When I traveled with my daughter Natalie to the UNHCR World Refugee Day conference in Washington DC, I never imagined that she would take the extra step and find a way to help people in need. She and her friend decided to turn their love for trekking into a humanitarian mission to bring school supplies to children who are too poor to afford them.
They founded Trek for Change a site to help raise awareness of what two people can accomplish if they like to change the world one trek at the time!
It all started with her trip to Peru, when she spend time getting to know her local tour guide and learning about the villagers and the hardship they have to endure.
She learned that children in poor countries value education the most, since education can provide them with a better way of life. Often schools are too far to get to and supplies almost non existent. Some kids have to walk for hours through dangerous terrain to get to the closest school and schools often lack the supplies needed to have their pupils be productive when at home.
With this in mind, my daughter and her friend decided to pack their travel gear with school supplies for children and deliver them personally to the remote locations they visit on their treks. Their first mission is taking them to Jamaica and she needs our help! Imagine leaving behind your beauty supplies, the x-amount of garments to look good in and provide you with comfort while away from home to carry around school supplies to hand out to children you do not know! Well, that's what she will be doing and I have to say I am super proud of her!
Natalie is raising funds and has a donation box set up on her Trek for Change blog. I didn't have much time to paint something for auction, but of course I had to pitch in. If you do not like to make a monetary contribution would you please help spread the word through the social networking sites you know. The more awareness they can raise to their cause the more children will benefit. Thank you !