Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

    Project #1

    Kikomo Health Centre Grade 3 is located in Nyabwensheya sub-county in Kisoro district and neighbours Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Health centre serves 2000 beneficiaries in 26 villages. The Health Centre has about 18 staff, led by a senior clinical officer, who runs a general outpatient clinic, laboratory, and a maternity ward.

    The centre lacks basic necessities and due to the high population, supply of medical services is limited. Outreach programs to the communities are limited by transport and train. The nearest hospital is in Kisoro 36kms away – the journey takes 2hrs and there is a lack of ambulances in case of emergencies. The local community does have their own local ambulance system — a local basket that they use to carry patients to Kisoro Hospital and will often do this on foot. With Pack for Purpose, we hope to help the centre to have the basic health care requirements. This will enable them to provide the much needed first aid to patients visiting this Centre and clients that may need treatment when in Nkuringo.

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


    General Medical:
    Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Cannulas, *First Aid Kits, Gauze, Ice/Cold Packs, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Thermometers (Digital), Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Tweezers

    Specialist Equipment:
    Pediatric Laryngoscope and *Stethoscope

    *Dressings, Needle Holders, *Surgical Gloves, and Swabs

    Testing Kits:
    Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Combs, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, and Toothbrushes

    Alcohol Gel, Burn Cream, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, and Vitamins

    Specifically for Children:
    *Baby Blankets and Clothing, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cloth Diapers and Clips, *Hats (for Premature Babies), Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales

    Reference Materials:
    (English) *Medical Dictionary, *Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and *WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (English) A Book for Midwives, Helping Health Workers Learn, and HIV Health and Your Community

    *Bed Linens, *Pillows, and *Towels

    Office Supplies:
    Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

    Support Equipment:
    *Small Solar Panels and *Solar Lantern Lights

    Project #2

    Nkuringo Vocational Secondary School is located on Nteko Ridge, Kisoro, in southern Uganda. The school was developed to provide easy access and O level education to 100 bright underprivileged students from the ages of 13 through 18 years old.

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


    General School Supplies:
    *Book Bags, *Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Compasses, *Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, and *Wide-Ruled Paper

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

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

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets and Scrabble

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    *Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, and *Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, *Pencils, *Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

    Bowls, *Plastic Serving Cups and Plates, Pots, and Serving Spoons

    Hand Fork, Spades, and Trowel

    Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally: Beans, Maize Meal, Meats, Rice, and Vegetables

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, *Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 25, 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.