Accommodation

    Ant’s Nest & Ant’s Hill

    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

    African Community Outreach supports hundreds of families, visiting with them in their homes, providing food, providing medical care, and helping to get children into schools.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Crayons, Erasers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Jump Ropes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Gauze

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

    Linens:
    Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Face Towels

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

    Project #2

    The Fold has been registered as a private hostel. We currently help 23 children to have a better life and a better education. We have built our own private school to provide a better education for our children. We are located in the Waterberg Mountains in a very rural area. The children who we work with are orphans, have been abandoned, or live in abject poverty.

    Needs

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

    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

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Tablets and Working Laptops

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Glue and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, and Jump ropes

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

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New Underwear

    Linens:
    Plastic Mattress Protector (Twin Size)

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Multivitamin Tablets, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

    Medications:
    Ibuprofen

    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.