We realize, however, that the costs associated with volunteering are not tourism-related and probably should be tax deductable in the US, and so we are currently exploring the idea of creating an umbrella 501c3 charity which would allow third-parties, family members, volunteers, and fund-raising groups to support those who are doing these good works.  So, please stay tuned for more information on how to donate to support volunteer nursing efforts.

In the meantime, we have identified below the charities which we believe to the the "most efficient" way of supporting aid projects financially while receiving a tax incentive for doing so.  In some cases, direct international bank fees and political corruption makes it difficult to make a direct financial contribution to the facilities or goverment agencies involved, so we attempt to identify some third-party organizations which understand the needs of each area and which we believe can provide the most efficiient way of helping the people in each affected region.

The Africa Project

logo-tapThe Africa Project is an all-volunteer organization based in Southern California where 100% of the donations go directly to serve the needs of AIDS orphans and AIDS education in rural Africa, in a region of the world with the highest percentage of AIDS victims per capita anywhere on Earth.  Board members and volunteers travel at their own expense to Nkandla, South Africa each year to visit and support the Sizanani Outreach which serves rural families with home-based healthcare, and the Sizanani Center, an orphanage which takes care of young children whose parents have died of AIDS. For more information and to donate, visit

Catholic Relief Services

logo-crsCatholic Relief Services is one of the largest and most efficient aid organizations on Earth, serving people in more than 100 countries under the leadership of Catholic Bishops in the United States.  This is not a missionary arm of the church, but a true humanitarian charity, with administrative support from local and international Catholic institutions to keep the overhead costs down.  As a result, 93% of any donations given go DIRECTLY to services and programs, with only 7% for administration, fundraising and awareness.  To donate or learn more, visit