At Big Planet Adventures we believe in making the world a better place. In this way we are proud to donate a proportion of our profits to charitable organisations that we believe make a positive and long lasting difference in the lives of less fortunate people. Here are some of the organizations that we actively support and to which we make regular donations to...
Medecins San Frontieres
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides emergency medical assistance around the world to populations in desperate need. Big Planet Adventures makes a monthly donation to this organisation that has been providing its invaluable services since 1971. There are no MSF missions in Cuba at present because the Cuban Government makes health care such a high priority, and in fact Cuba sends many thousands of its own doctors to other countries were people have far less access to medical care. In keeping with the Cuban Government's support of the notion that medical care is a human right, we made MSF the first organisation to receive our financial and moral support.
CeDA (Cubanos en Defensa de los Animales) is a project founded by Cubans who act in defense of animal rights. Their main activity is reducing the numbers of abandoned street dogs and cats in Cuba by rescuing them, promoting adoption, sterilizing, vaccinating and education the population about caring for animals and against violence towards them.
Our donations go towards buying veterinary supplies to treat injured and sick animals as well as paying the costs of sterilization of rescued animals. We welcome our travelers to help us contribute by bringing much needed supplies for CeDA, and to volunteer as a flight parent to deliver animales who have been adopted by people in outside of Cuba. Read more about how you can contribute.
Save The Children
Save the Children is an organization that works to reduce poverty, and aid in health, education and the protection of children worldwide. Cuban Adventures is very proud to support Save the Children by sponsoring children in need.
The children we sponsor, however, are not in Cuba, as children in Cuba are very well taken care of by the Cuban Government. Cuban children receive expert medical and health care in Cuba from birth. They also receive excellent education. In fact Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Due to this, Cuba does not form a part of any international support networks for the protection of children.
Nevertheless at Big Planet Adventures we decided that we wanted to help children in other not-so-fortunate parts of the world, which is why we provide support to this impressive organization.
International Institute for Peace through Tourism
We believe in the IIPT motto which says: "Every traveler is an ambassador for peace."
IIPT is dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives that can contribute to further international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. One of IIPT's aims is to reduce poverty, while promoting peace and understanding, through the tourism industry.
Planet Whale - Responsible whale and dolphin watching
Big Planet Adventures supports Planet Whale, which helps in the protection of cetacean species through promoting responsible dolphin and whale watching tours. They have developed a search engine that lists such tours. In Cuba there are several aquariums that have dolphin shows using captive dolphins. We do not recommend these shows to our travelers, as they encourage the market of the (sometimes illegal) capture of wild dolphins to sell to such aquariums.