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.

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


    General School Supplies:
    Colored Pencils, Crayons, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Solar Lantern Lights

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

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English) Language

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) *Age-Appropriate Story Books (level 1st to 5th standard) and Language/Grammar

    Art Supplies:
    *Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    *Tablets and *Working Laptops

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    *Inflation Pumps, *Netball/Basketballs, and *Soccer Balls

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    *Electric hair clippers

    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.

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


    General Medical:
    *Ace Bandages, Alcohol Gel, Alcohol Swabs, Alcohol (70%), Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Darrows Concentrate, Disinfectant – F10 supplies, First Aid Kits, *Gauze, Hot Water Bottles, Ice/Cold Pack, Infrared Lamps, Needles, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Ringers, Splints, Thermometer (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Tweezers, Stethoscope, and Tubing (Various sizes for crop feeding)

    *Crepe Bandages, *Dressings, *Forceps, Hospital Tags, Lubricant, Needle Holders, Plaster of Paris, *Stitching Material (absorbable, size 0, 1, 2 and 3), Surgical Gloves, *Surgical Instruments, Surgical Instrument Cleaner, Surgical Instrument Marking Tape, and Swabs

    5 ml Syringes, 10ml Syringes, 20ml Syringes, and 50ml Syringes

    *Antibiotics, *Antifungal Cream, Chloromex ( Eye ointment ), *Dog and Cat Flea Treatments, Iron Tablets, Karbo Dust, Vitamins, and Wound Spray

    Animal Food:
    Avi Plus Hand Rearing Formula, *Cat Snacks/Treats, and *Dog Snacks/Treats

    *Bathing Towels, *Hand Towels, and *Swimming Towels

    Animal Supplies:
    *Blankets, Brushes and Combs, *Flea Shampoo, Grooming Tools, Heartgard Dewormer, *Pet Bedding, and *Rugs

    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.


    Project Needs:
    Sturdy Refillable Water Bottles and Sturdy Metal Water Bottles

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 25, 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.