To accomplish this world tour while trying to leave a positive footprint, we have carefully selected some NGOs that are known for their efficiency in their respective fields to get involved.
For us, this is not just a “feel good” factor, rather an alternative way of thinking about how we interact with this Planet and People. How we can care, leave a neutral or positive footprint, and give back by giving some money but more importantly by getting directly and concretely involved into some initiatives that matter to the family.
NGO involvement is something very personal. Sharing what we do (or not) has raised many discussions, but in the end, we believe there is value in sharing our “alternative path” to stimulate the discussion among our friends, and maybe te desire to think and act differently too…
South Pole Group
NGO: South Pole Group is the world’s leading premium emission reduction project. Named Best Project Developer in Environmental Finance’s Voluntary Carbon for Companies and Individuals. They allow people to calculate and offset their Carbon emissions by investing in project that have precisely measured carbon offsetting impact with positive social impact.
Objective: Offset our Carbon footprint by 2.5x
Action: We have decided to invest in 4 projects in each of the big regions we travel in:
- Reforestation in the tropical Andes (Colombia · Forestry Management)
- Efficient cooking stoves in Honduras (Honduras · Cooking Stoves)
- Prony windfarms improving lives of local communities (New Caledonia · Wind)
Where: across the Globe
More info here: http://www.thesouthpolegroup.com/
NGO: is one of the best-known grass-roots surf NGOs in the world. It promotes the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Born in 1984, Surfrider takes action in 15 countries around the world.
Objective: leave some places cleaner than they where when we arrived and educate kids
Action: alert about polutions, do active cleaning on beaches around the world, and tell the story in schools when back home
Where: all beaches & ocean worldwide
People & Education
NGO: Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. By connecting people, they help create relationships beyond financial transactions. As of December 2013, Kiva has facilitated over half a billion USD in loans.
Objective: help local people in countries we go create their own business
Action: hundred micro-credits in social business, education, sustainable agriculture or whatever other project that will allow local people to reach sustainable autonomy
Where: every country we go to where there are Kiva operations
NGO: Senecole is a small French NGO that is helping providing access to education for kids in a remote area in Senegal. They provide funds to build all the facilities, hire and train professors, before the handover to the state for sustainable operations. Those kids would not have access to school otherwise.
Objective: help kids access education in a remote area in Senegal, and if possible provide them access to Digital education
Action: participate in building the school with classrooms to welcome 400 kids who would not have access to school otherwise
Where: Senegal, M’Bour, south of Dakar
Because the first link between Humans and Nature is food, we also want to get involved in a NGO that promotes responsible & sustainable farming.
NGO: Navdanya was founded in 1984, the year of the Punjab Violence and the Bhopal tragedy, by world-renowned scientist and environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva, to provide direction and support to environmental activism. They promote “nonviolent farming”, which protects biodiversity, the Earth and small farmers. They have created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people’s knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation.
Objective: truly understand what Organic & Sustainable farming means for local farmers and the sustainability of the Planet
Action: spend some time in the Bija Vidyapeeth/Earth University and get involved
Where: North India
More info here: http://www.navdanya.org/