Accommodation

    Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Acacia & Somalisa Expeditions

    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

    Through its registered charity, African Bush Camps Foundation, Somalisa Camp supports schools and education in the Dete area.

    Currently, it mainly supports Hwange Main Camp Primary School, a school of 130 students with 33 orphans and vulnerable children, and Mambanje Primary School, a very remote school of 140 students with 90 orphans and vulnerable children.

    The foundation provides all of the orphans and vulnerable children with their school fees and provides Mambanje primary School with an additional full time teacher and assists by providing stationary, textbooks, and sports equipment.

    The foundation also assists with general fundraising, environmental and health awareness events, and sporting events. It also sponsors 24 students in High School with scholarships to boarding schools and provides a further 2 scholarships to 2 students who graduated from the Main Camp Primary School and went through the high school scholarship program.

    Project #2

    The Thandanani Sewing Project and the Vukani Group are income-generating projects in the Dete area. The Vukani Group has a beading and jewelry project where they make jewelry from recycled magazines.
    We also hold sporting events which bring together all of the 17 villages in the area to spread community spirit. We use these events also as a platform to educate the community about poaching, environmental awareness, and health.

    We also hold sporting events which bring together all of the 17 villages in the area to spread community spirit. We use these events also as a platform to educate the community about poaching, environmental awareness, and health.

    All the needs are current as of August 2, 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.