After I travel, I continue supporting local communities I’ve visited through charitable donations.
This is especially important now since tourism has been decimated by the Coronavirus. Many of the communities that I blog about depend on tourism as their main industry. As a result, some people who earn a living in the tourism industry – either with formal jobs or by earning day wages – are without an income or safety net.
Causes I’m currently supporting
Hekab Be Biblioteca in Akumal, Mexico
Hekab Be, which means “open road” in Mayan, is a library that promotes literacy and learning for children and adults in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Their main programs are free after-school and summer programs for children, and all of their efforts are privately funded. Currently they are collaborating with other area organizations to fund and organize a food drive and market vouchers for families in need.
Fundacion En Via in Oaxaca, Mexico
En Via is a foundation that operates in 6 Zapotec communities in the Tlacolula Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. They offer responsible tourism opportunities for travelers, which in turn generate funds for basic business education and microloans to women entrepreneurs. Currently they are focused on their GROWING STRONG campaign, which provides women with either a home garden or a chicken farm to support their own family’s needs and sell any surplus within their communities.
Tortugueros Las Playitas in Todos Santos, Mexico
Tortugueros Las Playitas is a conservation group focused on sea turtle recovery and marine ecosystems. You can support them by volunteering or donations, or even by participating in their seasonal hatchling releases to raise awareness. In Mexico, conservation groups must find and move turtle nests to protect them from poachers, who will sell the eggs as an aphrodisiac. The nests are then kept in safe enclosures until the eggs hatch. I sponsored a Leatherback turtle nest this year, and can’t wait to get an update when the babies hatch!
Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC
The Capital Area Food Bank works with a regional network of over 450 partners to distribute food for over 30 million meals each year. They work with shelters, senior programs, soup kitchens, food pantries and other food assistance partners to get food to the people and families who need it most.
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