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We are committed to encouraging the cultures, traditions and arts of the communities we visit to thrive. We seek to enable communities to see true benefits from tourism through economic empowerment. Our support of micro-enterprises and community-based tourism initiatives help build positive futures for community members and their families.

 

UTHANDO 

Uthando’s eKhaya eKasi “Home in the Hood”

Uthando meaning love in Xhosa, is a unique non-profit organization which aims to raise funds for life-changing community development projects in South Africa. African Travel, Inc. supports Uthando’s eKhaya eKasi “Home in the Hood” Art and Education Centre which serves as a community resource and helps with skills training and entrepreneurship. For those that want to learn about Cape Town’s culture, history, and philanthropic community, we can arrange a private experience with Uthando visiting the city’s eastern townships. Discover diverse community projects that uplift its residents through arts and education while enjoying an in-depth overview of South Africa’s past and its exciting future.

 

AGNES ELISA MUSHI & THE MAASAI MARKET        

On a spot of fate our CEO Lucille Sive became new friends with the incredible Agnes Elisa Mushi in a Maasai market in Tanzania. Agnes sells beaded coasters which are made from a group of women who live in an isolated area of the Mkonoo-Terrat Villages outside of Arusha Town.

Most of these women are widows and are supported by Agnes who purchases their hand-made beaded decorations and sells them at the local Maasai Market. African Travel is happy to help support the women in this village and their creativity by purchasing these coasters as a gift for our clients. Supporting these women is imperative as a large part of their community benefits as these women are then able to feed and clothe their children and most importantly send them to school and care for their elders.

 

SEXY SOCKS

African Travel President Sherwin Banda participating in a sock drop to Capricorn Primary School

Sexy Socks is a charitable company whose mission is to provide every child in South Africa with a pair of socks to wear to school. These socks are eco-friendly, made with unique bamboo fibers and crafted by the local women in Cape Town. For every pair of Sexy Socks purchased by African Travel, Inc., a pair of socks is donated to a child in need.

 

IRAQ AL-AMIR WOMEN'S COOPERATIVE IN JORDAN

The Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative provides crucial training and employment support to the women in the Iraq al-Amir region of Jordan. As many as 150 women from surrounding villages have been trained by the cooperative, which produces and sells heritage handicrafts for the tourism industry.

You will have the opportunity to visit this former TreadRight Foundation-funded project on Secrets of Jordan.  Learn about the cooperative’s aim to become a sustainable business and hear the stories of the women.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We invite all of our guests to volunteer during their journeys to Africa. African Travel’s Safari Specialists can facilitate those who want to donate their time, expertise or physical labor to a variety of projects in East and Southern Africa. Spend a day reading and making crafts with disadvantaged school children, assist at a medical clinic or help with repairs at a local community center.

 

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