As travelers ourselves, we care deeply about our far-flung destinations. Our goal is to benefit and protect our favorite places, supporting and building the communities we care about. MIR fosters sustainable travel practices that help to preserve cultural and natural heritage.
In addition to contributing our time and resources to programs that benefit the peoples at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, MIR Corporation will donate all profits from the sale of gear in our Travel Gear Shop towards cultural and conservation projects we support.
We are proud to have supported a number of projects and organizations connected in some way to our destinations, such as:
Snow Leopard Trust
With programs and staff in five countries in Central Asia and support from around the world, the Snow Leopard Trust is a leader in the effort to secure the future of the snow leopard.
The Snow Leopard Trust aims to better understand the endangered snow leopard, and to protect the cat in partnership with the communities that share its habitat.
STOP Girl Trafficking
Every year, as many as 20,000 girls from the poorest parts of rural Nepal are trafficked: coerced or tricked with false promises, then sold into brothels, indentured servitude, or forced into child marriage. The way the American Himalayan Foundation combats this modern-day slavery is surprisingly effective: we prevent it.
MIR became involved in supporting this effort through the great photography work of Suresh Mehta who has traveled extensively with MIR, and is a long-time supporter of the Foundation’s work.
OneWorld Now! Russia Study Abroad Program
MIR was a supporter of a 2016 study tour to Russia for underserved Seattle high school students offered by OneWorld Now! The students studied Russian language, history, and cultural cross-cultural leadership in St. Petersburg, Moscow and an internationally recognized artists’ community in rural Nikolo-Lenivets.
In the last 14 years, OneWorld Now! has sent over 300 low-income high school youth abroad on language, culture, and service programs around the world. MIR also contributes to their scholarship fund.
Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Ikat Exhibition
MIR worked with curators at Seattle’s Asian Art Museum several years ago, sponsoring the popular exhibition, Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats. The exhibition featured 65 gorgeous antique hand-woven robes from Uzbekistan.