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Explore Worldwide launches grassroots charity to give back to community

The Explore Foundation aims to positively impact the lives of people in the communities it visits and build relationships for travellers.

The Explore Foundation aims to give back to the communities it visits.

Explore Worldwide has breathed life into a new charity which aims to help travellers positively impact the lives of communities worldwide.

The Explore Foundation has been set up to support grassroots projects that target poverty, increase access to education and healthcare, and promote conservation.

The foundation is the brainchild of small group adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide, who recently surveyed 1,000 Australians who are regular international holiday travellers.

Results showed that the biggest barriers to visitors supporting local communities included lack of awareness of community needs (32%), lack of knowledge (30%) and lack of information on how to give back to the communities visited (30%).

“Launching a Foundation is probably one of the single things that we’re most proud of in our 41-year history,” said Explore Managing Director, Michael Edwards.

“We’re a company that puts purpose alongside profit and we know that travel can be a real force for good in the world.

“This is the very exciting next step in our sustainability strategy and it’s going to be absolutely core to what we do in the future.”

The One Bike project aims to improve the lives of local children through bicycles.

The Foundation is launching with two projects – One Bike in Tanzania and Lone Buffalo in Laos – with more to follow.

Set at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, One Bike is a social enterprise that uses bicycles to empower and improve the local community through education, environmental awareness and promoting sustainable tourism.

To celebrate the launch of the Explore Foundation, the company will match all One Bike donations in July up to the value of 25 new bikes. With an initial donation of 50 bikes provided by the foundation, they hope to fund 100 new bikes this month alone.

In Laos, Lone Buffalo has developed a program called Develop Together, which aims to give secondary school students (in which only three per cent of young people are in attendance) access to learning opportunities and expert workshops, to encourage them to reach their full academic potential.

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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 5 July 2023

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