Are you the kind of person who picks up garbage alongside the road or on a beach? Do you like to give a child a gift when you arrive in a village? Maybe a much needed shirt, pens, or a school book? Do you return your shopping cart when you’re done rather than leave it abandoned in the parking lot?
If so, you’re our kind of people! A continuous part of our World School journey is to leave the world a better place because we’ve been in it. We love to travel to remote locations around the world that don’t have what we consider modern luxuries, like a grocery store, transportation, or electricity. They often don’t have clean water or access to reasonable health care.
In these places, you often meet the most enduring and endearing people! They often want for nothing, work hard, and welcome you with open arms into their homes and offer you food they’ve grown.
We have worked disaster relief after cyclones have struck small islands and donated food, building materials, medical supplies and services. We transported water catchment systems and water filters (much needed). If we catch a fish en route to a village, we share. We trade flour, rice and eggs for locally grown fruits and vegetables.
We provision prior to most journeys, trying to foresee the needs of the people we’ll be meeting. We try to identify people who have traveled there recently to get insider information about what the people really need and/or want.
We currently have stocked up coconut graters, cloth, fishing gear, sewing gear, kitchen utensils, solar powered light bulbs, chisels for wood carving, clothing and school books to donate and trade throughout the Banks, Solomons, and Papau New Guinea Islands. We are most excited about providing the solar powered lightbulbs to the people living in thatch huts without electricity!! This will make a big impact on their lives.
If they don’t have electricity, they often use flash lights. We’ve been told they often ask for D cell batteries for all their flashlights because they have no stores or cash economy to secure batteries. They burn fires indoors, leading to significant lung and other health issues. They do not have a garbage system and the dead batteries end up on or in the ground.
We are also stocking up on medical supplies as their access to care is VERY limited. We’ve heard the children have fungal skin infections and lice. We’ve stocked up on antibiotic creams, antifungal creams, fabric bandaids, and lice combs. We have soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste to distribute also.
We work to create a balance of gifting in exchange for something so as not to create a dependent state of some of the most wonderful, caring, and self-sufficient people in the world. Often that “something” is a tour of their village, a few green beans they’ve grown, a cup of tea, or some local knowledge.
We are not established as a charity for tax write-off purposes, but we appreciate any support you may have available to expand and increase our ability to provide goods and services to communities in need. We have no overhead, the donations go directly to people in need. So if you are considering buying Starbucks for the guy in line behind you or sponsoring someone’s drive thru meal, please give our philanthropic efforts a consideration. We will continue to do them with or without support. We’d LOVE to ship in more solar lights before our next journey, but our budget only goes so far. Thank you for your time and consideration!!