Since ancient times communities living in the Sacred Valley of the Incas have worshipped nature and the universe. In Peru today many still subscribe to these strong beliefs and whether or not you consider there to be a logical explanation, Intrepid’s Julio Padilla had a heart-pumping encounter with the powers of Pachamama…
“One day my brother told me he had been given a kind of ancient weapon that came from an underground tomb in the coast of Peru, dating back to around 500AD. I told him this could be very bad luck for him, because where we come from in the Amazon we do not touch things that belong to the dead. The belief of our people in the mountains is that the item could either bring you good times or bad times. And when it is about bad times, the energy of the dead could suck up your soul.
Intrepid has long suspected that travel helps change the world and now we have the proof! We recently surveyed people who have donated to The Intrepid Foundation over the last 12 months* and almost 60% of respondents said that travelling in the country of the organisation they donated to was a big influence in them donating to The Intrepid Foundation.
An anonymous respondent puts it best, “Witnessing first-hand the huge difference that our support makes to the lives of young people and those most in need gives you a sense of ‘doing something right’ for our fellow human kind.”
When we eat well, we know that our brain functions better and we can learn more effectively. That’s one of the key reasons behind a wonderful high altitude greenhouse and nutrition program in the Andes, proudly supported by The Intrepid Foundation.
The Peruvian charity Living Heart is supporting remote, impoverished highland communities above the Sacred Valley in Peru. Their challenge is to continue to support over 2,500 vulnerable children and abandoned elderly women and men, to help provide a better quality of life and a brighter future.
For over 10 years now Intrepid has been proud to support TreeProject, helping to tackle salinity and land degradation by putting native trees back on the land.
Sponsorship from The Intrepid Foundation provides TreeProject the means to train and build a support network for volunteers, who grow low cost indigenous seedlings for rural landholders and Landcare groups. They engage in revegetation projects that deal with the remediation of erosion, water quality and quantity, carbon sequestration and native species habitat. There is marvellous engagement with people of all ages and all walks of life, including school children, youth clubs, families, business people, retirees and people living in aged care facilities. De Grebner, TreeProject’s Project Manager tells us more:
Ever wondered who would win a fight between Batman and Superman? Imagine then what might happen if Spiderman, the Green Hornet, Wolverine, Hans Solo, Xena and Jackie Chan all stepped into the ring.
If you said it would be the ultimate rumble, then you’d be right. But as with any tight tussle, contenders need their own fans and supporters on their side. Intrepid is stepping into the ring in the TourRadar Most Amazing Tour Competition, up against every other global tour company, and we’d love to know – are you in our corner? Will you help cheer us to victory?
Intrepid has always been impressed with Plan’s incredible projects around the globe and we were honoured to hear from Ian Wishart, CEO, Plan International – Australia National Office, on the 10th anniversary of The Intrepid Foundation…
“The Intrepid Foundation has been a strong and wonderful supporter of Plan’s work for over 10 years. As an international development agency with a focus on children’s rights, Plan looks to execute long-term, sustainable development work in over 50 countries. It is here that The Intrepid Foundation has had a tremendous impact.
Travelling with Intrepid and want to know how to help the communities you visit? Geoff Manchester, Intrepid’s co-founder & Managing Director helps you work out whether to pack stuff or money…
“When Darrell Wade and I set up Intrepid Travel more than two decades ago, the term ‘responsible travel’ had not yet been coined. The vast majority of holidays on offer involved little – if any – interaction with local communities and people were much less aware of the environmental and social impact their holiday had on their destination.
On the streets of St Petersburg every night thousands of homeless people are trying to survive freezing temperatures.
There are more than 30,000 homeless people living on the streets of St. Petersburg (by official statistics) but experts believe is more like 60-70,000. In winter the temperature ranges from minus 9 to minus 15 degrees Celsius. In conditions like these hot food becomes a necessity that ensures people’s survival on the streets, however there’s no possibility for a homeless person to cook hot food for themself. In a lot of cases, these people do not even have access to clean water.
For the past 10 years, The Intrepid Foundation has worked with Braille Without Borders to support their efforts to make a better life for Tibet’s blind. Around 15% of the population has severe vision impairment and sadly this is well above the average of most other countries.
Braille Without Borders commenced in 1998 in Lhasa, with the opening of the first rehabilitation and training centre for the blind in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The main goal is the integration and acceptance of the blind in the Tibetan society, through the four major projects:
- Implementation of a preparatory school for blind children.
- Production of educational materials for the blind.
- Preparation of a reintegration program, facilitating the return to local schools and home life.
- Realisation of a vocational training which gives blind people an opportunity and skills to generate their own income.
How could giving to kids on the street be selfish? Just-one is a hands-on organisation in Nepal and every day they see the consequences of people’s good intentions. Try to put yourself in the place of these vulnerable young children…
- I need reasons to get off the streets – not to stay on them!
- I’m too young to know that any of the nice things you may kindly give me will only encourage me to continue begging on the street – which is no place for a child like me.