PURE Award for Community Engagement 2015
Tour Company

Wilderness Safaris Private Journeys

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.


Iliso Care Society is situated in Site C in the township of Khayelitsha. ICS was initiated by Mrs. Vivian Zilo in June of 2005. With the help of four other women, she began providing services to her community

The society started out as a soup kitchen, but expanded to include helping schoolchildren and providing safety and care for orphans and vulnerable children.

Further, the society also organizes workshops for youth and a safe home program.

In addition, an orphanage was established which accommodates four to five children from impoverished families who ask Vivian for support. An early child development teacher educates and cares for the children.

Children are housed for a few months and then sent to foster homes if possible.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

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

Educational Games/Toys:
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

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

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

Aprons for Kitchen and Painting, Hats for Gardening, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes (We are specifically requesting The Shoe That Grows), and New Underwear

Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows

Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, and Plastic Serving Plates

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

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of October 13, 2019

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.