Promoting Gender Equality and Sustainable Community Development
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – WANT Expeditions – the world leader in highly personalized, conservation-oriented small group travel – is pleased to announce its partnership with nonprofit organizations On The Ground Global and Twin for the upcoming event Run Across Congo.
In May 2015, a seven day, seven marathon expedition along the shores of Lake Kivu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo will raise awareness and funds for the inspiring female coffee farmers, farming families and cooperatives working toward gender equality in the region. The project is headed up by On The Ground Global – nonprofit organization that supports sustainable community development in farming regions across the world – and UK-based nonprofit Twin – pioneer and leader of the fair trade movement, working to build better lives for the poorest and most marginalized in the trading chain.
The first Run Across Congo will celebrate the re-emergence of the coffee industry after twenty years of civil war that have left nearly six million dead as runners traverse Africa’s Great Lakes region of farming communities where On The Ground Global and Twin have existing relationships with coffee cooperatives and local officials.
WANT Expeditions is thrilled to be supporting such an important cause, as the project will introduce farmers to practical initiatives supporting women’s empowerment and gender equality at both farm and cooperative levels. WANT Expeditions runs immersive trips to regions across the globe, and the continued involvement with and support of such issues will remain of the utmost importance to the tour operator.
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About WANT Expeditions
WANT Expeditions is the world leader in highly personalized, conservation-oriented small group travel, connecting travelers, adventurers, photographers and conservationists from all over the world through expeditions to see the most amazing natural phenomena that exist on our planet. The company only uses local (and often family owned) business partners, practices strong conservation measures, supports protection of cultures and traditions, discourages hand-outs and encourages letting go of western ideals to experience true cultural immersion.
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