“It feels only natural to make a donation to the community that showed such welcoming hospitality to myself and my girlfriend during our stay. We can only hope that it is of some help to them.”
Fair Travel offset all flights done within the business on an annual basis and for 2015 this means – 47 flights, covering a distance of 46,872 km, contributing with 16,670 kg of CO2. Although carbon offsetting isn’t a solution to the problem, Fair Travel decided to use the offsetting, for all these flights, with a donation of €385 to the Hurricane Erika Disaster Relief Fund for Victims of Petite Savanne in Dominica, run by Jungle Bay.
Jungle Bay in Dominica sustained catastrophic damage as a result of mudslides, and flooding from Hurricane Erika. The surrounding villages were significantly affected by this natural disaster. This unfortunate disaster has shattered the lives of all employees, but especially those from nearby village Petite Savanne. They now must restart their lives. In addition to having lost homes, all possessions, and family, they also have lost their livelihood due to Jungle Bay being completely destroyed.
Just over 10 years ago, Jungle Bay opened as a noble concept. At its core was a group of passionate hard working individuals who believed in the power of community. These individuals represented former banana farmers and construction workers, housewives, and inexperienced youth from nearby villages. With training and dedication, they have evolved to become a family of compassionate, professional individuals, united in the purpose to exceed international visitors expectations as evident in Jungle Bay’s numerous accolades. Around 100 families dedicated themselves to making Jungle Bay the leading Caribbean sustainable tourism model. “We call ourselves the Jungle Bay family” and live by the simple motto that “our job is to make every guest happy”.
“I had the pleasure to stay at Jungle Bay during a visit to Dominica in December 2014 and experience this wonderful place. I was really touched by the hospitality and joint “community-feeling” that surrounded the place, where I didn’t just feel like another guest, but almost like I was part of the community. There are very few sustainable tourism models that can be compared to this inspiring example. I was devastated to hear about the disaster that struck the island and area. It feels very natural to make a donation to the community that showed such welcoming hospitality to myself and my girlfriend during our stay. We can only hope that it is of some help to them.” – Jeppe Klockareson, Owner & Founder at Fair Travel
Read more about the disaster and foundation in full here.
Read more about Jungle Bay Dominica here.