Lend a Hand Appeal: support local staff, guides & porters

Our friends in Nepal, Peru, India, Tanzania and Kenya – the guides, porters and administration staff that were the backbone of your last World Expeditions adventure – are in need.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on all of us who derive an income from travel and tourism, equating to millions of jobs lost or at risk in an industry that was just a short time ago a global economic and social force.

During a pandemic the marginalised are not only at greater risk of catching the virus but they are also most likely to suffer the worst effects of the economic downturn.

It's heartbreaking to hear how, for most of those nations, there has been little to no government support and this has impacted the livelihoods of guides, drivers, porters, cooks and staff members behind the scenes.

The trickle down effect on their community and families has caused much fear and anxiety for what many will see as a bleak future ahead while COVID-19 plays out.

The wonderful individuals who have given us so much joy in our travels, are soon to be without income.

You can help by donating to the World Expeditions Foundation’s Lend a Hand Appeal and 100% of funds distributed to the recipients intended and no administration fees withheld.

Who will your donations support?

In line with the mandate of the World Expeditions Foundation, 100% of donations from the appeal will be dispersed to our local partners and their employees in Nepal, Peru, India, Tanzania and Kenya.

These individuals include the field and office team – the guides, porters, drivers, cooks and administration staff.

Please lend a hand today and help make a difference. World Expeditions has kicked off the fundraising with a $AUD1000 donation. 

*Donations over $2 made by Australian residents will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

UPDATE: So far more than 600 food and hygiene care packages have been distributed since October 2020 to stricken communities in Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Peru. Read more about how the first round of funds were distributed here.

Post last updated 13 October 2020.

Thoughtful Travel, Responsible Travel, Community, World Expeditions Foundation

Comments (5)

Isihaku said( Issa)

Its a great idea for looking back to those people who working on this industry. Myself I can see how support full you're. I m keep working with world expedition here in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro as Guide,now I can see your impact to the community over here,we don't have any trip to Kilimanjaro whenever some company they have like two climbers so you can see how this covid affected us.I take this chance to say hello to those friends who came here and they made to the top with me through Snow cap. Can Too, Huma charity and World Expeditions

4 years ago
Shaligram Subedi

Great idea to help tourism workers in this trying time. WE's support to tourism staffs and community in a crucial moment is always appreciable. Similarly, the help provided by WE during the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015 to affected workers, villagers, schools and health centers was incredible.

4 years ago
Heather Hawkins

This is such a wonderful and practical initiative, H :)

4 years ago
scott pinnegar

A fantastic initiative for some of the most hardworking , knowledgeable and passionate guides in the travel industry! Very happy to contribute to help the livelihood of our guides and their families.

4 years ago
Dianne Monson

Great idea to start this. Good luck to everyone.

4 years ago
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