New Planeterra Campaign Aims To Help Communities Impacted By COVID-19
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to halt the global tourism industry, communities that rely on tourism for income are being severely impacted, says Planeterra, G Adventures' non-profit partner.
To help some of the impoverished communities it works with, Planeterra has launched a new new fundraising campaign, ‘Turn Travel into Impact from Home’, that aims to raise $50,000 that will be distributed across its 85 projects, which support the livelihoods of 65,000 individuals globally.
The campaign has already raised $15,000 in the past two weeks, enabling the non-profit to transfer grants to six of its partners to help support basic community needs.
"Our global team is working overtime to support our projects, with grants to purchase food and medicine already going out to communities in Morocco, Belize, and Botswana," said President of Planeterra and vice president of sustainability at G Adventures, Jamie Sweeting.
"We’re encouraged by projects that are helping their communities as well as each other, and we hope this fund will provide some relief and help to ensure jobs and organizations remain intact for when travellers inevitably return."
Among the first to receive funding is the AidChild Leadership Institute (ALI) in Uganda, which sees 50% of their operating budgets generated by their tourism initiatives, including a cafe and guesthouse rooms. The grant was allocated immediately to provide food for the 67 HIV-positive orphans in their care.
"We are still able to continue to feed and support the children and students in our care, thanks to this invaluable, adaptable, and compassionate partnership with Planeterra,” explains ALI founder, Dr. Nathaniel Dunigan.
If you would like to donate to the initiative, click here.