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Making a Difference: Get involved with NGO's & NFP's

Updated: May 7, 2023

At Indy Escapes, we are committed to making a positive impact on the world. As avid travellers, we have seen firsthand the many challenges facing communities around the globe, from poverty and lack of education to environmental degradation and animal welfare. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution that a variety of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NFPs) that help support vulnerable people, disadvantage communities and conservation projects.

These organisations share a common commitment to making a difference and by supporting these organisations, we are able to contribute to vital initiatives that range from wildlife conservation to education and poverty alleviation. We believe that it is our responsibility as travellers to give back to the places we visit, and we are proud to work with some of these organisations to help create a brighter future for everyone.

If you are reading this, then we have no doubt that your heart is also in the right place, so we have created a list of list of some incredible organisations from all over the world, that share the same values. Please feel free to request more information or contact them directly.

Ruben Centre is a non-profit organization located in the Mukuru Slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The center was established in 1986 by the Christian Brothers with the aim of improving the lives of people living in the slums. The center provides a range of services to the community, including education, healthcare, and community development programs.

Ruben Centre's education program provides primary and secondary education to over 3,000 children in the slums. The center's healthcare program includes a medical clinic, a laboratory, and a pharmacy that provides essential healthcare services to the community. Additionally, Ruben Centre's community development programs focus on issues such as water and sanitation, women's empowerment, and entrepreneurship.

At Indy Escapes, we are proud to support the Ruben Centre in their efforts to improve the lives of those living in the Mukuru slums. We believe that education, healthcare, and community development are crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty and creating a better future for the community. By supporting the Ruben Centre, we hope to contribute to this important work and make a positive impact in the lives of those who need it most.

The Whale Shark Research Project in the Maldives is an initiative that focuses on the conservation of these majestic creatures. The Maldives is a popular spot for whale shark sightings, and this project aims to study their behavior, migration patterns, and habitat in order to better understand and protect them. The research is carried out through a combination of in-water and on-land activities, such as photo-identification, tagging, and monitoring of the sharks' movements.

Our company is proud to support this project as part of our commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism. By supporting initiatives like the Whale Shark Research Project, we hope to not only protect these amazing animals but also raise awareness among our guests about the importance of preserving the environment and the natural wonders that we are fortunate to experience during our travels.

Street Child is an organization that strives to create opportunities for children in Sierra Leone and other developing countries to access education and improve their lives. Their work includes building schools, training teachers, and providing scholarships to help children stay in school. Street Child also works with families and communities to address the root causes of poverty and promote sustainable development. By supporting Street Child, we are contributing to the empowerment of the next generation in Sierra Leone and helping to create a brighter future for all.

The Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon is an annual event that aims to raise awareness and funds for vulnerable children in Sierra Leone. It is a unique opportunity for runners from around the world to challenge themselves while making a difference in the lives of those in need. The marathon course takes runners through the beautiful scenery of Sierra Leone, passing through local villages and past historical landmarks. Participants can choose to run the full marathon, half marathon, or 5K race, and are encouraged to fundraise for Street Child's programs that support education, child protection, and livelihoods in the country. The marathon is a true celebration of the resilience and strength of the Sierra Leonean people, and a chance to show support for their continued growth and development.

Cahaya Mutiara is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Bali, Indonesia. The organization's mission is to provide education, health care, and social support to underprivileged children and families in the area. The organization is run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those in need.

Cahaya Mutiara Ubud offers a variety of programs and services to the community, including a preschool for young children, a health clinic, and a variety of outreach programs. The organisation's goal is to empower children and families by providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Through its programs and services, Cahaya Mutiara Ubud has made a positive impact on the lives of countless people in the local community. The organisation is committed to continuing its work and making a lasting difference in the lives of those in need.

Ángeles de Medellín is a non-profit organization based in Medellín, Colombia. The organization was founded in 2009 with the mission of supporting and empowering children and families living in poverty in some of the city's most marginalized neighborhoods.

Ángeles de Medellín provides a range of services and programs to help improve the quality of life for those they serve. This includes educational programs, nutritional support, health services, housing assistance, and community development initiatives. The organization also runs a home for girls who have been victims of abuse or neglect, providing them with a safe and supportive environment.

The work of Ángeles de Medellín has had a significant impact on the lives of many people in Medellín. The organization has helped to break the cycle of poverty for countless families, giving children the opportunity to receive an education and pursue their dreams. The organization is a shining example of what can be achieved when people come together to make a difference in their community.

The Edmund Rice Centre Nairobi is a non-profit organisation that is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised communities of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The organisation's mission is to provide education, healthcare, and other basic necessities to children with disabilities, with a focus on empowering the youth in Nairobi, which helps them to break the cycle of poverty and achieve a better future.

The staff at the center work closely with families to provide ongoing support and ensure that the needs of each child are met. By working to empower children with disabilities and their families, the centre is helping to create a more inclusive and equitable society in Nairobi.

AMES Australia is a not-for-profit organization that provides settlement and employment services to newly arrived refugees and migrants in Australia. Their mission is to ensure that new arrivals are able to fully participate in Australian society and achieve their individual goals. They offer a range of services including language and literacy training, vocational training, job placement assistance, and community support. Through their programs and services, AMES Australia helps to build stronger, more inclusive communities and contributes to the cultural and economic development of the country.

During the 90s, hundreds of adults and children lost their hands and arms to the brutality of the Civil War. E-nable Sierra Leone is a non-profit organization that aims to provide affordable prosthetic limbs to individuals in need. The organization uses 3D printing technology to create customized prosthetic hands and arms, which are then fitted and distributed to those who require them. E-nable Sierra Leone has helped numerous people who have lost limbs due to injury, disease, or other factors, allowing them to regain independence and mobility. The organization also provides training to local healthcare professionals and technicians to improve access to prosthetic services and support the local community.

Your donations will help us to find the best prosthetic materials and models most suitable for use in tropical Africa. Part of the funding will also be used to train amputees and give them a life skill to support themselves.

BAWA is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to animal welfare and reducing animal suffering on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The organization provides a range of animal welfare services, including rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abused animals, providing veterinary care, offering education and training programs to local communities, and advocating for animal rights.

BAWA also runs a shelter where animals in need can receive care and attention until they are able to be rehomed. The organization relies on donations and volunteers to continue their important work, and is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of animals in Bali.

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