The Wild Frontiers Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Wild Frontiers. Set up in 2009, the aim of our foundation is to provide a platform to create awareness, raise money and deliver funding to projects in countries where we operate as a travel company.
Supporting communities we visit has always been at the heart of the Wild Frontiers' ethos. Through the Wild Frontiers Foundation, we are able to channel money into grass roots projects, which we have either established ourselves or support through charity partners. These include initiatives focused around education, the empowerment of local people and community conservation in Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Laos and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After unexpected heavy rainfall in northern Pakistan in July 2013, a flash flood tore through the Kalash Valley destroying much in its wake. In excess of £4000 was sent to the people of the Kalash, a marginalised minority tribe in this remote and almost inaccessible region, to assist with recovery efforts and help rebuild the water channels, fix damaged buildings and plant new crops.
The worst flooding in 60 years hit Kashmir in September 2014 making millions homeless. With rain levels at more than 400% the monthly average, the city of Srinagar was completely submerged. The Wild Frontiers Foundation donated £2,000 towards a local flood relief fund, providing coats, blankets and food for those that had lost their homes and everything in them.
With close travel ties in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, we were upset by the plight of the Rohingya people, displaced after fleeing violence in their villages. Wanting to help we donated £1000 to the Disaster Emergency Committee appeal, which helped to provide shelter, clothing, food and medical while supporting the over-stretched Bangladeshi communities hosting them.
In October 2012 a huge cyclone hit Orissa in India’s east, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and leaving much havoc in its wake. The Wild Frontiers Foundation donated £2,000 to help the clear up operation.
While Wild Frontiers didn't operate tours in Nepal in 2015, the whole region is close to our hearts. To help with the disaster relief effort we donated £1,000 from the Wild Frontiers Foundation to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Nepal appeal.