An argument that shows how harmful voluntourism can be.
Reposting this post because GBS is currently in the midst of fundraising drive in order to stay open! Please consider making a donation if you can! I have worked with the Green Bamboo Boys Shelter in Vietnam for four years and it is an amazing organization that does great work for disadvantaged boys in Saigon.
Solving problems and preventing escalation of existing issues requires collaboration and planned philanthropy.
LIN’s Narrow the Gap Community Fund brings local resources together to support local nonprofit organizations that are tackling the most pressing problems in Ho Chi Minh City.
By engaging people with a shared vision, by pooling available resources and by investing together in projects that address local needs, a Community Fund helps make it easier and more rewarding for people to become more strategic with their giving. Read more about this amazing organization and event that I have been so lucky to be a part of!
Action for the city is a non-profit organization based out of Hoi An whose goal is to make the city more green and more livable for tourists and residents. They aim to be a sustainable model for all development in Vietnamese cities, something which is sorely needed as growth in Vietnam continues at a rapid pace.