Urmila Singh, Travel Expert
In January 2012, they travelled with 23 team members and were able to build/pay for two homes for needy families, a generator for a school and supply a village of 200 families with food staples that would feed their families for a week.
In January 2014, their team of 26 people will be building two more homes and feeding two more villages. They also will be volunteering in orphanages and schools.
All team members are responsible for their own flight and accommodation costs. They fundraise together and individually to raise funds for the homes they build ($4000 US each home) and village feedings (approximately $2000 US per village). Any additional funds raised are used to provide school supplies and lunches for village schools, medical supplies, formula for infants in the hospital and hygiene kits for patients in the hospital.
They are thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families in the Dominican Republic and for the sponsors and donors who support them.
The event concluded with an all-expense paid trip to Disneyworld for a little boy who beat his cancer. Jamie also gave the boy some great Disney toys to take home. The day turned out to be a successful event for a great cause.
Help A Child Smile was formed in 1987 to help bring joy to the lives of children with cancer.
Leigh MacKay gives back to the people of Ecuador
Since joining TravelOnly in Dec 2006 and belonging to the Christian Missionary Alliance Churches I have had a desire to go on a Mission Trip and give back to a non-profit organization.
I was able to visit Ecuador in May 2009 to become an Ecuador Specialist and in doing so I was able to see the beautiful country and the hardship of the people. I am not sure how I ended up being selected to go on a mission trip to Quito, Ecuador in Oct 2009 and the only Canadian in the group of 20. We were to meet in Miami to start our journey.
I was able to get donated sports gear, school supplies, some toys and half the value of Spanish speaking Bibles.
We helped out at the City of Quito dump where they have a day care for the workers who only get paid by the weight of recycled material which equals about $60 USD/week for a 12 hour shift. We cleaned the day care, restocked it with the goods we brought down and then went shopping to the local markets and got a $1000 worth of groceries to make baskets for the families in the area.
It was a blessing to me to be able to give back to the people. I went home with a new sense of purpose and desire to give the same opportunity to others in Canada.
Leigh MacKay, Travel Expert