Investing in women is key to eradicating poverty, abuse (sexual and domestic violence) amongst teenage mothers.
These charities not only provide food, shelter, education and a trade for these young women, but also a safe community with mental and emotional support.
SIA MONDO ESCAPES SUPPORTS THE JUANFE FOUNDATION IN COLOMBIA, WHERE YOUNG WOMEN AND THEIR BABIES ARE A HIGHLY VULNERABLE POPULATION AND ARE AT RISK OF MALNUTRITION. THIS PANDEMIC EXACERBATES THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE JUANFE IS THEIR MAIN FOOD RESOURCE.
When I first heard about Juanfe and the tragic story behind it, I knew this was a charity that pulled all the strings in my heart and I wanted to do all I could to help this amazing organisation.
Juanfe started in 2001 when Catalina Escobar, the founder of Juanfe, still grieving from her own tragic loss of her son, just 18 months old, fell from an 8th floor balcony in a terrible accident. Months later she was volunteering in a neonatal clinic and a 12-day-old baby died in her arms because the teenage mum couldn’t afford to pay $30 for the medical fees needed to save her baby.
Determined other mothers wouldn’t have to suffer the same fate. Catalina quit her private sector job and created Juanfe so she could improve the health and wellness of teenage mums even in the poorest Colombian communities, providing an education, giving them a path to financial security, self esteem and personal fulfilment.
Juanfe has changed the lives of thousands of young women’s but there is still more work to do, and so I want to help this cause as it really is close to a personal story. With each Colombian trip sold, I will donate a percentage of each sale to the foundation, supporting health, well-being, and education for families stuck in poverty and fear. If you would like to read more or make a personal donation, press the button below which will take you directly to their website.
SIA MONDO ESCAPES SUPPORTS MANTAY IN PERU WHERE THEY SHELTER, GUIDE AND SUPPORT MOTHERS BETWEEN 12 AND 18 YEARS OLD WHO HAVE COME FROM A SITUATION OF PERSONAL & SOCIAL RISK AT THE REQUEST OF STATE ENTITIES, AS A PROTECTION MEASURE.
Sometimes when you put yourself into the life of another woman, you realise how fortunate you are and however small a contribution is, it will one hundred per cent change her life. That’s how we felt when we were introduced to Mantay.
It was founded ten years ago as primarily a safe house for young mothers and pregnant girls from troubled backgrounds, many who have been victims of sexual abuse, neglect and violence. Mantay aims to empower them, offering them the support they need to live as strong, independent members of society, capable of taking care of themselves and their children.
When the women reach the age of 18, Casa Mantay offers them a self-contained flat within the house until they feel ready to leave. Even then, they’ll continue to receive support.
Running Mantay requires a large number of staff and lots of resources. At Sia Mondo we would like to donate a percentage from all our Peru trip sales to help this foundation. If you would like to read more or make a personal donation, press the button below which will take you directly to the Mantay website. (If you open this in Chrome the website will automatically be translated from Spanish to English)
Nourish Eco Village, South Africa
SIA MONDO ESCAPES SUPPORTS NOURISH ECO VILLAGE IN SOUTH AFRICA, WHERE THEY LINK CONSERVATION NEEDS, ISSUES AND IDEALS WITH COMMUNITY ISSUES AND IDEALS. NOURISH AIMS AT FINDING INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO CONSERVATION ISSUES SUCH AS POVERTY, LOW EDUCATION STANDARDS, LACK OF FOOD SECURITY AND UNEMPLOYMENT.
There are two things I’m really passionate about, animals, wildlife, and rehabilitation, and also children, teenage mums and education. When I was introduced to Nourish who focusses on both in such a genuine and meaningful way, I knew I had to know more and wanted Sia Mondo to help this project that was impacting thousands of lives.
Sarah, founder of Nourish, came from the ‘right’ side of the fence so to speak, she was white, her family owned luxury lodges and she had money and privileges people in neighbouring villages didn’t have. Something didn’t sit well with her having this privilege, and whilst working at an elephant research company, she was introduced to Induna (the chief of the local village of Sigagule, a small rural community which borders the Greater Kruger National Park). Sarah told the chief of her vision to help his community access the wildlife spaces, to bring children on field trips, and to help the older generation in his village access direct income and benefit from tourism. She told him how she wanted to build an education centre to support children with English, to help them access jobs in the local lodges, and a craft centre to allow people to create livelihoods from selling their wares.
She applied for a hectare of land in this community and after a year of negotiating with the Tribal authorities she was granted a 99-year lease on the land now known as the Nourish Eco village.
Nourish is changing the lives of thousands of children and local communities but there is always so much more to do. Sia Mondo will be donating a percentage from each sale from our South African trips straight to the foundation. If you would like to read more or make a personal donation, press the button below which will take you directly to the Nourish website.