|Two young girls we met at the Guatemalan school|
It was kismet, a case of being in the right place at the right time. I'd have had no way, otherwise, to know about the needs of this small village school.
Until now, that is, thanks to a lovely website called StuffYourRucksack.com. It informs travelers of worthy organizations around the world that need help, in the form of supplies that can be carried to them in, well, a rucksack (better known as a backpack here in North America). In many cases the organizations are in rural areas without regular postal service, so getting supplies via tourists' bags is a huge opportunity. Most of the organizations requesting help are in Asia, Africa and South America but volunteers are doing research to keep the list growing. Besides schools, they include orphanages, social service centers and hospitals.
Do something really good when planning your next trip and check the website out.