Lend A Hand Appeal: distribution update

Thank you for your generous support
Thank you for your generous support

Thanks to the generosity of supporters for our recent Lend a Hand Appeal we've been able to distribute hundreds of emergency food packages to stricken communities in Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Peru.

When COVID-19 struck, our travellers responded quickly to our Lend a Hand Appeal through our charity arm, the World Expeditions Foundation, raising over AUD$42,100. 

The first round of food and hygiene packages have now been distributed to the recipients intended, with no administration fees withheld. Although packages vary in each recipient country (see below for exact breakdown), they are designed to last a family of five for one month and typically contain rice, flour, cooking kerosene or oil, tea, lentils, pasta as well as body and laundry soap.

Recipients include horsemen, kitchen staff, guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters, many of whom have no means of earning income, with travel restrictions in place. We asked our partners in each country to nominate staff members who were most in need of support.


World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, said that COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the international travel and tourism industry, particularly those in poorer countries, where there are literally no safety nets for those who find themselves without work, including contractors such as mountain porters, drivers and camp hands.

“It's heartbreaking to hear of the suffering in our partner communities in Nepal, Tanzania, India, Kenya and Peru who are facing an uncertain future with travel halted,” Ms Badyari said.

“The trickle-down effect on their families and broader communities are truly devastating. Sadly, there is no JobKeeper for these people.”

“I am confident that many travellers who remember with fondness the guides and support crews who helped make their overseas adventures so memorable will be keen to show support now,” she said.  

You can still help

While the COVID pandemic continues, we are committed to continue sending care packages to our team in need. 

Australian residents who donate more than $2 will receive a tax-deductible receipt and 100% of funds go to recipients in Nepal and Peru, with no administration fees withheld.

You can support our Grants 4 Ground Staff campaign, visit the fundraising page to make a donation.

Distribution breakdown

NEPAL: 139 employees (office staff and field staff) and their families received the following food package that is expected to last a family of five people for one month.

  • 30kgs rice
  • 2 litres of cooking oil
  • 2kgs red lentils
  • 2kgs black lentils
  • 1kg salt
  • 5kg flour

PERU: 125 employees and their families from Paucartambo, Tito Grande - Calca, San Salvador, Porters from Huilloc, Cooks/Drivers, received the following food & hygiene package that is expected to last a family of five, seven days (food) and one month (hygiene).

  • 2kgs sugar
  • 5kgs rice
  • 1 litre cooking oil
  • 1 kg salt
  • 2.5kgs spaghetti
  • 7 cans tuna
  • 3.5kgs lentils
  • 5kg varied pasta noodles
  • 5 x body soap
  • 5 x (210 grams each) of laundry soap
  • 5 x face masks

KENYA: 45 porters received the following food packages that are expected to last a family of five for three months.

  • 10kgs cooking oil
  • 10kgs wheat flour
  • 15kgs maize flour
  • 1kg tea
  • Soap, toilet paper and masks
  • KSV5000 to pay for Health Insurance and electricity for 3 months

TANZANIA: 160 employees (guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters) will receive the following food packages that are expected to last a family of five people one week.

  • 5kgs maize flour
  • 5kgs rice
  • 3 litres cooking oil 
  • 3kgs sugar
  • 100 grams tea
  • 6kgs cooking gas
  • 1 litre liquid soap  
  • 100 mls hand sanitiser
  • 2 pieces re-usable masks 

INDIA: 9 horsemen, 5 kitchen staff and 2 local guides received the following food packages that are expected to last a family of five for one month.

  • 40kgs rice
  • 10kgs flour
  • 7 litres of cooking oil
  • 7 kgs lentils
  • 1kg of tea
  • 7 kgs of sugar
  • 4 tins of milk 
  • 1 litre hand sanitiser
  • 6 x masks
  • 1 x liquid soap (750 ml)
  • 10 bars of soap
  • 20 litres of kerosene
  • 3 x carry bags

Published 12 Oct 2020. Last updated 20 April 2021.
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