Making A Difference

Ayako helping out in Jamaica

How are we Making a Difference?

To us, travellers are a special breed and we are proud to be a part of this international community. We circle the globe experiencing cultures and people far less fortunate than ourselves. We witness humanitarian or ecological disasters and our hearts go out to these people. We take advantage of the diversity and beauty of these strange places, grow and broaden our perceptions but often do not have the opportunity or means to give back.

With that in mind, Footstops main goal is to raise funds to donate to charities all around the world. While Footstops is free for you, we make money through donations, advertising, and the Footstops Online Store. While you are travelling and sharing your adventures on Footstops, you're generating money to help!

The best part is, the Footstops community decides on which charities to donate our money to. Each month, every visitor will get the chance to vote on a number of charities. At the end of the month whatever we made is donated to that charity.

Drew and Tong in Cambodia

How can you help?

Footstops relies on you. Simply by using Footstops, telling your family and spreading the word, Footstops is able to generate money from advertisers and deliver it to the people and areas that really need it.

The most important thing you can do is stay active, keep travelling, and think of using Footstops the next time you leave.

Help us Promote Footstops or take advantage of our online store to get sweet gear and help us reach more people. Donations are, of course, always welcome and donators get a special mention in our contributors list.

Are you involved in a charity? Let us know and Footstops may be able to help raise funds for your cause!

 

Contributors

See who has helped make Footstops a reality through their selfless help, courage, and generous donations.

Scott Keller - Beta Testing
Ben Klang - Datacenter administator, Alkaloid co-member.
Mike Pepperdine - Marketing and graphic design.
Marilyn and Greg - Donators.
Robbie Slade - Moral support, advertising, never-ending truth and encouragement.
Barton Smith - T-shirt graphic design.
Jeff Smith - Datacenter administrator, Alkaloid co-member.
Alan Stremel - Featured article review, advertising, editing.
Bryan Rite - Creator, programmer, designer.

Charities

Footstops tries to support smaller, focused charities with at least 80% of donations going towards the work itself, and not administrative or advertising budgets. These charities tend to have a direct effect on the areas they are helping with a more dedicated staff and lower bureaucratic overhead.

Akira Mine Action Center actively supports the work Aki Ra, a former conscripted child soldier of the Khmer Rouge, who is now devoted to making Cambodia safe again by clearing it of landmines. This fine entreprise also runs a College Fund so that landmine accident survivors can have the opportunity to go to university. Learn More: http://www.akiramineaction.com/

Amazon Watch works with indigenous and environmental groups in the Amazon to defend the environment and protect indigenous peoples' rights against industrial development and exploitation. Learn More: http://www.amazonwatch.org/

Amur Leopard Conservation is a joint effort by several larger conservation groups to focus on protecting the endangered Russian Leopard whose diversity and beauty is unique. Under attack from poachers and shrinking environment, the Leopard is in danger, but with the ALC's help, there is a brighter future. Learn More: http://www.amur-leopard.org/

Cambodian Children's Fund was started by a Hollywood film executive who visited Phnom Penh and realized something must be done. Upon quitting the movie business and working full-time in Phnom Penh as charity director, the Children's Fund has made fantasic progress in providing support for children all over Cambodia and has ambitious plans for the future. Learn More: http://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org/

Caribbean Conservation & Sea Turtle Survival League is a leader in sea turtle conservation around the world. Funds go towards research, habitat protection, education, community outreach, and advocacy for international and domestic programs in areas important for turtle survival. Learn More: http://www.cccturtle.org/

Carolina for Kibera's primary mission is to promote leadership and cooperation through sports, young women's empowerment, community development, and improve basic healthcare, sanitation, and education in Kibera, Africa's largest slum. Learn More: http://cfk.unc.edu/

Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise or COPE, is the organization that provides all artificial limbs and other support devices to all Lao people with a mobility disability. This is incredibly important in a country like Lao where live landmines and bombs still number in the millions. COPE is the only provider of such devices in the country. Learn More: http://www.copelaos.org/

Orangutan Foundation International's goal is to support the conservation of the orangutan and its rain forest habitat while caring for ex-captive individuals as they make their way back to the forest. Funds go towards caring for the animals as well as buying up land for reserves. Learn More: http://www.orangutan.org/

Seacology is an organization with the sole purpose of preserving the highly endangered biodiversity of islands throughout the world. They establish forest and reef reserves, construct schools, community centers, provide medicine and supplies, and educate inhabitants on conservation. Learn More: http://www.seacology.org/

Students for a Free Tibet works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. Through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, SFT campaigns for Tibetans' fundamental right to political freedom. Their role is to empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice. Learn More: http://studentsforafreetibet.org/

Green Empowerment has developed lasting partnerships in the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Peru to install, operate, and maintain renewable energy, water delivery, and watershed restoration projects. Green Empowerment emphasizes local leadership, community participation, and long-term economic and environmental sustainability. Learn More: http://www.greenempowerment.org/

Monkey World Rescue Centre is the one of the world's premier primate rescue centres, campaigning and saving apes across the globe from horrific living conditions, isolation, and abuse. Chimpanzees, woolly monkey, lemurs, orangutans and more are rehabilitaed and re-introduced into family groups by a loving staff at a huge outdoor sanctuary in England. Learn More: http://www.monkeyworld.co.uk/

Dominican Rebublic Education & Medical Support or DREAMS, provides equitable access to quality education for children born into poverty in rural areas and small communities of the Dominican Republic by combining volunteerism, international awareness, and community involvement into a sustainable support system. Learn More: http://www.dominicandream.org/

A word from the creator...

Me!

Well if you've read this far, i'm impressed!

I first dreamed up Footstops after a six month trip to South East Asia right after the 2004 Tsunami. It started off as an idea for a personal website, a better way to show my friends and family where I was, what I had been doing, and all my photos in a way my grandma would be able to use. There were lots of travel sites out there, but nobody had really done it right. I began sharing my idea with friends and familiy, and eventually turned the idea into a community, where everyone would be able to share their experiences with whomever they wanted.

Along the way, the idea of using Footstops to donate to charities became the ultimate goal and travellers the perfect humanitarians to help me. Travellers have a unique relationship with the world and I believed that if I offered people a free, useful travel tool that tapped into our philanthropy and ecological awareness, it would be the start of something great.

I want to thank all the people that have helped so far, and I hope that you find Footstops useful. Your support is greatly appreciated and the only way Footstops can really make a difference.