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Footprints Network Embarks on 100th Project

The Footprints Network, an Australian not-for-profit association founded by Worldnomads.com, has launched its 100th charity project with founding partner, the Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF).

The 100th project will aim to raise $25,000 to fund the AHF’s Teacher Training and Quality Education program in one of the poorest regions of Nepal, south of Everest and away from the main tourist trails.

Chris Noble, General Manager of WorldNomads.com, says Footprints was founded in response to the devastating Asian Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and strives to make a tangible difference to the lives of the people living in impoverished communities.

“With two billion of the world’s population living on less than $2 a day, we saw an opportunity to encourage many people to make small donations which, collectively, could make a huge difference for disadvantaged communities around the world,” says Noble.

“I am delighted with how far Footprints has come over the years. To have reached our 100th project is a huge achievement. It is only fitting that we are working with the AHF as we reach this milestone, as they were one of our founding partners.”

Since 2005, more than 759,000 people have made microdonations to Footprints through member e-commerce sites, raising over $1.87 million across 99 projects in the process.

Carolyn Hamer-Smith, General Manager at the AHF, says that the Foundation is extremely proud of how far AHF and Footprints have come.

“This innovative program has raised substantial funds for the AHF’s Teacher Training and Quality Education Program in the Lower Solu Khumbu region where over 20% of children are out of school. With ongoing support from the Footprints program, we have trained over 800 teachers in 137 schools and provided over 16,000 children with a quality education that can change lives. Footprints has also supported the AHF to select and train over 50 key teachers who have in turn gone on to train their fellow teachers,” says Hamer-Smith.

The AHF’s project has gained accolades in Nepal, with the Nepalese Department of Education citing the program as the best of its kind in rural Nepal, in addition to recognition from the Australian Embassy in Nepal.

Over its eight years in operation, the Footprints Network has funded a variety of projects including a clean water project in the Mentawai Islands, a project to end forced marriages in Indonesia and a project to keep children safe in schools in Vanuatu, just to name a few. Footprints also provides donors with updates, news and results on the projects that they contribute to.

Noble says that the company is looking forward to the next stage for the Footprints Network.

“It’s a great feeling to be giving back to the communities in which we travel and to know that what we are doing is making a real difference to people around the world. Everyone involved should be very proud of the footprints we are leaving, our project has already moved beyond our initial hopes,” says Noble.

To celebrate the launch of the 100th project, WorldNomads.com is also offering the chance for one lucky person to travel to Nepal to experience first hand the work undertaken by AHF as well as experience a World Expeditions Annapurna trek. Urban Adventures have also come to the party to offer 99 experiences for lucky runner-ups. For competition details, visit World Nomads.

The Footprints Network technology is available, for free, for e-businesses to integrate into their web sites, for more information please visit http://footprintsnetwork.org/.

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