Thank you to all of our amazing readers for another great year of adventure. While much of the world remained inaccessible, many of us once again started following our dreams of traveling the world. While it wasn’t easy, we navigated some of the most complicated and sometimes even stressful entry requirements in order to travel again.
This holiday season, Travel Off Path wants to give back and we need your help. We remain one of the last major independent travel news companies in the world and while we may not have a huge budget, we have big hearts. We have already contributed $4000 to families in need and are looking to raise another $5000 before the end of 2021.
This year we chose a charity in Colombia to help that we have personally been involved with over the last few months. I was drawn to Colombia as it has become a tourism hotspot due to the easy entry requirements. Once I was there I realized that while tourism seems to be booming, it doesn’t appear to be helping those that are living in poverty. I spent the last 2 months working with foundations throughout the city and realized there is a massive poverty problem affecting families and children outside the shiny tourists areas.
We are hoping that our readers will rally behind us and help us put big smiles on these kids faces for the holidays.
The founders of Travel Off Path, Trevor and Kashlee Kucheran, are proud to announce that we will be raising funds for children living in extreme poverty in Medellin, Colombia. This includes Venezuelan refugees and Colombian families that have lost everything. There is no government financial support, and the children are the ones who are suffering the most.
Many of the children are living in tiny, shared rooms with up to 12 people sleeping on the floor while over 50 people share 1 toilet and 1 shower with no doors. Child sexual abuse and hunger run rampant within these communal living spaces but with our help we can get these families back on their feet and living in the safety of their own spaces.
This Christmas, Kashlee and I will be flying to Colombia to help volunteer with the charity, Suenos Y Huellas ‘Dreams & Footprints of Tomorrow’. We want to give these families and children hope heading into the New Year. With your support we can make a bigger impact and help these kids see a brighter future ahead.
Donated funds will go 100% directly to the following:
- Counseling for children who are victims of abuse
- Emergency food and nutrition support for families in dire need
- Job and skills training for sexually exploited teens
- Safe place for kids while families are in transition
- Safe housing for families with young children
Any amount will help to end the cycle of these families living in extreme poverty and help the children with new opportunities for a better future.
Once again thank you for being loyal readers and please give what you can.
These girls wanted to share a song as a thank you for your donation.
Volunteer Opportunities Coming Soon
The Suenos Y Huellas foundation will soon be launching a new volunteer program in 2022 that will give people a chance to see the poverty first hand and make a difference in the lives of the children and families. Currently a new volunteer house is being set up where travelers will be able to live like a local in Medellin while giving their time. I have done it for the last 4 weeks and it has changed my life forever.
Please email me at: [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering in 2022.