Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.25 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount, plus many people risk slipping back into poverty.
Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
Through our partnership with the Grassroots Business Fund, Envoys has a mandate to to catalyze sustainable income-generating opportunities throughout the communities in which we travel. Tourism is the largest economic sector in the world, with linkages to as many as 1 in 8 jobs worldwide, and the development of capacity within small, locally-vendors is critical to Envoys' mission.
We refuse to engage in poverty tourism or voyeurism, instead seeking to engage students in an exploration of the complex set of factors that create structural inequities between and within nation-states. The route to ending global poverty lies in developing respect for our mutual interdependence, and the programs below are designed to do just that.
Conservation vs. Development
Delve into the tensions between preserving the natural environment and providing economic growth in the Galapagos Islands.
Community Housing and employment
Work directly with TECHO, a youth led organization seeking to overcome poverty through the joint work of families and volunteers in Peru.
Public Health with Low Resources
Delve into public health issues in Malawi, gaining a deeper respect for the reality of the situation on the ground.