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Pack for a Purpose version 3.0 -- How far we've traveled in four years

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#1 Pack for a Purpose

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:40 PM

Since our first post in 2011, Pack for a Purpose has grown to over 485 accommodations and tour companies across the globe with more than 260 being in Africa. We also have seven accommodations and tour companies in India. All of these accommodations and tour companies offer safari experiences, and each of our participants supports local community projects ranging from schools to anti-poaching projects. Our participants focus on five initiatives: education, health, child welfare, animal welfare, and socioeconomic development. Our newly designed website can be searched by destination alone or by initiative. 

 

 

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When you choose to become a Pack for a Purpose traveler, the safari you take goes much farther than the miles you travel. By going to our website, you will find the specific needs list for the projects supported by our participants, How to Pack information, everything you need to make each safari more meaningful. Since our inception, Dec. 17, 2009, generous Pack for a Purpose travelers have taken over 40,600 kilos of supplies meeting essential needs in over 60 countries. PfaP travelers have shared their stories on our website and continue to inspire other travelers.

 

Our newly designed website includes our first shop, which includes high-quality Pack for a Purpose merchandise. From T-shirts to hoodies, we've got you covered. A large portion of the sales directly benefit our mission to positively impact communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to take meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit. 

 

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We encourage you to share the Pack for a Purpose website across your social media and to check back on our website from time to time as we are continually adding new safari locations. Below is a list of participants in Africa and India, current as of Sept. 18, 2015.

 

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#2 Tom Kellie

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 03:51 AM

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Thank you for posting this information.

 

The list above of safari camps is especially appreciated.

 

I like the premise underlying your organization.

 

Tom K.



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Posted 22 September 2015 - 09:24 AM

@Pack for a Purpose

Thank you for posting this. We followed your guidelines when we went to Zambia - and will when we go to Kenya. I will have a look at your new website.



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Posted 22 September 2015 - 09:33 AM

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Thank you for posting the full list of countries/camps this - very much appreciated.  We will be bringing some school supplies (paper, pens, etc.) on our upcoming trip to Kenya.  Do we need to declare anything at customs when we enter the country?


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 04:10 PM

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Hi Tom, 

 

Thank you for your kind words. If you have the opportunity to Pack for a Purpose, we hope you'll choose to share Your Story on our website here


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 04:11 PM

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Hi Tony, 

 

We are thrilled to hear you will be Packing for a Purpose in Kenya! When you return from your trip, we hope you'll choose to share Your Story with us here


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 04:33 PM

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Hello,

 

We are delighted to hear you will be Packing for a Purpose on your trip to Kenya. When you return, we hope you will share Your Story on the Pack for a Purpose website here

 

We cannot legally provide information regarding Customs, as they differ so greatly from country to country around the world. Perhaps this is a topic you could ask others in the forum. We recommend that you check with the consulate regarding Customs before you travel. 


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Posted 18 August 2016 - 05:23 AM

I love your organization. We have made six donations using your web site information, and I encourage the people going on my safaris to do the same. I purchase an extra freight seat on the flights for my camera gear and I never need it all, so the rest goes for school and medical supplies. It's so good knowing that what I bring is truly needed.


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Posted 22 August 2016 - 11:16 AM

When I first heard of this organisation I spoke to friends and received donations of pain killers, diabetic pens and needles, bandages etc.  I made a point of informing the airline and  customs of the contents of the bag and had not problem.    Great organisation and good to see so many lodges participating.


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 02:26 PM

Just to bump this back up... I took extra duffel bags with English books to South America during the last two summers. I made new friends and helped to start an English language library in a bilingual school.  https://kerryedwyer.com/2015/08/ (Note: National Geographic has set up a bring-a-book program for this school, so donations are no longer needed).  I will say, though, that interacting with the community is life-changing, and I'll be packing for a purpose anywhere I go now!



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 07:23 AM

now is a good time to go out and get supplies from the back to school sales


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 06:32 PM

Good bump!


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 07:58 AM

  • budget shops are always good for things like pencils and sharpeners
  • time to get a note book at the back to school sales to write up your trip report
  • well  I knew that Lewa  could use a stop watch for researchers observations or school  sports, someone left behind a good old reliable manual one , the brand was suprising Tag Huer

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