Coronavirus won't stop the Abraham Path Initiative from supporting people and regional walking trails while tourism is suspended.  image

Coronavirus won't stop the Abraham Path Initiative from supporting people and regional walking trails while tourism is suspended.

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Connect with the paths and the people even when we cannot travel

"What might make the world a better place?" someone asked Joseph Campbell. "Tourism," he answered. "Go out and meet someone new. If enough people did that, we might see the beginning of the end of the demonization of other peoples around the world.”

Abraham Path Initiative founder William Ury would add: walk and meet someone new (see video below).

For the foreseeable future, travel is not an option for most of us. As a result, people earning a living from tourism along the Abraham Path will face dire financial circumstances. The Abraham Path Initiative wants to be sure that our colleagues in the Southwest Asian (aka "Middle Eastern") tourism sector are ready to open their doors for your return when travel bans are lifted. Please help us support the people of the Path.

Your gift will:

  • Provide emergency support for guides and homestay hosts who offer their services to walkers and guests on the path
  • Fund local guides and community members to maintain the trails ensuring they remain in safe, walkable condition until visitors come again
  • Build API’s Portal to the Path that will:
    • Introduce you to the guides, tour operators, and homestay hosts with posts and videos
    • Produce webinars with experts that will keep you apprised of what’s happening in real time and bring global perspectives
    • Connect you with local markets to shop and help sustain small businesses

Keep hope alive. Keep the trail ready to bring us together again. Let's be ready to walk together and be well together.