Finding projects to get involved in has been the biggest challenge of the adventure by far. There are so many people living in poverty throughout the world and we have encountered them constantly. All of them strangers and all of them kind. Many times we have slept either inside or outside of their house on a straw mat on the dirt. But does this kindness warrant a project and a donation from The Kindness of Strangers?
When we are researching for a project, there are certain criteria that we prefer to use to guide us. It is this criteria that has turned out to be the backbone of The Kindness of Strangers:
1. Does the project benefit the whole community?
2. Is the project self sustainable?
3. Is there a project manager or NGO partner than can supervise and guide the duration of the project?
4. Does the project generate an income for the recipient?
These criteria make it extremely difficult for us to find the right recipient for a project. However, these are the values that we must have to guide us on our search. Without these values, we would be giving money away for short term goals and making no long term difference.
We are open to ideas and potential projects along our way through India, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and outback Australia. If you know of an opportunity that fits the above criteria that is on our way, please let us know, we would love to check it out.