Travel Bloggers Without Borders – Working to Make a Difference!
Each holiday season we always seem to get wrapped up in the endless chase for material possessions. When I was a kid, the holidays were simply about “how much stuff can I get?”, and I am happy to say that I have long shed that consumer mentality and and always thrilled to find a great cause to giving back. This year, we are so excited that we have found a great way to use this blog to try and help out a little bit and give back to the great world around us that has given us so much!
So this year, we are excited to be participating in the first annual Travel Bloggers Without Borders fundraising campaign. Beginning December 16, Latitude 34, in partnership with the Integral Heart Foundation, a Guatemala-based charity focusing on childhood education, and travel bloggers world wide is seeking to raise $10,000 to provide education for 55 children in Guatemala for the 2014 academic year.
Overview of the Integral Heart Foundation
The Integral Heart Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves resource-poor families in the villages surrounding Antigua, Guatemala. The foundation seeks to cultivate a love of learning in children. In addition to helping children, the foundation works to enable mothers to find stable jobs away from the fields, ultimately helping to improve their long-term earning potential.
The Integral Heart Foundation’s Goal
Many children in Guatemala have no access to intellectual stimulation, spending their formative years on their mothers’ backs as they pick coffee or firewood in the mountains, and many begin their lives of menial labor at three or four years old. Guatemala has the lowest rate of child literacy in Central America, and it is estimated that over 50% of the indigenous population is illiterate. Without access to nearby schools, many families are not able to educate their children.
The Integral Heart Foundation is working to deliver a safe atmosphere for education, cleanliness, laughs, and love, and an environment where children are able to just be children while also being intellectually stimulated. While these children are being taught he fundamentals of reading and writing, they are also learning to appreciate the value of maintaining personal hygiene.
Potential Long-Term Impact
This project has the potential to shift these children’s perception of education from complete unawareness to a profound and lasting love. This shift in perception will be multi-generational, as these children will pass on their love and respect for education to their children. The Integral Heart Foundation’s appreciation for culture and the educational advancement of children of such a young age will help foster these children’s hunger for knowledge that will aid them in every stage of their future development.
How to Help Today
The goal of the first annual Travel Bloggers Without Borders fundraising campaign is to raise $10,000, or $180 per child, to provide tuition for 55 children to attend school during the 2014 academic year. Being a global citizen means appreciating what one has, while also looking for ways to help those to whom life has not afforded the same opportunities. This is your chance to do something tangible. Donate whatever you can, whether it be $100, $50, $20, or $10. Every single dollar goes a long way to support a child’s education. Please be generous and help us meet our goal of sending 55 children to school for the 2014 year.
Jeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all.
A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.
Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll respond super fast!