Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products, has partnered with Global CommUnity to create the destination-specific recipes and shopping lists as a part of our pre-engagement program..
We are excited to be offering in our 2019 itineraries opportunities to meet The Whole Planet community partners at participating destinations. These partners have received a loan disbursement from The Whole Planet Foundation to fund their entrepreneurial businesses. Travelers will be given opportunities to hear personal stories, patronize businesses and further engage on the topic of community empowerment and solving social issues.
Sample destinations include: Costa Rica, Morocco, Peru and United States
Our purpose for offering these opportunities is three-fold:
• To explain the powerful impact that micro-loans has on poverty alleviation and to teach the concept that elevating someone’s platform, giving them the ability to provide long term for their family while being an engaged member of their community, has a more powerful impact on poverty alleviation than a one day or multi-day volunteer offering
• To further the discussion that as much as we might look different and have different customs, beliefs or traditions, as humanity, we are dealing with similar community issues
• To continue to offer life-changing opportunities for families and adult travelers to engage each other and the world around them, altering worldviews and broadening perspectives with the hope of creating more empathetic humans
In the manners of traditional hospitality, gratitude is often expressed with the presentation a hostess gift. We encourage our families that travel with us to consider giving a hostess gift by participating in Pack for a Purpose.
Pack for a Purpose's mission is to positively impact communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to take meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit. Their goal is to assist travelers who want to say thank you in this manner or who simply want to expand their generosity beyond their own communities. The supply lists for destinations on their website are provided directly by the local community-based projects that receive and use the supplies, enabling travelers to make informed decisions and to take items that meet the needs of those who will be using them.
Global CommUnity is proud to partner with Sew for Hope, a non-profit in Nashville that teaches refugee women to sew, enabling them to start their own businesses and equipping them with economic independence as they settle in their new home country. Global CommUnity's international dolls are made by graduates from this program that have relocated from Myanmar.