55kms (app. 35 miles) away from Nairobi city in Kiambu County. The home has a population of 62 children (boys and Girls) from ages 5 through 14 years old who come from poor backgrounds and are orphans. A majority of the children are girls.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers

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

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Puzzles and Scrabble

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Sewing Needles, and Thread

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Inflation Pumps, Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

    First Aid:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves

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

    Linens:
    Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Pans, Plastic serving bowls, Plastic serving cups, Plastic serving plates, Pots, Serving spoons, and Spatulas

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Medications:
    Antibiotics, Folic Acid, Ibuprofen, Malaria Treatment (Coartem), and Oral Rehydration Salts

    Gardening:
    Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel

    Project #2

    Mwamunga Primary School is a public mixed school located in Voi town in Taita Taveta County. The school serves 1256 children from ages 7 through 16 years old. Most of these children, if not all, come from very humble background. Many of their parents are laborers and have low incomes, so many lack access to basic items.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights

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

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

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

    First Aid/Health:
    Sanitary Napkins and Tampons

    Office Supplies:
    Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, and Scissors

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

    Project #3

    Nairrataat is a mixed public primary/Nursary school located in Emali town in Kajiando County. The school serves 400 children from ages 7 through 15 years old. Most of these pupils come from a very humble background and most of them do with one meal a day. Their parents are low income earners and survive below one dollar per day.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers

    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:
    Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

    First Aid/Health:
    Sanitary Napkins and Tampons

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, and Solar Calculators

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

    Gardening:
    Books about Gardening

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 25, 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.