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Through your generosity, we can make a difference
by Carolyn Ray, JourneyWoman Publisher
At JourneyWoman, we believe we have the power to make the world better through travel. Nowhere is this more evident than in the generosity of our readers to support non-profit organization, as volunteers and through their own donations. Since the beginning. of the pandemic, we’ve been donating proceeds from our events to non-profits chosen by our speakers and panelists.
Giving Tuesday is a global movement that takes place on Tuesday, November 30 and every day. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
10 Organizations You Can Support on Giving Tuesday
In recognition of Giving Tuesday, we’ve identified 10 organizations recommended by our readers, speakers and Women’s Advisory Council that you can support. Thank you all for your generosity and kindness. If you have others to recommend, please don’t hesitate. to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or add them in the comment section below.
1. Tree Sisters: Women Seeding Change
We announced our partnership with Tree Sisters on Earth Day in April 2020. Trees are the lungs of our planet and every effort to improve our environment serves all humankind. Our goal to plant 100,000 trees by Earth Day 2025. This will contribute to growing initiatives in the rain forests of Brazil, the upland forests of Mount Kenya, Mount Bamboutos in Cameroon, Khasi Hills in North East India and mangroves in Madagascar and Mozambique.
Learn more here.
2. The Period Purse: Raising Awareness of Period Poverty
How you can help: Donate here or bring menstrual products with you when you travel
In October 2021, I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain in support of The Period Purse, a non-profit registered charity that strives to achieve menstrual equity and reduce the stigma surrounding periods.
“As I go through menopause, I’ve become more connected to my period and to my body than ever before. I can’t imagine not having access to menstrual products or being limited in my career options – can you? But this is the case in many countries, where period stigma limits women and girls from education and career opportunities.” – Carolyn Ray, CEO, JourneyWoman
Read more about Period Poverty here and watch our video featuring Danielle Kaftarian from The Period Purse.
3. Generation Rise: Empowering Young Women in Rwanda
How you can help: We donate 10% of all sales from the JourneyWoman Shop from Friday, November 25 to Tuesday, November 30 at 12 pm Midnight ET. You can also donate directly to the Her Voice Matters reading club here.
JourneyWoman Marillee Carroll, a member of our Women’s Travel Advisory Council, met the co-founder of Generation Rise, Solange Impanoyimana, in Kigali, Rwanda, several years ago and urged us to consider donating process from our store to this worthwhile organization, which empowers young women in small rural communities. Generation Rise uses a novel approach of reading and group discussions to examine how self-awareness, confidence, critical thinking, resilience, and civic engagement are key to empowerment. I spoke with Solange in October to learn more about the impact of the pandemic on girls in Rwanda, school closures and her desire to expand her reading program to more schools. She told me how important teachers are to helping facilitate positive, constructive conversations about issues like sexual health, unwanted pregnancy and disease, and building confidence and leadership skills.
Solange says: “Even a little support counts and helps us to make an impact in rural communities. All of the proceeds will be allocated towards the establishment of the safe space at one of our partner schools. This space allows girls in the “Her Voice Matters” programme to come together to discuss the issues they are facing. The space also includes books so that girls can enjoy reading and discussions as they form new perspectives.”
4. The Turtle Hospital in Key West, Florida
How you can help: Make a donation to help rescue and rehabilitate sea turtles here.
In December 2019, I visited with Bette Zirkelbach, General Manager of the world-renowned Turtle Hospital in Key West and fell in love with these turtles.
The Turtle Hospital is the first veterinary hospital for turtles in the world, with 2,000 rescued turtles since it was founded. The hospital helps five kinds of turtles: Loggerhead, Green Sea Turtles, Leatherbacks, Kemp’s Ridley (or Ghost Turtle) and Hawksbill. Boat strikes, water pollution and marine debris (aka garbage) are all having a dramatic effect on turtles. You can read more in my article here.
5. Latin American Sea Turtle (LAST) Association (Costa Rica)
How you can help: Make a donation to Latin American Sea Turtle (LAST) Association, (formerly WIDECAST-Costa Rica).
