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Charitable Donations

Africa provides a wonderful experience for travellers, but of course one is always aware of the problems suffered by many people living there. Tourism can help to alleviate poverty by creating all manner of work – it is estimated that eight tourists to Africa create the equivalent of one full-time job, and the income from work supports extended families.

However, we are often asked to recommend charities to our customers that we feel are making a real difference.

Below are some of the small charities that we have supported in the past. Often they are charities which receive very limited funding and have to make every penny stretch as far as possible. In each case, we have personal knowledge of the work that they do and feel that they are making an effective difference on the ground.

Money for Madagascar

This inspirational UK-registered charity (No. 1001420) represents and assists some truly inspiring projects in Madagascar. We continue to support it with a donation made from each of our Madagascar bookings. 

Akany Avoko, just outside Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, began as a refuge for homeless and destitute young girls. Administered by Money for Madagascar, the centre now also caters for their brothers. It offers shelter, care, education and the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge to about 130 children. It is not a sad place. Children from desperate situations are supported in transforming their lives. Akany Avoko offers all levels of education and helps them to grow into happier, more able people.

Akany Avoko promotes environmentally sound ways of improving life in Madagascar. The aim  is for self-sufficiency. It embraces alternative technologies and is discovering ways to beat the poverty that is threatening to destroy Madagascar’s unique unique environment and culture. Tourism projects are a very important element in this. 

Money for Madagascar also works with the inspiring NGO Association Mitsinjo

In the Andasibe-Mantadia region, Association Mitsinjo administers a 700ha concession consisting of rainforest and an abandoned timber plantation that they are restoring to indigenous forest. To date the NGO has planted more than 1 million trees, the aim being to create forest corridors linking isolated fragments of rainforest so that wildlife populations can move between these and strengthen genetic diversity. Aside from wonderful wildlife watching in what is the country's number 1 'must see' rainforest wildlife hotspot, visitors are encouraged to help offset their carbon footprints by planting an endangered endemic tree as part of the reforestation programme.

Canon Collins Trust

In the past, we supported the Canon Collins Trust, a charity founded in 1981 by the British Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa. Named after it's first Chairman Canon John Collins who died in 1982, its object was to assist South African and Namibian refugee students to gain the higher education and training denied them under the apartheid system. Students attended institutions in the United Kingdom and in independent African states.

In 1990, following the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners and the unbanning of anti-apartheid organisations, Canon Collins Trust developed a scholarship programme in South Africa, mainly at Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDIs). Individual black students were supported mostly on science and education courses at a range of universities and technikons. At the same time the study programme in the United Kingdom was continued.

Today Canon Collins Trust aims to build the knowledge and skills of local people and community organisations so that they can help build a better future in 10 southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
As the biggest and one of the only non-governmental providers of postgraduate scholarships to southern Africa, Canon Collins Trust works to train managers, economists, teachers, health professionals, civil servants, and a range of skilled personnel, in order to contribute to the development of the region. In the last 15 years Canon Collins Trust has provided over 3,000 postgraduate scholarships.

Website: www.canoncollins.org.uk

Canon Collins Trust is a UK registered charity No. 11022028

 

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