The Intrepid Foundation has now raised over AU$15,000 for Plan International’s East Africa Drought Appeal. Can you help us make it to AU$20,000?
You’ll be surprised what a difference your donation will make:
$20 will give a clean water kit – soap, bucket and water purification tablets for a family of 5 for a month.
$40 will provide clean water for 175 people for a day.
$75 will feed a family of 6 for two weeks.
$150 will provide high calorie food for 300 children suffering from severe malnutrition.
$280 will pay for a health kit for a clinic to support 150 people for three months.
It’s over 10 years now since Intrepid began exploring the possibilities of taking travellers to a free independent Timor-Leste (East Timor). Since those early days, Intrepid and The Intrepid Foundation are both very proud to have been associated with The Alola Foundation and their important work with the women and children of this new nation.
The Alola Foundation was established in 2001 by Kirsty Sword Gusmão to raise awareness about sexual and gender-based violence in Timor-Leste and to advocate women’s rights. Alola’s establishment followed a 24-year period of foreign occupation that served to exacerbate women’s vulnerability and exclusion. Women and girls in Timor continue to experience discrimination that prevents them from fully enjoying their rights and limits access to education, health, economic and political participation, and decision-making. But there have been many positive gains, of which Alola’s work has been a huge contributor…
As part of the third year of the ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign, Intrepid Travel, Child Wise and The Body Shop ran a competition to help protect the children of Cambodia from travelling sex offenders. The winner was the person who came up with the best idea for a Child Wise billboard in Phnom Penh.
Congratulations to Isobel Shearman for her winning entry:
“Have you packed your Moral Compass? It doesn’t matter where you are – child sex trafficking is wrong.”
We are thrilled to announce that Intrepid’s Bruno Dawsan has been heralded as the world’s greatest tour leader at the 2011 Wanderlust World Guide Awards!
Last year’s Bronze Award winner, this year Bruno won Gold after receiving even more support, with heartwarming and impassioned testimonials from travellers who told of rescuing people from a fire and helping to make a marriage proposal special. Born into a Tamil tea-picking family, he has become a true “cultural ambassador for his country.”
September 11, 2001, was not only the day of a horrific event in the United States that changed the world in which we live, it was also a day of hope for the Deni. The Deni are a poor indigenous group living in semi-isolation in a very remote part of the Amazon and Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Brazil Amazon Campaign Director, explains why September 11 holds special significance for their survival…
“After waiting more than 10 years for the Brazilian government to show up and recognise their traditional territory, the Deni asked for help from people who wouldn’t deliver broken promises. That day, at 10:00am (same time as New York City) we had a Greenpeace ship – the Sunrise – arrive in Manaus. Media were on board for a press conference to announce that Greenpeace would help the Deni people to demarcate 1.6 million hectares of forests, claimed by them as their historical homeland. With everyone’s attention turning to the tragic news coming out of the USA, it’s no wonder this was the worst media day to help the voices of Deni people to be heard, but work continued and in 2004 the demarcation was completed.
Ever wondered if your small donation could really help the drought-affected people of East Africa? The situation might seem insurmountable, but after receiving this inspiring email from Intrepid Foundation donor Leonie Shanahan, we did the sums and you’d be surprised what a big difference you can make…
“I was travelling through New South Wales giving talks about my Edible School Gardens work and between towns I was trying to think what I could do to help East Africa. I find the whole situation so upsetting and it’s like no one really cares. Then it just occured to me – why not donate all the money from my book sales on that night to the Intrepid East Africa Drought Appeal.
We are delighted to announce The Intrepid Foundation’s latest funds distribution. We have hit a new high in donations from Intrepid travellers and along with contributions from Intrepid Travel we are disbursing AU$394,601 between 55 non profit organisations or projects around the world for the 2010-11 financial year. This brings us to now having distributed over AU$2.6 million since inception of The Intrepid Foundation in 2002!
It’s a wonderfully long list of beneficiaries and below we are pleased to highlight some of the great projects that will receive financial support. For the full list of dedicated organisations who have benefitted from the generosity of Intrepid travellers, please visit the Beneficiaries page on our website. Sincere thanks to all who have contributed to this great outcome for our Intrepid destination communities…
After weeks of hard work, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation has played a significant role in bringing down a ring of traffickers who were kidnapping teenage girls from Vietnam and selling them to brothels in China. You can see from this powerful account by Michael Brosowski, Founder and CEO of Blue Dragon, why The Intrepid Foundation is determined to help this organisation make a real difference…
“Our involvement started when we met a girl named Ha (a name we’ve chosen to protect her identity), who had been kidnapped from her home town 70 km north of Hanoi in January. Ha was just 14 years old. The traffickers had a well-rehearsed script to lure her from her home: befriend her, show her great kindness and then sell her to another trafficking ring across the border in China.
The football field may traditionally be a male domain, but in a small village high in the Andes it’s the best man, or woman, for the team, as Summer Davis explains…
“Heading up through the terraced mountains of the Sacred Valley, we prepared ourselves for an afternoon of ‘local interaction’ with the Sacaca community. But this was no ordinary visit, because on this occasion our Intrepid Cuzco office decided to challenge these hearty mountain Quechuas to a game of football.
It doesn’t matter if you’re lacking in eye-hand coordination or are not competitive by nature, because Intrepid’s Jo Stewart discovered that watching the local game in Morocco can be a winning real life experience…
“The advent of air travel, growth of technology and evolution of infrastructure means we’re all more mobile than ever, crossing time zones with ease, skipping across oceans like stones. Sometimes, this hyper mobility is a blessing (you can be in another continent so fast); other times it can be a curse (you can leave a country without ever feeling connected to it). Well, want to get under the skin of a country? I’ve found that one of the best ways to uncover a nation’s psyche is through sport.