Accommodation

Matetsi Victoria Falls

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

Greenline Africa Trust is an incredible organisation that is working tirelessly to positively impact the communities in Northern Matabeleland, with a particular focus on environmental issues as they pertain to our communities and also on efforts that support women and children in the rural villages. Their “GoGo Packs” project supports grandmothers, “Gogos”, in the villages who look after orphaned and vulnerable children. These ladies have very little themselves, and yet they open homes to these children in need.

Needs

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

Educational Games/Toys:
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Art Supplies:
Crochet Needles, Items for Sewing, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, and Wool,

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Netball/Basketballs and Soccer Balls

First Aid:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, General First Aid Kit Items, and Plastic Gloves

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

Linens:
Bath Towels, Light Blankets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Beans, Cooking Oil, Peanut Butter, Roller Meal, Salt, Soya, Salt, and Tea

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Laundry Bar (Can Be Purchased Locally), Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Project #2

Mummy’s Angels Zimbabwe helps mothers and babies in need by distributing secondhand donations. They distribute baby supplies in the form of hampers to help mothers in need at Victoria Falls Hospital and others who have nothing at all. The hospitals let Mummy’s Angels Zimbabwe know when they receive mothers in need, who then oversee all deliveries ensuring the items get to the person they are intended for. As support for Mummy’s Angels Zimbabwe grows, so does their reach throughout the communities.

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

Needs

Health/Personal Grooming:
Aqueous Cream, Baby Bum Cream, Baby Wipes, Bars of Soap, Combs, Maternity Pads, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Medications:
Folic Acid, Vitamins, General Items for Infant First Aid Kits, and Zinc Tablets

Specifically for Children:
Baby Bags, *Baby Blankets and Clothes (Any Age), Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, *Cloth Diapers and Clips, Hats (for Premature Babies), *Infant Formula Milk (Seal Intact), and *Newborn Clothes

Linens:
Face Cloths and Towels

Support Equipment:
Solar Lantern Lights

Project #3

The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of our local wildlife and natural resources. They protect one of the most beautiful environments on earth, with unspoilt expanses of wilderness and abundant wildlife. VFAPU focuses on alleviating the poacher pressure (subsistence and commercial) that affects both wildlife and habitat, as well rescuing and rehabilitate animals injured by human interference. Pack for a Purpose contributions support the anti-poaching scouts, who, since the unit’s establishment, have removed 22,000 wire snares, arrested 683 hardened poachers, and saved 179 mammals injured through snaring and then released them back into the wild.

Needs

Camping Supplies:
Camping Cutlery, Duffel Bags, Mosquito Nets, Mosquito Repellent, Roll Mats, Sleeping Bags, Small Cooking Pots, and Water Bottles

Field Devices:
Batteries of All Sizes, Binoculars, Digital Camera (Small) with Memory Stick, GPS (Handheld), Mobile Phones (Old), and Torches/Flashlights

Medications:
Antiseptic Ointment/Powder, Band-Aids, Bandages for Wounds/Plasters, Injectable Antibiotic (Long-Lasting and Broad-Spectrum), and Wash or Creams

Vet Supplies for Large Animal Wounds: Vet Supplies for Larger Animal Wounds

Clothing:
Boots, Bush Hats, Hiking Boots, New or Gently Used Sneakers/Trainers, and Socks

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of October 17, 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.