Accommodation

    Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

    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

    One of our areas of focus is education, especially early childhood education. We are now finishing up construction of our 12th preschool build which will benefit children from a few months old up to age 5. We also support primary and high schools in the nearby communities.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Scientific Calculators, and Solar Calculators

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

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

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English) Colors, Human Body, Language, Math, Numbers, Science, Shapes, and World Maps

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Educational Software

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Plastic Building Blocks, Playdough, Puzzles, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Toys/games that Develop Fine Motor Skills

    Music Instruments:
    Cymbals, Flutes, Ocarinas, Rattles, Small Percussion Instruments, Triangles, and Xylophones

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

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    Project #2

    We have 2 literacy centers/libraries in the nearby communities. One of them is at Mawewe High School, and the other is at Mahlahluvana Primary School. Both centers have laptops, a variety of books, and a knowledgeable staff member to assist others. These centers are accessible to all students as well as members of the community.

    Needs

    Books:
    Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction (‘How-To Books’; Biographies; Books to Inspire, Educate, Open Minds, Help with Enterprise Development, etc.), Arts and Recreation, Children’s Storybooks, Computer Science and Information, Early Childhood Development, General Works, History and Geography, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Literature, Science, Social Sciences, Technology, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction

    Reference Materials:
    2016 Atlases, Dictionaries, 2016 Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD, and Thesauruses

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Educational Software

    Project #3

    We support two houses for 12 orphaned children as well as the Tisanani Batswari Disabled Center, which cares for 23 individuals with various physical and mental disabilities.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Notebooks, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers

    Art Supplies:
    Beads for Bead Work, Felt, Glue, Paper, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Scissors

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s and Adult Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

    Linens:
    Bed Sheets, Light Blankets, and Pillow Cases

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups and Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Multivitamin Tablets, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

    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.