Projects supported

Contributing to local society and environment

As a small token of respect for and gratefulness to the cultural and natural beauty of the areas that we visit and the hospitality of its people, we think it is only natural to lend a hand with some of the developmental and environmental issues that these places face.

Of the tours labeled with one of icons dispalayed to the right
5% of the 'land cost' (amount spent on local travel arrangements) will be used for community support, education or environmental improvements.


Apart from this, we support projects by taking our clients there and giving them the opportunity to either directly support the projects by donations or indirectly supporting them by buying products, food or accommodation they provide.


Ladakh

Ladakh Nuns Association (LNA)

This a partly Dutch-funded initiative, was born out of a need to revive the tradition of nuns in Ladakh. The association endeavors to empower the nuns of Ladakh through education and the development of life skills, enabling them to become accomplished Dharma teachers, active social workers and Amchis (Tibetan Medicine practitioners). They have numerous ongoing projects that frequently need funds that are donated by international organizations and individuals alike. Likewise, JTT plans to pump in a certain portion of its profit to one or the other of the LNA projects. For more information, go to http://www.ladakhnunsassociation.org/.


SOS Tibetan Children’s Village

On a few tours, you will come across an area inhabited by real and semi-nomads of the Tibetan origin.  These people, called the Changpa, are constantly on the move, thereby making it difficult for their children to avail of a real education. Addressing this lack, the SOS Tibetan Children's Village NGO has set up a boarding school for the Changpa children. We have visited this school several times and so have reason to believe that they are indeed quite well run both from the academic and cultural perspective. For instance, a full day each week is devoted to the Tibetan culture, the language, customs etc. As we'll be more or less passing one of these schools on some of our tours and on a trek in Rupshu, we feel it’s a good idea to support this noble venture by donating 5% of the 'land cost' (the amount spent on local travel arrangements) of the tours. For more information go to http://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/News/News/Pages/Help-in-Leh-Ladakh.aspx.


Northeast India

Kaziranga Hat

‘Hat’ means market or market place in Assamese. Kaziranga Hat is an indigenous rural women’s weaving enterprise initiated by a  creative lady entrepreneur called Rupjyoti. Armed with a native business sense and quiet pride in the exquisite indigenous Assamese textiles, she has grown by leaps and bounds making this enterprise a self-sustainable venture that provides meaningful livelihood to many women in that area. She has a small but tasteful retail outlet alongside weaving factory where one can see the painstaking process of creating beautiful hand woven cloths. On all of our tours that include a visit to Kaziranga N.P. we give our clients the opportunity to visit Rupjyoti’s shop.


WWF India/Assam

In Assam, WWF India works primarily in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Landscape (KKL) situated within the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot. Kaziranga National Park has a population of about 2500 elephants - about half of Assam’s elephant population - and about 40% of Assam’s tigers. Also, the park has more than 2200 rhinos, comprising close to 80% of the rhino population in India. Understandably, this makes the area critical for protection and conservation of wildlife and their habitats. WWF’s work in this area focuses mainly on ensuring a safe passage of the rather large mammals - Asian elephant, Indian rhinoceros and the magnificent tiger between different wildlife habitats without the highly avoidable human-wildlife conflicts taking place.


IFAW India

The International Fund for Animal Welfare in India partners with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the Assam Forest Department, and the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department on a number of projects in India. For instance, IFAW runs the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center on the outskirts of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, and the IFAW Bear Rescue Center in the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh.

Wildlife in northeastern India is frequently threatened by natural disasters, mainly floods, and poaching as well. The rescue centers rescue and rehabilitate a wide range of species including orphan elephant and rhino calves, wild buffaloes, tigers, leopards, deer, birds and small carnivores. The goal of these rescue centers is to successfully return all treated individuals to their native habitat.

IFAW has been part of the highly successful transmigration of wild rhino’s from Pobitora N.P. to Manas N.P. (where the erstwhile considerable population was wiped out in the nineties by poachers and insurgents), as well as the release of two young clouded leopard cubs back into the wild at Manas N.P.


Sikkim & Darjeeling

School Aid India

Anyone who thinks that children don’t like school has not seen Indian children of all ages happily walking miles in all kinds of nasty weather just to get to school each day. Unfortunately, the poor get an inferior education, if at all, given that the education system in India is not uniform but leans heavily towards private expensive institutions that are afforded only by the rich. School Aid India, also known as SAI, is a small charity based in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, UK that provides high quality free education in English, and all the academic paraphernalia that goes along such as books and uniforms etc. This education is provided in a school in Darjeeling called Roseberry, located on a steep hillside in the locality where the immigrant Sherpa community once settled. It admits 20 pre-school children annually for 7 years normally. Discreet screening of families limits admissions to children in need. SAI pays all the bills and provides free books and uniforms so that no child is deprived of a good education because of poverty. For more information on how you can help, please go to Roseberry School, Darjeeling: http://www.schoolaidindia.org/.


Other Projects supported in Sikkim & Darjeeling

  1. Life and Leaf Fairtrade store, Darjeeling: http://www.lifeandleaf.org

  2. Tibetan Refugee Self-help centre, Darjeeling

  3. KEEP (Khedi Ecotourism and Eco Development Promotion), Pastenga