Giving Back to the Marae
Omaramutu Marae is a Maori tribal homeland near Opotiki, New Zealand. Canyon Calling’s New Zealand tour groups have stayed overnight at Omaramutu more than a dozen times since the first trip in 1999. On a recent trip, host Petera Hudson took us on a tour of their brand new commercial kitchen. He told us all the appliances and new fixtures and fittings were all purchased with the money that Canyon Calling had brought into the marae. Then he pointed out the new floor in the large dining hall and said that also was from Canyon Calling’s visits. Petera’s mother Martha told us that she’d been saving the donations we had given her each visit and bought all the beautiful Maori costumes the children now wear when they perform. “Remember when they only had their school uniforms to dance in?”she said. The boys looked very proud performing the haka in their traditional flax skirts and the girls were dancing with poi’s in their native dress with the customary red, black and white designs. Martha said they even won a recent competition and they wouldn’t have been able to enter without traditional dress.
Giving Back to Great Old Broads
Great Old Broads for Wilderness greatoldbroads.org is a national organization that engages and ignites the activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. Conceived by older women who love wilderness, Broads gives voice to the millions of older Americans who want to protect their public lands as Wilderness for this and future generations. Canyon Calling donates a trip each year, with the proceeds of the bid going directly to Great Old Broads for Wilderness.
Giving Back to the Local Community
On our Magic Morocco trips we bring toothbrushes and school supplies to Berber families in the village where we overnight in the High Atlas. We often have tour guests in the medical profession and they are happy to help out when they see villagers in obvious need of medical attention as we see in this photo. We also stay with a Berber family contributing to their economic health as well as to the community.
On our Peruvian Andes trips we bring school supplies and small toys to the children, helping us all connect and to give back to these wonderful and promising youths.
We give back in another global sense – to practice and promote the principles of Leave No Trace. LNT principles help ensure the sustainable use of the wilderness for years to come.
Other Charitable Giving
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