During my talks at various travel exhibitions I always state that if tourists were made more aware, by their tour operators, of the poverty surrounding their luxury resorts, then they would be more inclined to give a donation.
One tour company, Exquisite Safaris and one of our partners insists on sending their clients to visit a humantarian project as an essentail part of their itinerary. Exquisite Safaris is the pioneer in luxury Philanthropic Travel and donates $US250 for every client who visits an NGO project and The Butterfly Tree is fortunate to be operating in a catchment area, being so close to the Victoria Falls, where tourists can make daily visits to Mukuni Village.
This year we have received many offers of visitors wishing to sponsor an orphan or give a donation to this rural community and just as I was so touched on my first visit to Victoria Falls, others have felt the same. I am delighted to say that several of these people have come ‘on board’ to raise further funds and awareness for The Butterfly Tree.
Zambia is experiencing a ‘boom’ in tourism and as an NGO in Zambia I am dedicated to getting more tour operators, lodges, hotels and tourists involved in ‘giving something back’. Just a small donation could make a difference to someone’s life and a more substantial one could build a bore hole, providing safe, clean water for hundreds of people.