COVID-19 International Relief
Help us support GIVE’s local staff, project initiatives and host communities around the world in response to COVID-19.
For the last 9 years, our local staff and community partners have been the heart and soul of the GIVE experience. They have been the driving force behind our positive impact and the lifelong inspiration for more than 6,000 past volunteers turned global citizens. They have welcomed us into their homes, introduced us to the people and places they love, and never hesitated to step up and support us when we needed them. Now, as they weather the sudden, unexpected and significant economic fallout of COVID-19, it’s our turn to step up and support them.
With the cancellation of our 2020 volunteer programs, GIVE’s Team Human Fundraiser is providing critical assistance for our local staff, project initiatives and community tourism partners around the world.
Let’s band together to support our local partners and projects now, so they will not only survive this crisis, but continue to thrive once it finally passes. From our GIVE family across the globe: ruam mer gun from Thailand; puak hao from Laos; tupo pamoja from Tanzania; sabai sangai jahnae from Nepal; and estamos juntos from Nicaragua. We’re all in this together.
Your donations directly support:
|Reemployment opportunities & benefits for our local staff.||Funding for our ongoing community project initiatives.||Relief for our locally-owned community tourism partners|
Be an Active Supporter!
Create a Facebook Fundraiser
Help us expand our reach by creating an individual fundraiser on Facebook. This is a quick and super effective way to share within your own community. Sharing your personal story with your own network will be a huge help in reaching our collective goal!
In a world without COVID-19, our talented team of guides, education coordinators, worksite managers, mahouts, drivers, chefs, engineers, and so many other important team members would be working full-time to facilitate our international volunteer programs from May-August and December-January. As we have all experienced, this crisis unfolded extraordinarily quickly and, for our local staff, just weeks before they were scheduled to start the summer season. With such little forewarning, limited to no government assistance, and very few employment opportunities available during this economic downturn, our local teams have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19.
The Team Human Fundraiser is our critical first step in getting them back to work. As often as possible, our goal is to use these funds to reemploy our local staff in maintaining and developing our existing project initiatives, which are further outlined in the sections below. In situations where local public health guidelines and/or necessary personnel make it difficult for certain staff to be reemployed, we will provide unemployment benefits to help ease the immediate economic burden.
#2 FUNDING FOR STUDENTS4STUDENTS & OTHER PROJECTS
Funding for teacher salaries, student scholarships, elephant welfare & conservation, agricultural training, literacy programs, community infrastructure, computer science education & nutritional school gardens.
Tanzania: Grant-Aided Public School
- Your donations fund year-round teacher salaries, school maintenance projects, and development of the nutritional student garden at the Skuli Ya Kairo GIVE in Kairo, Zanzibar.
Thailand – Elephant Welfare, English Education & Nutritional School Gardens
- Your donations support a full-time English teacher and nutritional student gardens for schools in the rural hill-tribe communities of Muang Khong, as well as wages for mahouts (elephant caretakers).
Laos – Student Scholarships & Sustainable Agriculture Training
- Your donations fund scholarships for more than ninety students, as well as expert agricultural training to drive production, efficiency & ecological benefits for local farmers in our host community of Sop Chem.
Nicaragua – Preschool, Literacy & Computer Science Education
- Your donations fund year-round teacher salaries & educational supplies for pre-school and literacy programs on Little Corn Island, as well as Computer Science and English education at the Bottle School in Jiquilillo.
Nepal – Primary Education & Women’s Empowerment
- Your donations fund teacher salaries & educational supplies for the primary education of more than 30 students, as well as the construction of a Women’s Center in the rural community of Paslang.
#3 RELIEF FOR COMMUNITY TOURISM PARTNERS
Maintaining GIVE’s global infrastructure and supporting our locally-owned community tourism partners to weather the economic downturn until tourism returns and they’re back on their feet.
Over the last decade, we have formed lasting partnerships with locally-run trekking companies, elephant sanctuaries, guesthouses, community tourism operators, and so many other responsible businesses that are expanding opportunities and driving lasting, positive change in their own communities. These businesses are the foundation of GIVE’s operations in each country, but many of them are struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the pandemic. We are proud to use our platform to offer relief to these local, social entrepreneurs until tourism returns and they’re back on their feet.
Other ways you can GIVE!
Create a Facebook fundraiser! Follow these 5 easy steps to create your own Facebook Fundraiser! Engaging your network with your personal story will immensely help us reach our goal.