It’s a big world out there - but it’s getting smaller every day.
In my experiences, the most amazing gift of travel—above and beyond the obvious—is that you begin to understand how truly responsible we are for each other’s well being. Every time I hit the road I’m humbled by the amazing people I encounter who are making real, tangible differences in the world. These people are “doers,” but without your support, the “doers” can’t “do.”
Below are some of the organizations you may or may not know about. I'm going to keep adding to this as I travel and learn about interesting organizations. Find out how you can get involved today, whether it’s with your time, money, or simply by spreading the word. The greatest gift you can do is to give of your generosity, ingenuity, creativity, and compassion. What you give returns to you ten-fold.
The Rift Valley Children's Fund. An amazing organization I volunteered at that provides financial support and programs designed to improve the lives of marginalized children in Tanzania. $100 per year will provide all costs for primary education, $500 per year will provide for primary education and for a healthy diet, and $1,000 per year will provide for primary education, a healthy diet, clothing, medical care and a home.
Blink Now. When Maggie Doyne took a year off in between high school and college, the last thing she thought she would be doing with her life is building an orphanage in Nepal. Read her story in the NY Times. It’s quite amazing and inspiring.
Room To Read. John was a Microsoft executive who gave it all up to serve children in third world countries on the belief that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. You can read John’s story here.
Partners in Health. Dedicated to providing a "preferential option for the poor". Partners In Health strives to bring the best of western medicine to the poorest of the poor by establishing long-term partnerships with local sister organizations.
Doctors Without Borders. An independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.
Global Partnerships. Dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty through the power of micro-financing.