Pack for a Purpose is an organization that aims to positively impact communities in need around the world by assisting travelers who want to use a small space in their luggage to take much needed supplies to the destinations they visit.
Seeing many seasoned travelers come and go over the years and having many on our team as well, we believe that a high percentage of people who travel seek out and cherish a sense of purpose during their explorations and adventures. We feel that, as a company that lives and breathes through travelers, it’s sort of our obligation and our joy to share with you this amazing program! We hope that you get the opportunity to save that little pocket in your suitcase for a community in need.
Pack for a Purpose has been featured in the news all over the world and in such renown publications as National Geographic, Forbes, The Oprah Magazine and Condé Nast. Since 2010, the organization has had over 169,312 pounds of supplies delivered by travelers to fulfill initiatives in over 60 countries. There are 5 initiatives for which you can be of service:
Education: Supplies are provided for school classrooms, after school activities as well as libraries.
Health: The health projects include supplies and assistance for health clinics, hospitals, HIV/AIDS projects and maternal health centers.
Child Welfare: Orphanages and group homes are given items to help take care of their children in need.
Animal Welfare: There are a number of services for animals such as clinics, anti-poaching projects, humane societies and conservation projects, for which you can offer assistance.
Socioeconomic Development: Delivering supplies for artist initiatives, basket weaving cooperatives and sewing projects are just a few of the ways you can assist with the socioeconomic development of these communities in need.
The communities that these travelers save a little corner of their suitcases for are many – From a little village called Matemwe in Zanzibar that is able to provide free, quality education to its villagers with the help of The Tamani Foundation and their work with Pack for a Purpose, to motorcyclists who donate to Pack for a Purpose and assist local schools and children through Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental – so many are being given aid and so many lives are being changed for the better.
On a more personal note, when Nancy and her husband recently spent time in Africa, she and everyone in her travel group took school supplies to an elementary school in Zimbabwe. In addition to these supplies, an ophthalmologist in the group brought 40 pairs of reading glasses in different strengths along with a simple reading test, to make sure they got the right magnification. A little bonus, once they unloaded the much needed supplies, they had room in their suitcases to bring home some great souvenirs! 😉
So next time you’re packing your bag for that amazing trip to another brilliant part of the world, think about those children, families, communities and furry friends that live there. Bring a few supplies along with you. They only take up a tiny corner of your suitcase. But to those in need, you’re helping to absolutely fill their hearts and minds…and that may just cause your heart to overflow a little, too…