Accommodation

    Calabash, Grenada

    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

    The Bel Air Children’s Home was built to accommodate up to 20 babies and toddlers in the nursery and 20 adolescent girls in individual cubicles on the upper floor. The day to day running of the home is carried out by the Home Manager and twenty other staff. The children are from a background of neglect, physical or sexual abuse, or abandonment. Their care is centered on personal development and personal tutoring based on each child’s capabilities. There is a pre school for the older children from the nursery which helps with Early Childhood Development. Corporal punishment is not permitted. The Friends of Bel Air (Grenada) is registered with the Charity Commission in the UK.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, and Math

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

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet and Math

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

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

    Music Instruments:
    Triangles, Xylophones, and Other Small Instruments

    Clothing:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    Linens:
    Bath Towels, Bed Linens, and Light Blankets

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

    Project #2

    The Queen Elizabeth Home supports children of all ages who are orphaned or in need of care. Currently there are 25 children, who are given food and lodging, taken to and from school and provided with daily extra-curricular activities. While some children are placed temporarily until a family can be found for adoption, the Home’s eventual aim is to integrate the children in its care into the wider Grenadian community.

    Needs

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

    Art Supplies:

    Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

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

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

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

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

    Music Instruments:
    Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, 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/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

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

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

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Project #3

    The Dorothy Hopkin Centre for the Disabled, located in Grenada is a home for the physically and mentally challenged. It has accommodation for 36 people from ages 5 through 50 years old. It was founded 45 years ago by Ms. Dorothy Hopkin and relies on donations from local businesses, government help, private Grenadian citizens both locally and overseas. The expatriate community volunteers.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Craft Scissors, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

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

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

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 17, 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.