We are going to turn around a conception that is too common If the word "solidarity" sounds like "put my money in a project in exchange for feeling good" and so far we have arrived, with "The Journey" you will get something else, something tangible and almost as pretty as what you can do with your euros. Something to keep close and that will remind you for many years.
Participating in "The Journey" allows the NGO Collaborate Burma (in Viajablog we interviewed Marc Comas a year ago to tell us what and how Collaborate Burma works) help - with health, infrastructure, food and schooling - to the children of Burmese refugees in Mae Sot, Thailand. But, in addition, you take a great book with 185 photographs of 18 of the most traveled travelers from Spain, among which there are several that I have the privilege of meeting in person, for 74 of the countries that have traveled.
NGO Collaborates Burma
I'm going to tell you what you take for selfishness, for wanting to have something really cool and that invites you to travel. For only 10 Euros you get the digital version of the book (PDF) and have your name on the book's acknowledgments page. It is very ecological, there is no consumption of ink or paper, but if, like me, you like to pass the sheets in the traditional way and not on a screen, stretch your pocket a little more and with 25 Euros you will also get the printed copy .
They are just the two most basic ways to participate, but there are others if you have a deeper pocket, you want to do gifts to the family Or you are a company or a group of friends.
In Viajablog we have decided to get the four wet and lead by example: we contribute 110 Euros to "The Journey" and so each of the four publishers will have their own printed book, in addition to a t-shirt, a poster and four postcards. And those 110 Euros will multiply their value when they arrive in Thailand and are used in provide children with uniforms or footwear, buy school supplies or food, etc.
And what do you get for altruism, for solidarity? Oh, reader friend, here comes the good! You are assured that what you have spent is used to improve the future of Burmese refugees, people who had to leave their fields, their homes, and flee a country at war with many of the ethnic groups that populate it, that he was decades under a military dictatorship repudiated by the international community and that now, when uniforms are changed to civilian clothes, perhaps, perhaps, he has a better future.
"The Journey" emerged as a project of crowdfounding (It is calculated what it costs, the public is asked to contribute it on an online platform and if that amount is not reached, the money is returned but if it arrives, it becomes a reality) in which they aspired to get 5,800 Euros. This covered printing costs, platform and payment commissions, shipping fees and there was still money for the NGO.
Just over a week after the start of the diffusion, which was planned to extend until April to send the books in May, the amount that has been contributed exceeds 9,000 Euros. That just means that more books will be printedMore copies will be sent and in Mae Sot they will have more money to help the refugees.
"The Journey" continues ... aren't you going to be part of it?
More information | The book “The Journey” and how to buy it, the NGO Collaborates Burma