Accommodation

    Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

    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

    SOS Children’s Village is a project that assists children that can no longer live with their families. SOS Children’s Village works with communities and state partners to provide children with loving and supportive alternative care.

    They work with children, families, communities and states to prevent family breakdown and ensure that children’s rights are met. Located in Zanzibar, SOS Children’s Villages currently helps 500 children to ensure protection, health care, support and training to those in need.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper

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

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

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

    Text/Reading Books:
    Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Working Laptops

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

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes, and Wire Cutters

    Music Instruments:
    Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

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

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

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

    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, Washing Powder, Pampers (ages 3 months through 2 years)

    Medications:
    Antibiotics, Folic Acid, and Ibuprofen

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of February 8, 2021

    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.

    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.