The Muchenje family have supported the pack for purpose initiative for the past eighteen years working on the first project for Mabele Primary School all those years ago, with guests contributions helping thousands of local children ever since.
The idea behind Pack for a Purpose is that before they travel, guests use a small amount of space in their luggage to pack supplies needed by community projects around the world, adding value to their trip by providing things the local community need most. Since 2010 Pack for a Purpose travellers have taken over 119,205 kilograms of supplies meeting essential needs in over 60 countries.
Muchenje Safari Lodge are involved in two major projects as part of this programme, Kachekau Primary School is a special unit for disabled learners and is only one of its kind in the Chobe Enclave, where Muchenje is based. The children stay at the school and have two staff members who look after them after the school day is finished. The project is to provide additional educational aids as well as physical aids to improve the educational opportunities at the school for not only the children already based at the unit, but to extend this to other families who require support within the region. The required supplies include some of the following items book bags, flash cards – farm animals & the English Alphabet, text & reading books in science & English Language, story books including picture books, puzzles, educational games and toys.
Another project is the Mabele Primary School which was first introduced by Muchenje Safari Lodge, the school serves around 176 children from ages 6 through 12 years old. They require a variety of school supplies to assist their teaching from general school supplies including, pencil cases, bags, rulers, calculators, to educational computer software, chess sets, puzzles, to sports and outdoor activity items such as jump ropes, basketballs and footballs.
For more information on Muchenje Safari Lodge and how guests can get involved in supporting these projects, please email Kristina Harlow, firstname.lastname@example.org.