For our April 22 Spring Social for Earth Day, we supported Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Association, a group that works to change sea turtle conservation and avoid the extinction of the species. Special thanks to our guests Nora Livingston from Animal Experiences International and Eduardo Altamirano Urbina who joined us live from Costa Rica. You can watch the video here.
6. Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) – Cambodia
How you can help: Donate here or volunteer on your next trip
For our May 13 session on Ethics in Animal Tourism, proceeds are going to Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT). WFFT was founded in 2001 by Edwin Wiek with the help of the local people from Petchaburi province, including the Abbot of Wat Khao Look Chang who loaned a large piece of land to the foundation to house rescued animals. In Thailand, like in every country in the world, animals are abused and exploited for profit and human gratification. There are many examples of animal exploitation within the tourist industry, for example, photo animals, animals performing in degrading shows, and elephant camps. There is still a thriving illegal trade in wild animals for pets and medicine.
Learn more about this organization here: https://www.wfft.org/
Learn more about ethical animal tourism with our experts from Fanimal and Animal Experiences International.
7. Gems for Gems: Support Women Leaving Abusive Relationships
How you can help: Donate here.
For our April 7 and 15 sessions on Solo Travel Safety: Tips from a Self-Defense Expert, our keynote speaker Lorna Selig asked that we donate proceeds to Gems for Gems. She says: “I would love to support Gems for Gems. This is an organization the offers support and scholarships to women leaving abusive relationships. This is a group that has been near and dear to my heart since it first began.”
8. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter: Standing Up For Women, Toronto
How you can help: Donate items or funds here
iErnestine’s has been our choice for several events, including our February 4 session on Downsizing for Travel and our March 11 Downsizing #2: Travel LIfestyles Events, and our Solo Travel Wisdom Packing webinars. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter is an organization Carolyn has supported in the past that supports women and children leaving abusive relationships.
Learn more about this organization here: https://ernestines.ca/
From Angela at Ernestine’s:
We at Ernestine’s are always grateful to hear that a new donor joined our family of community supporters, but your decision to join us and support us during this challenging period makes it all the more special and means so much more! Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and we’re so grateful that we are able to provide a safe space for women and children, thanks to donors like you who support our mission.
I was just on your website and learned about the wonderful work that you do helping women travel safely and well. Helping empower women to seek new adventures and build confidence is also part of what we do at Ernestine’s, so I admire the work that you do at JourneyWoman. Warmest wishes to everyone at JourneyWoman and thank you so much for supporting the women and children at Ernestine’s.”
9. Food Banks
How you can help: Volunteer or donate here.
Food Banks of Canada
How you can help: Volunteer or donate here
At our December 2020 Holiday Social, we shared our predictions and resolutions for travel in 2021. Host Carolyn Ray selected Feeding America (US) and Food Banks Canada to help put food on the table over the holidays.
10. Education for All: Education for Girls in Morocco
How you can help: Donate here
For our May 2021 book club on “Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure”, author Alice Morrison asked us to donate proceeds to Education for All, which provides boarding houses for girls so they can continue secondary school in Morocco.
Alice told us that very few girls from the rural communities of the High Atlas Mountains get the opportunity of continuing their education beyond primary school. Secondary schools, mostly several kilometres away in larger towns, are not accessible to them because:
Last but not least – JourneyWoman!
Help us inspire more women to travel solo
JourneyWoman is not a non-profit but we do appreciate your voluntary support. As the past two years have been difficult for the travel, industry, they have also been difficult for the writers who have continued to publish editorial with minimal advertising from our traditional sources. Unlike other publications, we’ve decided to keep all of our editorial free for women. We believe in our mission as the most trusted resource in the world for women’s travel and are grateful and inspired by the passion and outpouring of support from our readers and community. And we have faith that travel will come back in better ways than before!
Should you want to show your appreciation of our editorial, events, book club or other activities, you can make a donation of your choice here and I promise you it will be put to good use. Our team of women thanks you!
The JourneyWoman team: Carolyn, Amanda (editor), Stephanie (Webmistress for JourneyWoman.com), Melissa (Webmistress for our Women’s Travel Directory) enjoying the fall sunshine in our first meeting in many months (all vaccinated). Photo by Tom, who works with our partners