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| Words by Zoe Crane |

Here are some of the things we’re doing at the moment to help build better futures for disadvantaged children in Asia.

Travelling responsibly not only benefits the communities you travel through, but also leads to a better experience for the traveller, as you share stories and learn from the locals you meet. We try to take a realistic and holistic approach to responsible travel where we educate and involve our travellers alongside continued support for causes in the communities we travel through. Here are just a few of the activities we have undertaken recently.

Purkal Youth Development Society, India

Purkal Society, IndiaPurkal Society, India

In Dehradun, in the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India, Purkal Youth Development Society have developed a nutrition program for the area’s underprivileged children, children that otherwise may not even be able to have regular meals. By providing breakfast, fruit, lunch and evening snacks for the kids, Purkal ensure they receive a balanced diet. Travel Indochina has donated $1,500 towards meals for these vulnerable children. This initiative is complemented by free education, mentoring and healthcare, to provide the care and futures these kids deserve.

Streets International, Hoi An, Vietnam

Streets International market tourStreets International market tour

Streets International teaches vulnerable, orphaned, and other disadvantaged young people in Hoi An essential cooking and hospitality skills to prepare them for careers at one of the many hotels and restaurants in the area. Neal Burmas gave up a six figure income in Manhattan when he moved to Vietnam in 2006 to start the program. Watch this short video to see more. One way that Travel Indochina is working with Streets International is by including a market tour with the students on all our Small Group Tours that visit Hoi An. Trong, a student at Streets International told us “My best vivid memory is the first time I did the market tour. I was very happy because when I was small I really admired the tour-guide who can speak English with foreigners. I wished that one day I can talk to foreigners.

Trong from Streets InternationalTrong from Streets International

Loreto Foundation, Vietnam

The Loreto foundation in Vietnam assists disadvantaged and disabled children through a number of education projects. One of these programs is assisting families in rural areas that cannot afford to send their children to school by providing scholarships. Fifty children at Vo Van Thang Primary school in rural Vietnam received a scholarship from Travel Indochina to attend school. At another Loreto project, the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind a number of colleagues from our Saigon office spent the afternoon at the school. Reading stories, singing songs and sharing snacks, the Insider Journeys team felt honoured to be able to spend time with these inspiring youngsters.

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