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.


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.


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:

Educational Games/Toys:

Art Supplies:
Watercolor Paints

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Jump Ropes and Soccer Balls

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

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

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

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 April 3, 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.