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Peleg Cohen, the caring nomad

At his 30 years old, the Israeli Peleg Cohen has already been to more than 100 countries and, with the support of the Company Modani, he decided to help on his trips to those in need.

Alicia Borghi
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Monday, 10 November, 2014
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I’m 30 and I’m a nomad. I’ve never held a job or had a home, I’ve never studied and I don’t have a car. Every week I meet dozens of people I have never seen before and I have friends in every corner of the world,” says Peleg Cohen about himself.

Cohen was born in Israel and after finishing the military service, he felt he wanted to see the world. His journey set out in Bangkok andThailand, where he couldn’t help falling in love with the landscape and its beautiful people.

The thirst for getting to know new places and meeting people kept on growing and he kept on to Nepal, New Zealand, Australia, Lebanon, Mexico, Brazil, Ethiopia, India and Senegal, among others. And so he got to more than 100 countries in less than 10 years.

“It’s not easy to wake up in a different place every day, without the slightest clue of what the future holds. Nonetheless there’s nothing more stimulating and satisfying than meeting new people and discovering their stories, cultures, traditions and ways of life,” said Peleg.

Cohen developed a global conscience about ways of living of people, and he noticed that not everything was a bed of roses and he felt the need to start helping people he met on the road.

Orphan kids

A dream that broadened his horizons

After years of traveling the world, Cohen felt there was something more to be done: to help people in need that he came across along the road.

Thanks to the support of the North American company Modani, which decided to back his project, he could start to make donations in different countries, above all, to help children and invest in their education.

Cohen’s story became popular and he started to appear on the media. That hint gave birth to the website Lonely Peleg, where the solidary traveler shares his pictures and updatings of the places he visits.

Solidary projects of Lonely Peleg

With the help of Modani, Peleg Cohen made donations and participated on different social projects, such as:

  • “Combat malnutrition” in Smokey Mountain, Asia
  • “Love to Learn” in Manila, Philippines, a program that helps to reintegrate children to school.
  • Beit Jabad in Manila and in Seul, South Corea, here support is given to Jewish families.
  • Giving support to children and soldiers in Gaza.

Young Focus (www.youngfocus.org) is a social organization that offers education to disadvantaged children. Many children in the Philippines start to work at the age of 5 or 6 years old to help their families, and they miss the chance to access to education. The main aim of Young Focus is to provide access to a healthy childhood and adulthood.

The program of Young Focus to sponsor schools is for students of primary and secondary schools as well as university. The organization has its own programs as well: Child Care Plus and Love2Learn.

You can learn more about Peleg Cohen by visiting his website http://www.lonelypeleg.com/, you can also join as a volunteer or share a project that you know.

Sources: Lonely Peleg, Young Focus, Indie Gogo, Ynet News.

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