Granddaughter of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau to provide water conservation insight
Cousteau will support Gap Adventures’ annual Earth Month commitment to building happiness and community the world over through awareness-boosting and fundraising initiatives, which this year is dedicated to highlighting the importance of fresh water resources. According to a recent report released by the U.N. Environment Program, approximately 810 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water. Thirty-seven per cent of these people are located in Sub-Saharan Africa.
As Earth Month ambassador, Cousteau – the granddaughter of legendary marine explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau – will provide her expertise, insight and support in a range of areas while offering water conservation tips throughout the month at www.gapadventures.com/earth-month
“It is commendable that a travel company such as Gap Adventures chooses to raise funds to help support the Planeterra Foundation’s Kenya Community Tourism Project,” Cousteau said. “With their outreach, they are able to bring much needed help and attention to important causes and thus provide a good example of what travel companies can do to positively impact the places they visit. I have taken on the role as Gap Adventures’ ambassador for Earth Month to lend one more helping hand.”
As part of that effort, Gap Adventures is offering a 10 per cent discount on all of its voluntours from April 1 to April 30, and will work to raise $3,500 through its ongoing dollar-a-day project to buy water tanks for the non-profit Planeterra Foundation’s Kenya Community Tourism Project (www.planeterra.org/pages/projects/19.php?id=2).
The Kenya Community Tourism Project provides travellers with a cross-cultural opportunity to take part in the lives of locals in Kenya’s Kowour Village, establishes an alternate source of tourism-based income for villagers, and provides support initiatives which supply much-needed 3,000-litre tanks to the village. The project has helped locals divert the time and energy they once spent hauling water for survival to invest in education, further agricultural production and other economic activities.
For more information, visit www.gapadventures.com or www.planeterra.org