Describe the degree of success you have had to date. How do you measure, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the impact on sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How has it transformed or contributed to the power of place or demonstrated the sustainability of tourism? How does your approach minimize negative impacts?
Fifteen programs are aiding children in Peru, India, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, China, Cambodia, Mexico, Ireland, Brazil and the United States. After researching with locals how best to assist in overcoming existing challenges while limiting any negative impact, each site developed a unique plan and set of milestones. Qualitatively, progress is measured through regular communications with local site contacts. Traveling to these destinations allows volunteers first-hand oversight. In China children born with birth defects making them "unadoptable" have received surgeries allowing placement in permanent homes. In South Africa, Hippo Rollers now provide more efficient transport of water necessary for cooking, cleaning and ingestion, while improving the quality of lives of villagers. The Foundation has now donated 300 Hippo Rollers, barrel-shaped containers designed to transport 20 gallons of water easily, to the rural South African village of Kgautswane. In Peru a vitamin project and extended lunch program are making children healthier. In Kenya, victims of its recent tragedy are attending school every day, something that wouldn’t have been possible without The Foundation’s involvement. Quantitatively, mid year and end of year impact analyses comes through written evaluations from the locals, travelers and volunteers. An outside board of advisors measures progress as well.