Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers

    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.


    Soweto Backpackers Youth Club offers the children in our area with a meaningful way to spend spare time after school and on weekends. In our park, right in front of the Backpackers, the children can play in a green and safe area where they can express and enjoy themselves. We offer soccer skills training, art and fun hours, educational field trips, Saturday school, and reading sessions.


    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Crayons, Erasers, and Pencils

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

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

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Cones, Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Soccer Boots (UK sizes 1 through 8), Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

    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.