HIP strategically builds relationships and connects Allies (The family of Rotary, schools, faith groups and other community partners) with Indigenous Communities to remove education obstacles and inspire learning. Through fundraising and collection activities, these Allies provide winter clothing to make it safe for children to attend school, nutritional food to allow students to focus on learning, books, technology and supplies to support Indigenous classrooms.
HIP assists these Allies with transporting their gift-in-kind collections. In the last year, Indigenous communities have received 260 pallets ($750,000 worth) of products.
Transportation to fly-in communities is limited and costly. A single pallet of merchandise can require multiple trucking and airline or rail vendors. Even with generous discounts, this can cost between $500 - $1000 per pallet.
We are grateful to these transportation companies for providing services at a discounted price. However, covering costs and supporting sustainable transportation is very important because these companies play a critical role in ensuring isolated communities receive needed supplies. If any of these transportation companies disappear, the situation will get a whole lot worse for the people in these communities.
HIP's expects to transport 400 pallets in 2018 at a cost of $250,000.