Heading out on a traditional Paraw 74-foot sailboat, the largest Paraw in the Philippines, Global Good Awards Founder and CEO, Karen Sutton will be ditching the luxuries of her home life in exchange for this rich cultural and traditional experience led by locals. This is more than just a holiday; visiting the remote islands has posed a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge.
Karen will be travelling to the islands “as part of an all-female team from HER Planet Earth visiting the villages of Palawan and Coron promoting a deeper connection between women empowerment and the integrity of the environment.” Karen’s expertise and passion for sustainability has made her a key member of this trip where she hopes to pass on her knowledge to locals for the betterment of their quality of life and the local habitats.
The team from HER Planet Earth “will also be supporting the Tao Kalahi Foundation which includes projects for the advancement of women, children’s education, organic farming and local traditional crafts for this region of Palawan” as well as the Sulubaai Environmental Foundation, a conservation program which looks to protect and restore local habitats and animal populations, by educating locals about environmentally sustainable practices and active ecosystem restoration.
Using her own initiative, Karen has teamed up with Binti International, raising funds to take along 40+ reusable, plastic-free sanitary products as a gift to the local women who do not have access to the kind of products we have here in the UK; an essential part of this was ensuring these products were both reusable and environmentally friendly.
The team have funded their own travel and expenses for the trip but as a charity, the cost of additional resources relies heavily on the goodwill of donors. To help support this trip and the charities involves, please visit their websites.
This is not the first such trip Karen has attended, but the first in South East Asia. Her first life changing trip was in 2011 when she visited Delhi where she supported a local medical team, vaccinating children against polio in the slums. In 2014 she supported a separate project; this time visiting a water sanitation project that she had raised money for in a village in Northern Peru. Karen raised the funds to install the filtration system next to a well, by cycling from Cork to Londonderry in Ireland, taking four days to ride 300 miles.
These trips are an important reminder of the value of the impact business and charity projects can have on people, a founding principle of the Global Good Awards. To keep up to date with Karen on her trip to the Philippines follow her on Twitter @KarenSuttonECO.
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