We are thrilled to be members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make an impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few pounds of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for organizations in need, you’ll make a difference in the lives of the local communities.
As part of Pack for a Purpose, we are partnering with two organizations in Cartagena:
1. La Fundación Pescador de Letras helps underprivileged children, providing them with education; food; medical, psychological & social support so that they will have a better future. The Foundation is located in La Boquilla**, a small fishing village just 20 minutes north of the Walled City. The extremely poor living conditions for people there are in stark contrast to the beautiful highrise condos and hotels in which their neighbors live.
Please click here to see what you might be able to bring (or buy while in Cartagena) to support the Pescador de Letras Foundation.
2. Cartagena Paws is a volunteer based organization dedicated to the rescue of the injured, abused and abandoned street animals of Cartagena, of which there are unfortunately many. These animals are provided with food, shelter, and medical treatment, with the organization’s ultimate goal being to find each and every one of them a loving and permanent home.
Please click here to see what you might be able to bring (or buy while in Cartagena) to help Cartagena Paws in support of their mission.
If you would like to make a financial donation to Cartagena Paws, information on doing so is here. Interested in adopting a dog or cat from Cartagena, or maybe flying a pet to his new home in the US or Canada? Contact Cartagena Paws.
Learn more about Cartagena Paws in this August 2017 Colombia Calling podcast.
Other ways to give back:
Looking for volunteer opportunities in Cartagena? Domino Volunteers can help!
**Want to learn more about the Boquilla area & culture, while supporting the community at the same time? Check out the tours offered by community based tour operator EcoTours Boquilla — learn how to throw a fishing net & dance like the locals, tour the mangrove ecosystem, eat great traditional dishes, and more! Hear from EcoTours Boquilla director, Rony Monsalve, and get a taste for the tours from this 2.5 minute video here (video in Spanish, although Rony speaks English & French too!).