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    Many of the supplies on the needs list can be purchased locally at supermarkets, and they are not expensive. We would be more than happy to purchase the items for you so that you can deliver them during your stay in Cape Town.

    To arrange a tour or parcel drop off please visit awoltours.co.za. And we will deliver them to Masicorp who will distribute them to those in need on your behalf. If space is limited and the items you wish to provide are bulky (like diapers or sugar), please contact AWOL Tours by email info@awoltours.co.za.

    AWOL Tours offers bicycle township tours in the Masiphumelele community where you can visit a creche as part of the Masicorp early learning centers and personally deliver your donated items.

    Alternatively, “Pack for a Purpose” participants can take items to our conveniently located office at Battery Park in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town City.


    Masicorp works for the struggling township community of Masiphumelele, Cape Town and its various education and skills development programs benefit over 4000 people each year.

    With three bustling pre-school centers caring, educating and feeding over 350 children each day, Masicorp also provides support to informal creches in the community, raises the standard of early childhood education in Masiphumelele, and creates a strong foundation for future learning for another 250 children under six years of age.

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


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

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

    Black School Shoes, New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes, and Sports Shoes

    Non-Perishable Food Items:
    *Oats, *Rice, *Maizemeal, *Long Life Milk, *Canned Fish, and *Vegetables

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Vaseline

    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 .
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    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.