2013: Adventures of Pachy
2014: School visit in rural Uganda
In September of 2014, our tour group stopped at a local school in rural Uganda. We had raised enough money to purchase and donate soccer uniforms for the school's soccer team. They had never had uniforms before. We also brought along many school supplies, books, and cash donations to help their students continue to strive for academic achievement. We also brought letters written by a second grade class in the US to establish a pen-pal writing program.
In 2013, Marisa Meisters, owner of WorldwideXplorer®, published her first children's book, Adventures of Pachy. 10% of all proceeds raised from book sales go back into helping people on future excursions and are used to purchase more supplies.
The book tells a fictional story about a baby elephant and is illustrated with Marisa's photos from Africa. Appropriate for animal lovers of all ages; suited for Kindergarten to 2nd grade reading levels.
Paperback version (from Amazon): http://amzn.to/1gbdJMs
Kindle version (from Amazon): http://amzn.com/B00FIOMXL2/?tag=worldwidexplorer-20
When we visited Peru in late December of 2012, we had the pleasure of meeting children from a rural community group that lives at 13,000 feet elevation. We quickly came to learn that the children need a lot of school supplies such as books, notebooks, pens, paper, etc. The following day after meeting them, we stopped in a school supply store in Cusco to purchase pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, art supplies, and more; enough to last them for at least a full school year, and probably longer.
During our June, 2013 10 day Botswana to Zambia tour, we stopped at two schools and a village to donate much needed school supplies. Some of the items donated to the schools included a laptop computer, notebooks, writing paper, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, and more. Some of the teachers in our group also donated useful classroom items such as posters and similar educational gifts for the children.
At our village stop, we donated vitamins for children, many pairs of socks (as the Kalahari Desert gets cold at night), pens, pencils, coloring books, crayons, and more.
2012: School supplies for children in Peru
2013: Schools and village in Botswana
We believe in helping people each time that we run our tours, and even when we are not touring. These are some of the things we've done lately to help people in the destinations that we visit.
In 2012, we found a wholesaler of pens, selling pens for pennies on the dollar. Knowing that there are plenty of schools in Botswana that need pens, we quickly ordered a bunch and shipped them to Botswana. Within days of receiving the shipment, our contact there distributed the pens to the children at a rural primary school. The children and administration really appreciated the gift, and each child received two pens.
2012: Pens for a school in Botswana
In May of 2015, WorldwideXplorer® was proud to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network, which benefits local children who need hospital care. Thank you to our local Milton, Georgia area Costco store which proudly hung banners supporting WorldwideXplorer® and other small businesses who were involved in this project.
2015: Children's Miracle Network
As part of our safari in September of 2014, we visited the headquarters of Gorilla Doctors in Musanze where we learned all about what this wonderful organization does to help wild gorillas. We gave them several donations. We also got to meet wonderful Doctor Jan, who recently completed her service to this amazing organization.