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:
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.
Bringing home souvenirs is a wonderful way to keep your travel memories alive, but when shopping for precious mementos it’s important to make responsible purchases. For example, be certain that products are not made from endangered species and try to buy locally produced items. Intrepid’s Carl Needham shares his tips on responsible shopping in Laos…
“When we go on holiday we all love to shop for souvenirs and handcrafted products. A really good way to support local communities and to put money back into the countries we visit is to buy handicrafts from local villages or cooperatives.
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.
Intrepid provides travellers with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The Reef is one of the most inspiring places on earth, which makes it even harder to believe that a place as beautiful and precious as the Great Barrier Reef is currently under threat due to the ever-expanding coal export industry.
Current plans to build a series of coal mega mines running the length of the Great Barrier Reef not only spell disaster for this fragile ecosystem, but also for the global climate as a whole.
Like so many girls living in rural poverty in Cambodia, Wattana was forced to leave school in grade six to help support the nine people in her family. To make money, she cut wood for a pittance in a nearby forest. Wattana always knew she was capable of much more. So, when she heard that a Plan partner in a nearby town offered restaurant and tourism training, she decided it was precisely the opportunity she needed.
The course provided young people like her with hands-on training in restaurant and housekeeping services, and included office and English skills to help them get jobs in the Sala Bai tourist industry. However, the training involved an intensive, 12-month course away from home, and her mother believed this to be inappropriate, given Wattana’s gender. She thought her daughter should remain in the village like the other girls, cutting wood and getting married and raising children.
Saidia is based in Gilgil, north west of Nairobi in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Extended family networks are very strong in Kenya and orphaned children are usually taken in by their relatives. But a sad reality is that in this region many families have lost the entire parent generation to HIV/Aids.