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    Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary

    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 historic Eutok Samdrupcholing goenpa monastic school and orphanage, located in Neyphu valley, houses 65 boys from ages 5 through 25 years old. We support the school by supporting infrastructure improvements, donating outside lighting for the temple, and helping with other general school supply needs.

    Project #2

    This is the first pilot program in Bhutan where a hotel-resort is actively taking care of the free roaming dogs on its property and surrounding community. The pilot program is a collaboration between Bhutan Animal Rescue and Care (BARC), Barnyard Bhutan, and Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary. BARC and Barnyard Bhutan have over 500 animals in their shelters and they take care of even more by treating any animal which is being brought in by pet-owners.

    Project #3

    #refillnotlandfill will be used to provide the community with reusable water bottles with the goal of eliminating single use plastic bottles in the community.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 27, 2022
    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.