While my trip didn't specifically originate from a fund raising perspective, it is an opportunity to bring whatever limited awareness I can offer to two organizations I support that are making significant differences through very straightforward measures: Conservacion Patagonica and American Himalayan Foundation Stop Girl Trafficking. If you'd like to show your support for my ride, you can do so by contributing to either fund that resonates with you and help them continue the wonderful work they've already started. Thanks in advance, it means a great deal to me.
From an environmental standpoint, one of the greatest things we can do is simply let the earth manage itself. Headed up by Kristine and Doug Tompkins, the simplicity of Conservacion Patagonica is amazing - work with a host of conservationist groups, local communities and volunteers to help set aside large tracks of land as national parks and remove man-made obstacles preventing nature from running its course. With fences rolled up and over 200,000 acres of land stiched together in Chacabuco Valley, Patagonia Park is one of CP's largest projects that is in the process of becoming Patagonia National Park. The Park has given rise to restored habitats and species and the return of multiple scales of biodiversity after years of overgrazing and over-use. Conservacion Patagonica is working to keep Patagonia wild for generations to come by simply getting out of the way to let nature do its own thing.
Link to the Mile for Mile campaign for Conservacion Patagonica
STOP GIRL TRAFFICKING
Several years ago the American Himalayan Foundation partnered with Dr. Aruna Uprety and Rural Health and Education Services to create Stop Girl Trafficking. Dr. Uprety experienced Nepalese girls as young as nine being trafficked into the sex trade or into domestic servitude because their families were too poor to provide for their education. As many as 20,000 girls a year from the poorest sections of Nepal are lured by traffickers with promises of better jobs. Many end up HIV positive and dead. Dr. Uprety's strategy was simply to enter the villages where girls where at most risk and, with the help of AHF, provide both a scholarship for them to stay in school and counseling to their families about trafficking. A straight forward and incredibly effective way of cutting off the problem at the source. Started with only 54 girls, Stop Girl Trafficking has currently placed over 10,000 young adults in schools.
Most of us are born into families where education is paramount and the road is fairly well paved for success. These girls are born into a situation conspiring against them immediately if they're not allowed the opportunity to continue their education. A simple strategy for a complex problem.
Link to: Stop Girl Trafficking