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Global Youth Travel Awards 2017

Manchester, United Kingdom — 22-25 September 2009

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Best Social Responsibility Initiative 2017

World Nomads

With two billion of the world’s population living on less than $2 a day, alleviating crushing poverty and the health, social and environmental ills that accompany it, is everyone’s moral responsibility. Yet the extent of world poverty can seem so overwhelming that many of us are left feeling helpless. A commitment to overcome this feeling of powerlessness is what motivated World Nomads to found The Footprints Network, which connects travelers to projects run by established charities so that they can help fund projects in destinations that they care about. The funds for these community-based projects are raised through micro-donations at the point of sale. All administration and technology costs are paid by World Nomads to ensure that 100% of donations go directly to the projects.

To date 1,049,771 travelers have donated raising $2,761,185 to change lives by funding 174 community development projects worldwide.

Some examples:

  • The Youth Vocational Training Project in Cambodia which supported 252 disadvantaged young people (159 young women and 67 young men) to complete vocational skills training linked to employment and self-employment opportunities.
  • A Women’s Financial Literacy project in Malawi that allowed 79 Village Saving Loans groups to open bank accounts, depositing US$15,597 and 1,185 Village Saving Loan members to open individual accounts, depositing US$10,934.
  • Women’s Small Business Enterprise project in Vietnam resulted in 1125 women establish agriculture businesses.

Footprints empowers travellers enabling them to make a significant difference, being able to choose which individual project to fund and to constantly monitor the progress of the project.

Learn more about the Footprints Network here.