Rainbow's responsible travel: how your holidays help
Rainbow's responsible travel: how your holidays help
Rainbow Tours is committed to responsible travel. From our very conception, we've had the communities and wildlife that we visit at the heart of everything we do. When Roger Diski established Rainbow Tours in 1997 he wanted to show that Africa was a place to be fallen in love with - not pitied. He forged long-lasting working relationships with local communities, allowing us to craft journeys that benefit the country we're visiting without compromising on the experience.
We know that when tourism is carefully managed it can make a huge positive impact on our host countries, but when it isn’t the consequences can be devastating. Us, the travel company, and you, the traveller, have the opportunity to decide how and where we travel – choosing journeys that leave the natural beauty of the destinations we visit unchanged; journeys where you get to experience and understand other people and their cultures.
Our responsible tourism programme is growing all the time as many properties throughout Latin America and Africa have introduced robust environmental and social programmes and we continue to partner with decelopment schemes and charities. Here's an overview of some of the projects we support, and how your holidays with Rainbow Tours make a real difference.
Madagascar: Money for Madagascar
Rainbow Tours is a long-term supporter of Money for Madagascar, organising fund-raising events and making a donation of £30 for every Madagascar booking. The charity funds a variety of projects aimed at tackling the key issues facing Madagascar today including extreme poverty, loss of bio-diversity, poor health, lack of food security and limited access to education. Every year more than 1,000 street kids receive food, education and medical care at Money for Madagascar-funded drop-in centres, and 95 classrooms built by the NGO are used to educate more than 4,000 children in locations across the island.
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New to our portfolio of NGO partners is African Parks, with £10 from every Zambia, Malawi and Rwanda holiday supporting their goal of rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas. This non-profit conservation organisation is the largest counter-poaching force in Africa, managing ten protected areas that cover six million hectares. Success stories include the reintroduction of lions to Rwanda - a species that was extirpated after the genocide, stopping the decimation of Zakouma’s elephant population in Chad, and restoring Majete Nature Reserve in Malawi, making it the country’s premiere wildlife sanctuary.
Need inspiration? Find all our Africa holidays here.
South Africa: Uthando
Rainbow Tours donate £10 from every South Africa holiday to Uthando, a non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism organisation that raises funds for life-changing community development projects in South Africa. Projects like Isiseko Educare Centre, started by the wonderful Mama Zoliswa Siko, which can now provide education for 100 of the most vulnerable and under-privileged children in Mfuleni township, or safe centres such as eKhaya eKasi ‘Home in the Hood’ Art and Education Centre who offer after school activities for children, and skills training for adults, facing extreme poverty.
Begin planning your South Africa holiday today.
Botswana: Travel for Impact
£10 from every Rainbow Botswana holiday goes directly to Travel For Impact, an in-country NGO that works hand-in-hand with local charitable schemes to give practical guidance for effective and sustainable operations - helping each community project to reach its full potential. Beneficiaries are small-scale groups such as Polokong, an organisation that provide vital support to the elderly in Maun in a country there is no provision for the aging members of society. Polokong offers daily meals, personal care and the opportunity to socialise for those over 60 with no family or support network.
Begin planning your Botswana safari holiday here.
Peru: Condor Wings
In September 2016 we chose to support Huatata Preschool and Primary School in Peru. Around 150km from Cusco, the school educates forty-nine children from the surrounding regions. Because of a very poor diet, a staggering 85% of the children suffer from anaemia so Rainbow Tours has chosen to fund an increase in regular food supplies. Contributions have also paid for a vegetable garden on school grounds, enabling the children to add fresh produce to their diet learn and learn about growing their own food, leading a more sustainable life. Amanda Sweeney, Latin America Product Manager travelled to Peru with 40kg of children’s clothing donated by members of Rainbow Tours and sister companies, Regent Holidays and Western & Oriental.
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Costa Rica: Association for Saving the Turtles of Parismina
In Parismina, a remote town on the Caribbean coast, the Association for Saving the Turtles of Parismina is a non-profit run by the community. Locals work to conserve the nesting beach habitats of green, leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles, and protect their eggs from poachers. Turtle guides volunteer with the conservation projects, guard nesting turtles, identify tracks, count egg clutch sizes, record turtle tagging numbers and assist with relocating eggs. The project initiates sustainable development by providing an alternative source of income to poaching, but unfortunately this work is seasonal to match the turtles’ breeding patterns. Between June and September, when there is no hatching or nesting, Parismina hopes to introduce work opportunities in sustainable tourism to provide stable year-round income and in 2016 Rainbow Tours began to support this development. Employment opportunities include recycling projects to reduce rubbish in the environment and organising or leading tours and excursions to the beaches to educate tourists.
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