National Geographic has announced Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy as a finalist in its annual World Legacy Awards in the category of Engaging Communities which recognises the direct and tangible economic and social benefits made by the organisation to improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care and education.
A&K Philanthropy works alongside parent company Abercrombie & Kent to support community and conservation projects across its global travel portfolio, focusing on four main goals in interacting with local communities – education, conservation, health and enterprise (providing economic opportunities to local people) – and sponsoring projects in local communities that its guests can also visit.
National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards honour the companies, organisations, and destinations – ranging from airlines to hotels, from communities to countries – that are driving the positive transformation of the tourism industry, showcasing leaders and visionaries in sustainable tourism best practices, and sharing their stories with millions of today’s travellers.
Recent projects undertaken by A&K Philanthropy include the relocation of 20 rhino, both black and white, into the Moremi Reserve in Botswana where they are under protection 24/7 and safe from poachers.
Earlier this year, Abercrombie & Kent partnered with Wheels of Change to fill a shipping container with donated bikes and equipment for Nakatindi village in Zambia to enable healthcare workers and students to attend the nearest secondary school 11 km away. Over 700 bicycles were delivered to the village with the containers in which they were delivered converted to a bike repair centre. Five local women operate the shop and are hard at work learning to be bike mechanics.