“How many times have you been travelling and visited a school or community or local charity that you would love to help? The school needs books, or a map or pencils; an orphanage needs children's clothes or toys. All things that, if only you'd known, you could've stuffed in your rucksack. But once you get home you forget, or you've lost the address, or worry that whatever you send will be stolen before it even gets there...”
"That's why we've set up StuffYourRucksack.com"
Kate Humble, UK broadcaster and journalist
Thanks to the work of this charity, many young people who've suffered from an under-developed education system are now setting up their own businesses. All they're asking for are your pens and pencils, so they can help the children in their care build a brighter future for themselves.
By 2016, Village by Village would like to have provided 100 villages in Ghana with clean drinking water, education and sanitation. You can help stock a library with books, provide stationery to give children the chance to enjoy learning, and car parts to help the charity keep in touch with remote communities.
Do you have any lego or games that need a good home? If so, Amani Kids wants to hear from you. The charity runs a centre, which provides children from the streets of Tanzania with food, education and a place to call home. The team is grateful for anything from pastels to Connect Four.
If you have screws, gum boots or work gloves in your cupboard, you could help Long Way Home build a school in the rural San Juan Comalapa community. The charity works to alleviate poverty in the area by finding solutions to environmental, educational, waste and water problems.
Pack surgical gloves, plasters or even sports equipment and you'll help this grass roots organisation reach out to underprivileged communities in Zambia. The charity has already succeeded in helping children attend school, adults attend literacy classes, and old people keep warm in the winter.