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. The mission of La Fundación Pescador de Letras is to provide a quality education to children in an impoverished area of Cartagena. They are also working to improve the children’s quality of life through music, sport & a breakfast/lunch program. 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 Pescador de Letras.
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.
Learn more about Cartagena Paws in this August 2017 Colombia Calling podcast.
3. Fundación Amigos del Mar is based on the island of Tierrabomba, only a couple of miles from Cartagena’s wealthy Old City but worlds away in terms of the standard of living. The foundation works to improve the quality of life of island children & the elderly through sustainable art projects, literacy workshops, culture, and water sports. They support the community as a whole by sponsoring trash cleanups, pet spay/neuter clinics, personal hygiene workshops, and more.
In addition to needing in-kind donations, Amigos del Mar seeks sponsors for the children to finance their school needs (current annual commitment: COP$700,000 pesos or approximately US$240); please click here for more information.
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!).