Tourism Matters

The Tour Collective is passionate about creating a better future for the travel industry and the local communities we visit.

As a believer in responsive travel, we are not oblivious of the numerous natural disasters which have befallen some tourist havens. In our bid to create a humanitarian legacy, we use our platform to solicit support and volunteer efforts aimed at reaching out to victims and affected communities.

The following is an overview of some of the ways you can contribute and get involved.

 

Re-build Communities Post Disaster

Typhoon Haiyan/Super Typhoon Yolanda – Philippines

With the Tour Collective, you will assist vulnerable people by donating to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, otherwise known as Super Typhoon Yolanda. This was one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on 8 November 2013.

Typhoon Haiyan wasthe strongest storm recorded at landfall with a wind strength equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record killing at least 6,300 people in the Philippines with over 1,785 people reported missing. According to UN officials, around 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.

You can contribute by donating at:
https://www.unicef.org/philippines/supportunicef_21742.html

Mount Sinabang, North Sumatra – Indonesia

Mount Sinabang is just one of many active volcanoes within Indonesia (the Smithsonian Institute’s Global Volcanism Program lists 145 within the country, of which 33 are also located, on the island of Sumatra).

Sinabang is a stratovolcano (one made of alternating layers of ash and lava) and the latest eruption is characterized by large numbers of debris flows of volcanic material known as pyroclastic flows. Up to 426 of these pyroclastic flows were recorded in just two days during 4-5 January 2014 in addition to an ash plume rising to around 7km.

According to the Indonesian Institute of Disaster Management, the current number of people displaced by the eruption stands at around 23,000. The volcano has also had a devastating economic impact, with the disaster agency estimating costs more than $100 million across a broad range of areas, including infrastructure, farming and tourism. The scale of the eruption is significant and there is still need for humanitarian aid in the several temporary camps, wheresupplies of necessities such as clean water and baby milk are running out.

You can contribute by donating at:
http://www.sinabung.com/help

 

Gorkha Earthquake – Nepal

On 25 April 2015, Nepal experienced a major earthquake which devastated large parts of the country. The Gorkha earthquake, measuring 7.8-magnitude, caused the deaths of nearly 9,000 people, injury to 22,000 and loss and damage equivalent to USD 7 billion. To date it is the deadliest natural disaster recorded in Nepal in more than 81 years.

Two years after the disaster, rebuilding activities, especially in the remote villages of Gorkha, which lie at the epicenter of the deadly earthquake, are still in desperate need. It is because Gorkha is one of most the remote parts of Nepal that earthquake disaster relief activities haven’t reached out here as much as they should.

You can contribute by volunteering at:
http://acethehimalaya.com/voluntourism/voluntourism-trips/nepal-rebuild-volunteer-program.html

 

The American Red Cross – Worldwide

The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

The Red Cross is a worldwide institution in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.

The Red Cross is independent. The national societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with Red Cross principles.

http://www.redcross.org/donations/companies-and-foundations/giving-opportunities