Do good and give back

By Authenticities, Sri Lanka

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“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving” – Mother Teresa

One of the best feelings in the world is giving; positive energy is contagious. With just one act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out and plant seeds of happiness through giving too. Your greatest gift is the ability to share your blessings – it is what makes life meaningful. So when you travel, why not make it matter?

Authenticities understands that tourism has a huge commitment and role in today’s challenging society. We see it as an opportunity to give something back to the “lives” of the rural communities.

Our approach is simple: identify and develop communities by engaging with them, enhance their skills and provide self-belief and confidence. We believe that this approach contributes to their social and economic stability.

“Connect” is the philanthropy initiative of Authenticities which we truly believe in. It is about connecting hearts, lives, communities and futures and supporting less fortunate children in particular. In keeping with our Purpose, Values & Culture of the organisation, “Connect” complements the spirit of Authenticities to enrich lives and to be true and genuine in everything we do.

Education is an important ingredient in the development of a person. In Sri Lanka, we see great scope for improving the lives of children and impacting their future through educational projects.

Our mission is perhaps small, yet impactful. Smaller initiatives are less bureaucratic, allow for faster response and better follow-up. We choose our projects with great care and deliberation, committing ourselves to instil confidence in their hearts and a smile on the faces of children. “Connect” gives the opportunity to either donate to a fund that will be used to support projects in line with the “Connect” concept, or to be involved in “hands-on” projects during your visit to Sri Lanka.

We believe that prioritising projects is as important as its conceptualisation and execution. The areas we currently work in include the North, North Central, Central and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. Over the past seven years, we have executed 25 projects in these areas, providing infrastructure support to rural schools. These projects have ranged in many areas such as sanitation, construction of classrooms, children play areas and libraries, donations of classical music, sports equipment and safe drinking water filters as well as scholarships to a few students.

Our main desire for the last couple of months has been to do good. If you love to give back – whether working with marginalised communities, endangered animals, volunteering in local villages, distributing dry rations to those in need or simply ensuring your trip is sustainable, this travel idea is for you.

While you’re dreaming of your future travels, don’t forget to dream up a trip
 to Sri Lanka with @Authenticities. Not only do we deliver curated private experiences that are emotional, conceptual and insightful, but we have a wonderful program for our “do good” travellers!!

#CONNECT is @Authenticities Private Philanthropy Initiative helping rural education in remote parts of Sri Lanka. With a donation of US$75, you are able to sponsor a young child for one full academic year. As part of your itinerary, Authenticities will take you to meet the child you have sponsored and also visit the rural school they attend.

For more details visit,
http://www.authenticitiessrilanka.com/philanthropy.php or contact Authenticities Sales & Business Development Manager in Australia, Kirsty Thomas-Thoeun, on kirsty@authenticitiessrilanka.com

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