Accommodation

    Blyde River Canyon Lodge

    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 Ekurhuleni Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s Center serves 300 children from ages 2 through 16 years old.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, 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) General Science, Health, and Math

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

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

    First Aid/Health:
    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, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Gardening Supplies:
    Garden Bio Trash Bags and Gardening Tools

    Project #2

    Zingela Ulwazi establishes libraries in rural South African communities and produces children’s books in indigenous languages. They also connect children with nature to inform their storytelling and to improve conservation practice.

    They collaborate with organizations focused on literacy, conservation, and inspired self-reliance. They want to ensure that this generation of South Africans has access to what they need to be healthy, active, and engaged citizens, creating positive futures.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, and Pens

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

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet

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

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets, Puzzles, and Scrabble

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 23, 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.