Accommodation

    Imbali Safari 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

    The Mirantha Youth Development Project empowers the youth of our local communities through life skills programs. The Mirantha Youth Development Project is a registered non-profit organisation that cares for, and educates, neglected orphans and vulnerable youth, “the forgotten children” in the town of Acornhoek, Mpumalanga. The Project is run by Happiness Lubisi, a champion social worker, who currently supports more than 80 orphans and vulnerable youth from the ages 6 through 16 years old in her community, offering them food, clothes, and emotional relief.

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

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    *Book Bags, *Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, *Crayons, *Erasers, *Glue Sticks, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Markers, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, *Protractors, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, and *Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    Age Appropriate Encyclopedia on CDs and Dictionaries

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

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Solar-Powered Working Laptops with Charger, Tablets with Charger, and Working Laptops with Charger

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Baby Toys, Chess Sets, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Music Instruments:
    Cymbals, Drums, Recorders, Triangles, and Xylophones

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    Linens:
    *Bath Towels, *Bed Linens, *Light Blankets, *Linen Sets, *Mosquito Nets, and *Pillows

    Kitchen:
    Baby Bottles and Spoons, Bowls, Dish Soap, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

    Non-Perishable Food Items:
    Canned Beans, Corn, and Peas

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    *Antibiotic Ointments, *Band-Aids, *Bibs, *Bars of Soap, *Combs, *Deodorant, *Diapers, *Face Cloths and Masks, *Hand Cream, *Multivitamin Tablets, *Sanitary *Napkins, *Shampoos, *Tampons, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Vaseline, and *Washing Powder

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of October 24, 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.