The summit is over and we will wait five more years for them to reconvene and realize many countries have fallen short and people are still in dire need. The same solution will be reached: more money from larger governments and the cycle will continue.
UNLESS: we all take personal responsibility.
I learned a long time ago that no one can make decisions for me, and in turn, I am not able to make decisions for anyone else…so, here is what I am going to do. I hope you join me.
Together with a growing support group we are going to fine tune and expand the International Villages (IV) prototype to create a mix of non profit and for profit sustainable ventures. By May 2011 the income of the International Village will be at profitable levels without tourists, allowing more tourist dollars to go towards local projects.
We are also looking at many sites for expansion both within Kenya and throughout the world, and screening partners to make that happen. Everything we have done in the prototype can be duplicated elsewhere with concern for culture and local laws. Each IV site will be unique to its area but hold true to its purpose to provide opportunities and support for local people and a sustainable authentic experience for world travelers at a budget price.
Dream with me for a moment: picture a network of safe and trusted IVs throughout the globe where travelers can stay, make a measured difference, and create connections that last. It will be a true global community. In a community we not only care about our neighbors but are willing to help them whenever necessary.
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
-President Harry S. Truman
Let’s not worry about who created the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) or who takes credit for them. As the voluntourism industry, let’s do what we do, make connections, make a difference, and create a global community that achieves the MDGs.