Misson & Vision:
To inspire young people to get outdoors.
Wheels of Action’s main focus is to collaborate with local youth organizations and assist them in creating outdoor experiences for their members who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford such adventures. These include hiking, camping, cycling and water sporting events.
WOA is creating a network of outdoor equipment and clothing companies that will facilitate networking and cooperation between youth organizations and the outdoor community at large. By pooling our network of like minded outdoor enthusiasts in one location, we aim to improve access to resources and knowledge to assist young people in underprivileged communities enjoy the outdoors. We hope to eventually create an online community that will grow around this network. This community will also serve as a forum for discussion and creative thought that will help further assist in planning youth adventures.
"Before we actually translate something into reality, we must be able to dream about it. Any socioeconomic dream is nothing but the first step in the process of mapping the course to our destination. If we do a good job in identifying our destination, more innovations and changes will take place to help us reach it.
Poverty does not belong in civilized human society. Its proper place is in a museum. That's where it will be. When schoolchildren go with their teachers and tour the poverty museums, they will be horrified to see the misery and indignity of human beings. They will blame their forefathers for tolerating this inhumane condition and for allowing it to continue in such a large segment of the population until the early part of the twenty-first century.
I have always believed that the elimination of poverty from the world is a matter of will. Even today we don't pay serious attention to the issue of poverty, because the powerful remain relatively untouched by it. Most people distance themselves from the issue by saying that if the poor worked harder, they wouldn't be poor.
When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding a solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Charity allows us to go ahead with our own lives without worrying about the lives of the poor. Charity appeases our consciences.
The poor must be made active players, rather than passive victims, in the process of globalization."
Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty. by Muhammad Yunus (2006 Nobel Peace Prize-Winner)