Accommodation

    VOMO Island Resort

    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

    VOMO supports two local villages at the bottom of Yasawa Islands, located just 30 minutes by boat from the resort. Yamata Village is home to 130 adults and 70 children, and Yalobi Village is home to 158 adults and 46 children.

    The villages are about an hour and a half away by boat from the mainland with limited modes of transport, which makes it very difficult to get supplies. Items donated will be passed onto the villagers by our team, which will be distributed to the families on the island and to the schools for children to share.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Craft Scissors, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Notebooks, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar
    Calculators

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Math and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books

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

    Music Instruments:
    Guitar and Recorders

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Rugby Balls, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis
    Balls

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

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

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of July 6, 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.