Pack for a Purpose

Pack for a Purpose

Spare Space in your Suitcase? Help us Support Pack for a Purpose in Kosovo!

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Watch the video here


Hotel Gracanica supports Pack for a Purpose with a special project for The Ideas Partnership Learning Centre for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian learners aged from 3 to adult. The project works in neighbourhoods 28 and 29 of Fushe Kosove, about 20 minutes from Gracanica and Prishtina. Most of the families here earn their living from scavenging from the garbage, and from begging. Only 4% of this community complete compulsory education and illiteracy is high. The project offers kindergarten education, weekend academic support for kids in school, mediation to get kids into school, hea th support and antenatal care and clothes distribution,


The Ideas Partnership Learning Centre is an initatiive of the author Elizabeth Gowing. The Ideas Partnership won the EU Award for Roma Integration in Kosovo in 2014.

How You Can Help

You can help us by bringing any of the following items with you on your travels and presenting them at the hotel reception (* = most urgently needed):

  • Book bags*
  • Chalk
  • Colored construction paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Craft glue
  • Handheld pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Dictionaries and encyclopedias in Albanian
  • Flash cards for math
  • Wall charts of the human body, math, science, world maps in English or Albanian
  • Working laptops*
  • Chess sets
  • New or gently used children's clothing and shoes*
  • Newborn baby clothes*
  • Light blankets
  • Bars of soap
  • Multivitamin tablets*
  • Reading glasses of assorted strengths
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Sudacrem or similar baby cream*
  • Disposable nappies for newborns*
  • Books about gardening
  • Cloth caddy for small tools
  • Gardening gloves
  • Hand fork
  • Small pruning shears
  • Spades
  • Trowel
  • Seeds*

Who Are You Helping

Before you pack

Check with your airline or travel agent to determine the current luggage allowance. For Custom rules and regulations, check with the Embassy of Kosovo (according to the last available information, goods up to a total value of 175 € can be brought into the country without paying customs or VAT).

Example of a very welcome donation

Donation by Stephania Guglielmi of the responsible travel blog
Donation by Stephania Guglielmi of the responsible travel blog