Cape Splendour Tours & Safaris

If space is limited and the items you wish to provide are bulky (like diapers or sugar), please contact Julie with Cape Splendour Tours & Safaris ( She would be more than happy to purchase the items for you so that you can deliver them during your stay in Cape Town. Cape Splendour Tours & Safaris would need to do this by prior arrangement.
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.


Rainbow of Hope is a place of safety for abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Africa in the Western Cape. We were established in 2007 and attained NPO status in 2009, and PBO status in 2011. Catering for the age group birth to 6 was our first vision, but, due to a Provincial need, it was decided to increase the age to 18 years and also Assisted/Independent Living for those who wish to stay on. Every child who enters through the doors of Rainbow House has the unique opportunity of creating a future for him/herself! The children receive holistic care by way of art, music, swimming, martial arts and counseling.

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


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, *Stationery, and Wide-Ruled Paper

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries

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

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

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and Working Laptops,

Educational Games/Toys:
Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble

Art Supplies:
Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

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

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

New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

Non-Perishable Food Items:
Long Life Milk, Oats, Potatoes, Vegetables (Canned), and Water

Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Cheese, Eggs, Long Life Milk, Mayonaise, Oats, Polony, Potatoes, Vegetables, and Water

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


Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of April 3, 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.