When women can’t access a basic education because of their gender, when young people beg for food because they have been orphaned, when impoverished mothers who are singularly responsible for their families seek work to shelter them–such circumstances may impress us in the United States as insurmountable but somehow women and children in developing countries often prevail.
Here at home our decisions may be as simple as not reaching for that second piece of cake, whether to accept that job offer, or planning the next adventure. But there is a common thread between both the easy and complex challenges–being bold.
At the WanderWorld Foundation the Be Bold mantra guides our work. “We are capable of far more than we ever give ourselves credit for,” said Founder Beth Whitman.
“Changing your mindset and looking for opportunities to Be Bold makes us better human beings,” she said.
The Foundation has been working closely with charities around the world by providing funds to help women and children in developing countries. Nonprofit organization programs supported by WanderWorld are the same ones visited by WanderTours participants. “The WanderWorld Foundation is the giving component of WanderTours,” said Whitman. She explained that the company donates to a program and the travel groups are (usually) able to visit the recipient charity during the tour.
WanderTours travelers have the chance to not only see how their WanderWorld Foundation donations are being spent but also to experience one-to-one interaction with the local charities be it a cooking school that supports street kids in Vietnam, an orphanage in India, or a nunnery in Bhutan or Myanmar.
Whitman believes there’s nothing bolder or more empowering than to see how small donations can impact a young woman when she is given the chance to learn English and get a job, or when an orphaned child has shoes to wear to school.
Boldness manifests itself in many different ways, and improves lives. Follow along with the WanderWorld Foundation to learn more about our Be Bold moments and how our efforts, both large and small, help embolden women and children abroad.