Upload a photo + tell a short story and Trover will donate $5 to an amazing non-profit that rebuilds schools in the earthquake devastated areas of Lombok, Indonesia! Read on for easy instructions on how you can help!
For Don’t Forget To Move, our ideal project is when we’re able to combine our passion for travel with our love of giving back. That’s why we’re very excited to announce that we’re working with our good friends at Trover (the travel photo sharing platform) on a giving back trip to Lombok, Indonesia! Not only are we aiming to promote and help rebuild Lombok tourism, but during this trip we’re engaging in responsible tourism activities like visiting traditional villages, touring a pottery cooperative and doing eco-friendly tours.
While we share our responsible tourism experiences there, we’re asking you to share your responsible tourism stories on Trover and help us raise money for Lombok! That’s right, we’re partnering with Trover to raise money to rebuild schools in Lombok, after the terrible earthquakes there last year. The money will be donated to Classroom of Hope who are doing an amazing job building earthquake safe pop up schools in the region!
How You Can Help Lombok Children in Need
For every “responsible tourism” photo uploaded, Trover they will donate $5 to Classroom of Hope, so they can continue building schools in Lombok!
All you have to do is:
- Sign up for Trover (https://www.trover.com/)
- Upload a photo from your travels
- In the description, explain how you were a responsible traveler during your trip (you don’t need a photo of you being a responsible traveler, you can just describe it!)
- Use the hashtag #TroverRT
- Be proud of yourself that you just helped a child get an education!
- Bonus points: Upload more than one photo! We are trying to reach 200 uploads to hit our goal of $1,000 raised!
Why Does Lombok Need Help?
Last year, Lombok suffered a series of devastating earthquakes in July and August. It caused significant damage, with over 500 deaths, leaving people displaced and property destroyed. Amongst this damage was the destruction of over 400 schools. Even now, months after the earthquake, some students are left to get their education in tents or not attend school at all.
Coming from a non-profit background, we know that educating the youth is the key for a prosperous future. That’s why we’ve chosen Classroom of Hope as the beneficiary for the fundraising campaign. They are doing an incredible job all over the world, building schools in developing countries, helping students return to a safe learning environment.
In Lombok, they are partnering with a local organization called thePelita Foundation who are using local materials and the local workforce to get these pop up schools built. Classroom of Hope and Pelita Foundation are doing incredible work and we’re excited to be able to support them with your help!
What is a Responsible Tourist?
Not sure if you’re a responsible tourist? Even if you don’t feel like Captain Planet when you travel, you’re probably engaging in some responsible tourism activities without even knowing it! Here are some ways you may be a responsible traveler:
- Shop at locally owned shops
- Pick up trash on the beach
- Visit an animal sanctuary/rescue center
- Use a reusable water bottle
- Eat at locally owned restaurants
- Ride a bike or walked somewhere instead of using a taxi
- Use public transportation
- Bring reusable grocery bags
- Stay at an eco-hotel or hotels that have green initiatives
- Refuse to ride an elephant or do other activities that exploit animals
- Ask permission before taking photos of locals
- Volunteer at an organization
- Travel locally to avoid taking a plane
- Travel to eco-friendly destinations
Why Responsible Tourism?
Not only is responsible tourism our favorite way to travel, it’s an incredible way to help support destinations that have experienced disasters like Lombok. Before the earthquake, tourism was a significant part of the economy in Lombok. But when the earthquakes hit, tourists were nervous to continue visiting. Now, businesses in the tourism industry, including mom and pop restaurants, are missing a significant part of their income.
As tourists we have so much opportunity to do good, just by visiting a place. Where and how we choose to spend our money overseas plays a huge part in the prosperity of a country. By visiting Lombok and using our money for responsible tourism activities, we’re supporting livelihoods and supporting a sustainable economic development of this beautiful place. By eating at locally owned restaurants and shopping at local shops we’re giving our money directly to the people of Lombok so they have the chance to rebuild.
This gorgeous region of Indonesia has so much to offer. We hope you’ll help us give back to Lombok and visit this beautiful island!