An important part of this project is to give our young members an important choice to make each month. Through their membership they will support one of two age appropriate charitable projects.
In following months they will get an insight into the progress of the projects that they chose to support. The intention is to give our members confidence that their choices are important, and that small actions can make a big difference if a whole community acts together to make a difference.
Through our work with Five Point Five we visit a number of inspiring charities in each country to capture their stories on film. If you want an insight, we have shared some of our short documentaries at the bottom of this page.
Q: How do you choose the charitable projects?
A: We have some fundamental criteria when choosing a project or person to fund through the Travel Kids Club.
- The cause has to be appropriate for primary school aged children.
- We have two distinct options in each country, for example if one is educational the other will have a different focus.
- We choose projects that we have personally visited, if that is not possible we choose projects that are vouched for by a trusted person or organisation.
- We must feel confident that they will follow up with updates for our members.
- We will humanise these projects with images wherever possible with stories and images (children will have their names changed).
The Charities and Projects
(We will add to this list each month when each new letter comes out)
In March 2016 we will support a young girl (Theary) to continue her schooling and help a conservation program build new enclosures for their breeding program.
Cause 1: Help Theary go to School
Theary (not her real name) is a lovely 13 year old that we met in Cambodia. She has 4 younger siblings. They came to the attention of a charity Safe Haven because one of her brothers has severe epilepsy and disabilities which went untreated for most of his life.
Sadly their family has had no end of struggles and their father passed away and with him their income. Due to financial hardship Theary was unable to start school until she was 10, even now has to miss school and work in the fields in harvesting season – the $10 a week she can earn is very needed.
In the March letter, one of the options will be to contribute $10 a week during harvesting season to Theary. This means she can stay in school over that period while funds allow.
We visited this family while filming the work of Safe Haven in mid 2015. We meet a lot of worthy people in our travels, but this girl really touched our hearts. She is shy, yet totally dedicated to helping her mum raise her young siblings and work with her brother on his physical therapy.
The level of poverty here is the most extreme we have seen. Until recently their house like many others was made of straw and bamboo (it fell down during their fathers funeral). We may not be able to change the world with our first letter, but we would love to give this sweet family a little of the support they need to keep their daughter and sister in school.
Cause 2: Help Build Hatchling Enclosures for Endangered Tortoises
Cambodia has an incredible array of wildlife that like most countries is fast disappearing. The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity is working hard to ensure the preservation of their flora and fauna and this month our members can choose to help one of their programs that is successfully breeding endangered Elongated Tortoises and the vulnerable Malayan Box Turtle.
These species face a number of challenges including habitat loss, the pet trade, poaching for human consumption and being used for traditional medicine.
$1000 can build 10 tortoise enclosures and $1500 can build 10 turtle enclosures with pools. These species need between 5 and 8 years to reach maturity when they will be ready to be released into the wild.
Here are a few of our short documentaries (that we made for grownups). If you would like to see more here is a big red button, click it to visit our YouTube playlist!