Intrepid Travel’s non-profit The Intrepid Foundation, in partnership with the NGO MEDLIFE, has delivered meals to over 350 families in Peru’s Sacred Valley. The Intrepid Foundation raised AUD 20,000 (USD 15458) to provide the meals, which will help to feed more than 1,700 people.
Many of these families are cooks and porters whose livelihoods have been directly impacted by the lack of tourism due to the ongoing global health crisis. The Intrepid Foundation worked locally with the NGO MEDLIFE, which supports low-income communities in Latin America with access to medicine, education, and food aid.
“The entire tourism industry has been severely impacted by this pandemic. But as a sustainable tour operator, we are committed to giving back and supporting local communities even through the most challenging times,” said Gary Cohen, Intrepid’s general manager for Latin America. “Our work with MEDLIFE has allowed us to provide critical support to families whose livelihood depends on international tourism.”
Intrepid Travel is the world’s largest travel B Corp. The adventure travel company has globally adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice.
Despite the challenges faced over the last 12 months, The Intrepid Foundation has remained committed to its SDG goals and supporting local communities with partners like MEDLIFE through its COVID-19 appeal. In addition to their work in Peru, the COVID-19 appeal is supporting projects all over the world including women’s education in Morocco and food security in Nepal.
Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has donated over AUD 10 million to over 130 global community organizations.