Bristol Cottages

    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.


    Make A Difference Now (MAD) is a non-governmental 501(c)(3) organization operating in Kilimanjaro-Tanzania, Africa, serving 22 children from ages 13 through 24 years old. All children are currently in different grades ranging from grades 8 through 13, grade 13 being equivalent to grade 12 (U.S). MAD supports these orphaned and vulnerable children by providing them with quality educational opportunities by sending them to the best private schools, paying for school fees, providing school textbooks, providing school supplies, offering sports therapy programs, clothing and personal items. By the mid of 2016, some students will join college and University.

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


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Compasses, Counter Books, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Atlases and Dictionaries

    Text/Reading Books:
    Arts Purchased Locally in Tanzania (in English),
    Language/Grammar bookd, and Grade 8 through 13 Science

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Mobile Phones, Printer Cartridges (HP 121 & 122 Black and Colored), and *Working Laptops

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

    First Aid:
    Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

    *Black leather School Shoes, New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

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

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Antibiotics, Folic Acid, and Ibuprofen

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of October 20, 2021
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    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.