And yes, Maria Montessori Institute.
At first we thought it would seem lazy not to choose, like an easy way out, but actually it gives donors the choice between a large(ish) internationally recognised body whose transparency is reassuring, and a more human-sized charity with a touching story that people can relate to.
Tusk has many projects throughout most of the countries on our route, and we hope to visit some of them to share their progress and achievements. Under royal patronage, Tusk has broadened its approach to conservation by becoming more holistic: conservation through education. The seemingly evident concept of teaching people that looking after nature will bring far more – through eco-tourism amongst others – than by simply burning out the land for pasturage; showing the true value of Africa’s unbelievably rich ecosystems.
Educateurs Sans Frontières is a Maria Montessori Institute (MMI) division taking education beyond borders, applying what the eponymous method was originally designed to achieve: creating an environment where children can develop themselves through their own experiences. We will be supporting one of ESF’s pilot projects in Kenya, the Corner of Hope, a prime example of how much Montessori can achieve at all levels of society and especially working with values of self-reliance and worth essential to a sustainable development of the individual, and ultimately of the community.
DONATIONS ARE EVENLY SPLIT BETWEEN BOTH CHARITIES.
WE DO NOT HANDLE THIS £€$, VIRGIN MONEY GIVING DOES, IT GOES STRAIGHT TO THE PROJECTS ON THE GROUND.
THIS MONEY DOES NOT GO TOWARDS THE COSTS OF THE TRIP WHATSOEVER.
Sadly, we aren’t able to support all 400,000 charities close to our hearts, so although we aren’t able to support them financially, we will support them with our words. This means we will try and visit other projects which we feel may be of interest to you, and offer you the choice to support them in whichever way you choose.
“I believe that our identity is intimately associated with a deep historical sense of continuity with wild places and the animals that live there – that we have an ancient, genetic memory of where we come from. These are the places that permit us to say, sometimes unreservedly, ‘it is as if this place is in my blood…it is as if I have come home'”. Ian McCallum, Ecological Intelligence.