What we do
Protect Cultural Heritage
The Bodhi Tree Foundation funds grassroots initiatives that support people in need, protect cultural heritage and conserve our planet's biodiversity.
Each year we identify and nurture a select group of the most innovative and effective projects to support. We look for projects that are community-based and sustainable, have measurable end results, and support areas in which tourism is (or could be) a positive source of development.
"We are living in a new age of travel, with more destinations opening up to visitors in even the most remote corners of the planet, and more ways to get there, than ever before. With that freedom comes a new responsibility."
- Costas Christ
Travel is changing the world
People are moving faster and farther than they ever have. The distance between places and cultures is smaller than it's ever been. In short, the world is changing.
And it's travel that's powering much of that change. What if we could harness that power? So we're not just moving, but moving forward.
As travelers, we are forever connected to the destinations we visit. However, the people, places and cultures that have enriched us through our travels are in immediate peril. Think for a moment about these sobering statistics:
- More than 1 billion people do not have safe drinking water
- 10 million children under the age of 5 die each year from malnutrition
- 100 million primary school-age children are not in school
- Every year, some 20 million acres of forest are lost
In the face of these enormous challenges, hard-working individuals are transforming their communities for the better in destinations across the globe. They don't have big budgets or slick advertising campaigns but they're making an impact. A big impact. They're uniting community leaders to action and educating their neighbors on the real problems facing our planet.
Our aim is to inspire travelers and the travel community to support their work, work that often goes unnoticed but ensures future generations of travelers will be able to experience the natural and cultural wonders of our planet as we do today.