Accommodation

    The Luang Say Residence

    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

    The Luang Prabang Orphanage School (LPOS) cares for hundreds of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged Laotian children. This center gives love, a home, meals, medical care, and education to more than 555 children.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Composition Books, Crayons, Erasers, Notebooks, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body and World Maps

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

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Printers

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Puzzles

    Art Supplies:
    Watercolor Paints

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Jump Ropes and Soccer Balls

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves

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

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

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, and Pots

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 18, 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.