A&K Philanthropy: Bridging Oceans and Breaking Barriers


Investing in a New Role Abroad

Emily Etue

Emily Etue

The world of philanthropic travel comes with its own unique set of challenges. Language barriers, time zones, cultural gaps and thousands of miles of ocean often separate a team from its goals. With this in mind, A&K Philanthropy (AKP) created a brand new role, the Program Coordinator.

American-based philanthropic organizations tend to coordinate their field workers remotely from stateside offices, visiting sites only on occasion. “This approach makes it hard to track what’s happening on the ground,” explains Emily. “Communication is sluggish, and opportunities are missed. This new Program Coordinator role invests in a dedicated person on the ground in the region, bringing with it a slew of advantages.” Emily is one of six Program Coordinators now working overseas for AKP.

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AKP Leaps Into Action with “Project Leopard,” Assisted by A&K Sri Lanka and Our Advisory Board

AKP Project Leopard

For local farm families living near Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, home to the highest population density of leopards in the world, protecting livestock can be a life-and-death struggle. Cattle make easy prey for the powerful felines and, in turn, a leopard is no match for an angry farmer with a weapon or a trap.

Fortunately Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) has found a simple and effective way to diffuse this conflict, in the form of steel enclosures that protect livestock at night, when the endangered leopards are most often on the prowl. AKP’s new “Project Leopard” will donate 25 such shelters over the next two years to farm families living near the park, saving cattle and cats.

AKP Launches “Project Leopard” in Sri Lanka

AKP — with support from A&K’s Sri Lanka office — launched the project recently, with the travel agents who comprise A&K’s Advisory Board and the A&K-USA leadership team on hand for the festivities.

To learn more about this and other AKP projects, or to donate, please visit akphilanthropy.org.

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Video: A&K Staff Pedals Hard to Fill Two Shipping Containers with Bicycles for Africa

A&K Philanthropy, working with the nonprofit Wheels of Change International (WOC), challenged the staff of Abercrombie & Kent in Downers Grove, Illinois, to gather enough donated bicycles to fill an entire shipping container. WOC will deliver the bikes to Nakatindi Village in Zambia where, upon arrival, they help boost the local economy. Using a combination of personal donations and enthusiastic outreach to friends, family and their local neighborhoods, the A&K folks ended up filling not one, but two containers. That’s more than 700 bicycles, each of which will allow a student to attend a distant school, a healthcare worker to reach many more patients or a family member to carry five times as much groceries or supplies. WOC also equips local entrepreneurs to repair and resell the bikes, and repurposes the shipping containers to serve as bike shops. See how A&K friends and family helped change the world, two wheels at a time.

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