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

    Pumulani recently launched the Cape Maclear Albino Project in the Monkey Bay and Cape Maclear areas to assist the albino children, who in the past have received very little support. The children face massive challenges in these poor communities, and something as simple as sunscreen and protective clothing will makes life more comfortable for them. We have already seen a massive improvement in their skin condition over the last few months since we have started assisting them.

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


    General School Supplies:
    Solar Lantern Lights

    *New UV-resistant Clothing and New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    *SPF 50 Sunscreen and *Lip Balm

    Project #2

    Luwi Junior School is a community-run school in Kasanka Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi. Its 2 classrooms provide an education to over 600 children from the fishing villages of Mbeya, Mtewa and Kasanka.

    The local Chiefs and Pumulani Lodge have set up a Luwi School Development Fund to help this impoverished local school develop its facilities and resources over time through tourism. Guests to Pumulani Lodge can visit the school with a member of the local community to see where their donation of resources is being used and to meet the children and teachers.


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Mosquito Nets

    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.