Our Commitment to Social Responsibility
At Revealed Travel, we strongly believe in providing support and help for social projects in the regions where we work.
In South-East Asia our ground agents locally have introduced us to a number of social projects such as an orphanage in Cambodia and a restaurant in Laos which provides training and job opportunities for disadvantaged youths. In Latin America we are working with the Latin America Travel Association’s own charity, the LATA Foundation, to support social projects throughout the region. These projects are helping to transform lives, providing clean water, dental or medical support and practical training to provide people with new skills in Mexico, Central and South America. Since 2007 the LATA Foundation has donated over £220,000 to a wide range of environmental and social projects in the region.
Amongst the Revealed Travel team are people actively involved with the LATA Foundation. Katie Aston has been on the projects team for the last six years. David Gilmour was chairman of the LATA Foundation for 5 years and continues to give fundraising talks as an active donor to the organisation. He is also an Ambassador for the Todos Juntos Children’s Trust which provides around 35,000 free dental treatments to some 6,500 disadvantaged children in Argentina, a project which also receives some support from the LATA Foundation.
The LATA Foundation is run entirely by volunteers, most of whom have a background in the travel industry. As the Latin America Travel Association covers minor bank fees and any administration charges, including pays for any printing and publicity materials, it means that all donations to the LATA Foundation go directly to projects and are not swallowed up by overheads. The projects themselves are carefully vetted and assessed and are closely monitored to ensure that funds go where they are needed most.
Core Projects 2018
In 2018, the LATA Foundation is supporting the following core projects, in addition to providing continuing support to a range of other projects, such as the Todos Juntos Dental Project in Argentina. It is an overall commitment of some £50,000 this year:
Brazil – VidArte Favela Project, Rio de Janeiro
Extra-curricular ballet, drama, football and audio-visual activities and classes to over 400 children and teenagers in one of the city’s notorious slums. This provides them with a safe place to go and, of course, encourages teamwork and discipline. Participation in classes and activities is subject to the pupils’ own attendance in mainstream education.
Support: £5,000 to pay 3 teachers wages, transport and food from February to September.
Guatemala – Mother & Baby Project, Santa Caterina de Baranhona
A Mother and Baby Health programme in a rural community where 80% of people live in poverty, in the 1000-day window, from pregnancy to the first two years, which is critical for child development. The programme includes information and advice on breastfeeding, vaccinations, mosquito-borne diseases, cleanliness and the proper disposal of waste.
Nicaragua – Mountain Road Project, El Caracol and Agua Fría
The LATA Foundation has already funded a successful crop diversification project for two rural communities in Western Nicaragua. This year the Foundation is contributing towards improvements on the 2km mountain road to improve access to enable 500 people receive primary health care, make it easier for children to get to school and for farmers to take produce to markets to sell goods.
Support: £5,000 for improvements to 2km mountain road
Peru – After-school education, near Cuzco
Literacy lessons and English classes in an after-schools project in Oropesa and surrounding villages just outside Cuzco. In 2018 60 children will benefit ranging in age from 4 to 14.
Panama City – Training for disadvantaged women
Providing disadvantaged women with new skills and job opportunities in conjunction with Fundacion Calicanto and the travel industry. The average age of the women is 30 and she has three children, often with different fathers. Most have not completed their secondary education, live in poverty and 83% are from broken homes. 40% are victims of domestic violence.
Galapagos Islands – Plastics Campaign
We are working with the Galapagos Conservation Trust on an ambitious 5-year project to clean up the islands, campaign for the responsible disposal of waste and to reduce the use of plastic, in particular single-use bags, bottles, straws and cups and encourage the move towards sustainable packaging.
Argentina – Community Tourism, La Salamanca, Nr Salta
An indigenous Community Tourism Project near Salta in the North-West. In recent years the LATA Foundation has helped to set up a visitor centre and created bike tours (providing much needed jobs for local Guarani people). This year the plan is to build a canteen to help generate additional income locally.
Ecuador – Educational Project, Quito
In Ecuador, 34% of children do not complete their education, usually because their families can’t afford uniforms, books or transport – none of which are provided by the state – and sometimes because they are under pressure to get a job to support their families. The LATA Foundation is supporting a small educational project run by the Condor Trust with the provision of uniforms, books and school materials for secondary school pupils who are keen to learn but who are in danger of dropping out. Some have now gone on to graduate from higher education and are flourishing in professional jobs and thus breaking the familiar cycle of poverty.
”This project gave me the chance to finish school,” said Carolina, “and is now supporting me through University. It has given me and my whole family the hope of a much better future.” The Condor Trust has a very good track record of working with local schools to carefully identify boys and girls that are at risk.
Support: £5,000 to sponsor 8 children (£625 each)
Panama – Conservation Project, Azuero Peninsula (100km West of Panama City)
A conservation project to protect just under 100 square miles of tropical dry forest. Tropical dry forest is the most endangered type of forest in Panama consisting of beaches, mangroves, dunes and marshes. The mangroves are the reproductive sites of many species of fish. Dunes are natural barriers to erosion, beaches are important for turtles to come ashore and lay their eggs and the marshes provide the important habitat, breeding and feeding grounds for hundreds of species of birds as well as the endangered Azuero Spider Monkey.
Costa Rica – Education Project, Guanacaste
Basic Education, English classes and Computer Skills
In the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica state education amounts to just 3 hours of tuition on 85 days each year, a paltry total of just 255 hours. The LATA Foundation is supporting a dedicated Youth Development programme which is delivering basic education, English classes and computer skills to 290 children in two villages. In 2017 they provided 688 hours of classes in one village and 642 hours in another.
Please visit the LATA Foundation to find out more and learn how the travel industry is working together to provide support for these projects. If you would like to make your own donation to the LATA Foundation, please follow the links from their website. On some tailor-made itineraries (e.g. Brazil, Guatemala and Costa Rica) it may be possible to visit a particular project.