What a difference a year makes. I know, we’re not out of this pandemic fully yet. But I venture to say that there’s a lot of joy to be back in the world. I know, because I’ve officially ventured beyond the U.S. and Caribbean borders. I just returned from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Traveling again is the gift that gives you a PHD in life. I forgot how enriched and alive I feel when I’m exploring new countries. I learn so much about culture, history, economies and people. My travel this month reminded me why we exist at Galavante. If we inspire one of you to travel and experience the world in anyway, we’ve done our job.
People are People
The Caucus region is complicated in their history and borders. It’s no secret these countries have a history of war and territory conflicts. To frame, it’s like if New York and New Jersey had an issue, and citizens from each could not cross over and viewed each other as mortal enemies. It’s an anthropological study though to hear private citizens talk about their neighbors, and how similar their values really are. They share commonality in culture, food and family. It’s impossible not to, when you are in such close proximity. If citizens of these countries met in an NYC bar, they would be best of friends. My point is, is I think that a key to achieve the elusive world peace is for people not in government to see the other side. Travel is the gateway. I hope one day, in my lifetime, that world peace is achieved.
Almost two months ago, we began helping the women alumnae and students at the American University of Afghanistan. Our Foundation, Galavante in the World, hit the ground running. With your generosity, we funded housing, basic necessities and food. Our Career Placement Team, led by Tina Naser, is helping these exceptional women do what they want more than anything: to work. To utilize their education. To learn enough, so that one day, they will lead their country. I can’t wait to share more, in our monthly philanthropy update. I’ll say now though, that I have never seen a stronger, more driven, intelligent group of young people. I am forever inspired, forever humbled, forever grateful for your support.
All the Best,