Raw Travel has deep connections in Ukraine, having filmed three episodes there in 2019. Anastasia, our Ukrainian videographer and her family, are two times refugees, having already fled Donbas for Kyiv, and she and her younger brother are now separated from her parents, who remained behind. We have musician friends from Russia who are refugees because they cannot return to Russia for fear of arrest.
We want to help Ukraine heal. We will be traveling to the Ukrainian border in May to film an episode focusing on giving back. The money raised will focus on grassroots giveback segments in the show, which we hope will represent the Raw Travel ethos of socially responsible travel.
One of the organizations we have identified to work with is called Keep Kids Learning
- Keep Kids Learning is run by Joseph Nichols, a US Citizen who has been working on engineering projects in Ukraine for eight years and teaching English. I have already donated to their cause and Joseph and I have already corresponded several times on how we can film and help their efforts. You can find out more about their fundraising campaign here - Keep Kids Learning
There are other needs and organizations as well which we'll be showcasing during our filming of course.
Of course, war is unpredictable but you can be assured that if we cannot film and use the money outlined above for reasons beyond our control, we will proceed to donate to a legitimate charity that we feel is best helping Ukraine.
PINT GLASS - All donations over $50 are eligible for our Pint Glass
with our exclusive "Let Freedom Ring for Ukraine" artwork, based on a photograph by producer Robert G. Rose at Kyiv's Independence Square in August of 2019.
Please visit RawTravelGiveback
to preview other merchandise that will be offered. If you'd like to take advantage of the merchandise on offer, please message us directly here with your shipping address and we'll order it for you. If you prefer to order directly from our merch site, please note that each glass brings in approximately $10 profit that goes towards our fundraising.
Thank you for your support.
Stay tuned here and to social media for progress updates.