How many times have you returned from holiday with a few foreign coins and notes littered throughout your pockets and bags? If you're anything like us then you probably chuck it all to the back of 'that drawer' with the faint hope that you may one day return to spend it.
Again, like us, you may also be thinking that the money could have been put to better use in the country you've just returned from, which is why we have introduced a collection scheme for all Selective Asia's clients.
In your final travel pack, along with all your essential documents, you will find a small envelope in which you can place any leftover change, as well as any further contributions you may wish to make. Your guide will then return it to the local office to be donated to one of our carefully selected grass-roots charities.
If you do, thank you - a little help can go a surprisingly long way...
Some examples of where contributions are currently being made to:
Founded in 1997, COPE works in partnership with Laos's National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) and provincial rehabilitation centres, providing essential access to orthotic and prosthetic devices and rehabilitation services for disabled people from across Laos who could not otherwise afford the treatment. read more
Selected by the team from our Vientiane office.
The Orangutan Appeal
For many the only reason for wanting to visit Borneo is a chance to see, and spend time with, the mesmerising orang-utans; guaranteed to provide hour after hour of amusement and entertainment to those that visit the few sanctuaries to be found in Sabah and Sarawak.
The Orangutan Appeal is dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of orang-utans and the conservation of their habitat. By providing support and funding for projects across Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo, the appeal strives to protect remaining wild populations of orang-utans.
Selected by the team from our Sabah office.
Working with Children Rainbow Orphanage
Many of the children at the Rainbow Orphanage are 2nd generation casualties of the civil war that tore Cambodia apart for over 30 years, killing an estimated 2 million people - including teachers, doctors and the educated. Many of the children, located 30km west of Siem Reap and run by the dedicated Mr Pean, are still directly affected by the war; with few rural families across the country earning earn little more that $ 1 a day, making living and education a daily battle.
Many of their parents still bare the scars of war, and some are severely disabled, making life for them and their children particularly hard. The orphanage aims to give many of the worst affected a stable home and a chance to receive more than a basic education, creating a genuine opportunity for a better life for them and their families.
Selected by the team from our Phnom Penh office.
SOS Children’s Village, Piliyandala (nr Colombo)
SOS Children's Villages of Sri Lanka is a non-governmental social development organisation that has been committed to children's needs and concerns since 1981. SOS Children's Villages focus on family-based, long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. The aim is centred around creating a reliable family structure and environment for the children, through the provision of a long-term parent, siblings and a stable home. read more
Selected by the team from our Colombo office.
Christina Noble Children's Foundation
Founded in 1997, the Christina Noble's foundation cares not only the street and destitute children, but also their parents and other family members. The focus is to give people back their basic human rights by creating positive opportunities. The foundation provides children with access to a decent education, emergency medical assistance and an improved quality of home life.
The Selective Asia team in HCM City were particularly impressed with the flexibility of the programme, with solutions being tailored to each child's situation and needs read more
Selected by the team from our Hue office.
Carrying out invaluable work to protect the bears of North Vietnam from the excruciating methods used to extract their bile.
More than 2,400 moon, sun and brown bears are kept on bile farms in Vietnam. Bile is extracted using various painful, invasive techniques, all of which cause massive infection in the bears. Most farmed bears are kept in tiny cages, sometimes so small that the bears are unable to turn around or stand on all fours. Some bears are put into cages as cubs and never released. Bears may be kept caged like this for up to 30 years.
Animal's Asia are tackling this industry, and the practises used, head on as well as helping to raise public awareness of the cruel methods used despite the availability of a large number of effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives.
Selected by the team from our Hanoi office.
Yatanabon Yeiknyein Orphanage and Monastic Education School
Yangon's Yatanabon Yeiknyein Orphanage and Monastic Education School was founded in 1992 by its a monk and current headmaster U Margainda. Meaning 'a peaceful place for precious children' there are currently a total of 75 students, some orphaned, others coming from a deprived background. Yatanabon Yeiknyein's provides an education, food, health and shelter for the children, offering them the stable home and upbringing they so desperately require.
Selected by the team from our Yangon office
The East Bali Poverty Project
The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) is a non-profit organisation helping the thousands of people living in abject poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities and electricity in East Bali. For further details, please click here
Selected by the team from our Bali office.