The Foundation

Our Foundation

At Original Travel, we believe travel and tourism should positively affect the people whose destinations we visit. Our Foundation, created in 2009, supports a number of humanitarian projects in developing countries, particularly in Africa, Asia and South America. Since 2009, nearly £800,000 has been invested in the support of nearly a hundred humanitarian projects in 30 developing countries.

Our Foundation Committee meets annually in order to select the programmes we will support. We focus on five key areas: child protection, vocational training, economic development assistance, preservation of cultural and natural heritage and safeguarding the lifestyles of indigenous peoples.

In addition, we also look to support emergency relief efforts in the face of large natural and humanitarian disasters. We spend almost 14% of our budget each year on emergency humanitarian aid.

Case Study
Masai Mara, Kenya

Since 2015 our Foundation has been helping to improve the living conditions and educational opportunities for the Maasai population in Kenya. We have helped local communities by providing support to the following areas of development:

  • Helping to set up child sponsorships for schooling and the collection of school materials
  • Providing literacy classes to all ages
  • Conducting awareness campaigns against FGM (female genital mutilation)
  • Helping those living with HIV and improving education levels around the virus
  • Building a safe drinking water dispensary and a wood oven for a village of 80 Maasai people