Three adventurous Vermonters (Keith Nelson, Gabe Ayers, and Allyson Nelson) will be racing a carved out mango tree with outriggers (aka Ngalawa) down the Zanzibar Archipelago competing in the Kraken Cup. The race consists of teams from all over the world, and couldn’t happen if we didn’t have trees to sleep in or an ocean to race on. We’re all using this opportunity to raise money for our planet by asking our friends and family to make a donation to Cool Earth, a non-profit dedicated to halting deforestation in what’s left of our planet’s rainforests. Allyson's first international work experience was in Northern Peru, where Cool Earth is partnering with local communities to save the rainforests and improve their livelihoods. Keith and Allyson saw first-hand how mining was destroying the land and indigenous communities, and are really excited now that we can contribute back to the community we learned so much from. Once we reach our Cool Earth goal, we will then fundraise for a local organization in Zanzibar. Zanzibar may be a holiday paradise, but it is also a pretty tough place to grow up. Nearly half of Zanzibaris live in poverty, one in five girls will marry and give birth before age 18, and one in four kids does not receive adequate nutrition to grow to their full potential. You'll find more about what we are doing for Zanzibar on our other fundraising page (details to come). Thanks for your support!
Empowering the Asháninka to shield millions of acres of Amazon rainforest.