A charity that gives global travellers an easy way to make a difference in the destinations they visit is making a big difference in Grenada, according to a report in the Spice Islander.
Two guests at Grenada’s up-market Calabash hotel have donated household items to the island’s emergency shelter for teenage girls, which provides a refuge and valuable life skills to underprivileged young women.
The visitors, known only as ‘Mr and Mrs Dennison’ made the donation through an innovative new charity called Pack for a Purpose. The non-profit’s mission is to positively impact communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit.
We get the criticism that well-intentioned charitable initiatives all too often fail to address the structural causes of poverty but in lieu of a revolution and while we wait for the transformative effects of resistance to kick in, solutions such as this do provide support to those in need.
Pack for a Purpose posts supply lists online for travelers visiting affiliated properties in developing nations, then arranges for donated items to be picked up from the hotel. The lists are provided directly by the local community-based projects which receive and use the goods, enabling travelers to make informed decisions and to bring items which meet the needs of those who will be using them.
In addition to the donations to the emergency shelter, cheques were also distributed to the Bel Air Children’s Home, the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children, the Dorothy Hopkin Centre, the Programme for Adolescent Mothers as well staff training and supplies allocated for the Father Mallaghan’s Home for Boys in Victoria.
According to the Calabash, in the past year, Pack for a Purpose, which in 2012 won a Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award, has made a priceless impact in the lives of local children and families. Indeed a representative from the Bel Air Home for Children has stated that the initiative is the single most effective and consistent scheme that has worked for the Home.