G Adventures, the world’s leading adventure travel company, is proud to celebrate the first place honours that were earned recently by one of its partner community development programs in Nepal; a program that it helped create.
The Sisterhood of Survivors project from Kathmandu took first place in the nongovernmental category at the 12th annual UN World Tourism Organisation Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism; one of four top winners selected from among more than 100 candidates across 30 countries.
The Sisterhood of Survivors lunch program provides training to trafficking survivors and vulnerable girls with training in the hospitality industry through conversational English, customer service, accounting, and food and beverage management. Together with G Adventures and Planeterra, Sisterhood of Survivors programs are helping these women gain independence and rebuild their self-esteem.
Launched in 2014 by Nepalese nonprofit organisation Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE), which means “Let’s Protect Ourselves” in Nepali, the Sisterhood of Survivors was made possible by a founding grant from G Adventures and its nonprofit Planeterra Foundation through “The G Project”, a global competition to inspire positive change.
SASANE’s Managing Director and Founder, Shyam Pokharel said of the win, “We are so happy that we were able to receive this award, which would not have been possible without the help and support of our friends at Planeterra and G Adventures. Their encouragement, training and steady stream of travellers have done so much to encourage others to learn about our organisation, and visit Nepal.”
“This award is the first not only for our organisation, but for Nepal itself. It brings great honour to our community and a huge responsibility to further increase our impact.”
The Sisterhood of Survivors welcomes visitors on select G Adventures tours into Kathmandu Nepal, including those traveling on National Geographic Journeys, through an authentic lunch program and traditional momo (dumpling) making course. Women who have survived the trauma of physical or sexual exploitation and human trafficking, and who are committed to rebuilding their lives, host this unique cultural experience.
The prestigious win comes as G Adventures and Planeterra ramp up their ’50 in 5’ initiative, a five-year plan to integrate 50 new social enterprise projects into G Adventures trips and make them self-sustaining. Their goal is allow nearly all of G Adventures travelers to visit one or more social enterprise projects in more than 35 countries by 2020, changing the lives of local people in communities by providing them with access to the economic benefits of tourism.