Friends of NOAH Canada (South Africa)
There are currently about 3.7 million orphans in South Africa of which about half are HIV/AIDS orphans. NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity) empowers communities to care for their vulnerable children by providing the knowledge, skills, strategies and self-confidence needed to ensure their well-being. Greg Sacks (one of our founders), and his family raised funds for a NOAH project on the outskirts of Cape Town. Their donation helped build a perimeter fence around the playground of the orphanage, so that the children would have a safe place to play. Greg visited the orphanage in February 2012 and helped with the construction.
Reforest Patagonia (Chile)
In December 2011, a massive forest fire destroyed 42,500 acres of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. One of the great landscapes of South America, we send travellers to this park and others in Patagonia every year. After so much of the vegetation had been lost, we wanted to find a way to help with the recovery of the region, and discovered Reforest Patagonia. The goal is to plant over a million trees in Chile’s national parks in 2012, and you can contribute your own tree on the website.
Integra Foundation (Canada)
The Integra Foundation runs programs to assist children with learning disabilities and their families. Integra offers individual, group and family therapy, as well as a summer program, Camp Towhee, where kids can develop coping mechanisms and meet friends. At their recent fundraising event, we donated a Trufflepig Trip Planning Fee to be auctioned off in support of the charity.
Terre de Liens (France)
Terre de Liens helps organic and peasant farmers receive access to land, and promotes alternative ways to share land as a common good. The 2,400 hectares of land owned by the organization supports 200 farmers in France who are committed to sustainable agricultural production. Trufflepig feels strongly about the responsible production of food and preservation of the environment—after all, without the continued care of different environments around the world, there’d be nowhere left to travel to. We donated to Terre de Liens in September 2012 to help fund their programs.
Uthando (South Africa)
Uthando South Africa raises funds for several community development projects, with issues issues ranging from domestic abuse to sustainable agriculture, prisoner rehabilitation to animal welfare. Smaller projects are welcomed to apply to Uthando for grants to help with their grass roots work. In October 2012, we donated to the Uthando sponsored project Home from Home, which runs community homes for orphaned and vulnerable South African children.
Good Shepherd Ministries (Canada)
The Good Shepherd Centre is a refuge that offers food, clothing and shelter to the homeless and disadvantaged in Toronto. Good Shepherd Ministries also runs programs to help house homeless seniors and people living with AIDS and HIV. Donations of basic goods (food, clothing, toiletries) are often needed just as much as money—check out the wish list on their site to find out how you can help.
Whole World Water (Everywhere)
Whole World Water is a remarkable campaign to address the fact that nearly 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water. They provide member hotels with a water filtration system and stylish glass bottles, so they can bottle and sell their own water. 10% of the proceeds go to the Whole Water Fund which supports a variety of drinking water projects. In one fell swoop they are providing clean drinking water to those who need it most, eliminating plastic bottle waste (and related toxins), and reducing carbon emissions from shipping.