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 La Vecina Foundation in Cartagena. The Foundation helps underprivileged children, providing them with education and support so that they will have a better future.
Please click here to see what you might be able to bring (or buy while in Cartagena) to help La Vecina fulfill their mission to provide children and young people with education; food; medical, psychological & social support; recreational activities; support local initiatives in the community; and raise awareness.
If you’d prefer to give a financial donation, you can donate via PayPal by using the “Donate with PayPal” button at the bottom of the page here.
La Vecina Foundation is located in La Boquilla, a small fishing village just 20 minutes north of the Walled City; this video will tell you more about the Foundation & the area (there is another one in Spanish here). The extremely poor living conditions for people there are in stark contrast to the beautiful highrise condos and hotels in which their neighbors live.
If you are not staying with us (or even if you are), you can drop donations any evening except Sunday at the Saint Roque Cafe-Pub in Getsemaní (Calle Espiritu Santo near Calle Media Luna). Restaurant owner Gerard is a co-founder of La Vecina and tips given at this restaurant support the foundation.
**Want to learn more about the Boquilla area & culture? 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!).
**Looking for volunteer opportunities in Cartagena? Domino Volunteers can help!
**Animal lover? Find out more about the great work rescue work done by Cartagena Paws! Maybe you can help?