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At Dragoman, we believe strongly that we should try to give something back to the communities in the countries we travel through. We are involved in a wide range of community-based tourism projects around the world, and we're really proud of what they manage to achieve in what are often challenging circumstances. There is always more that can be done, but through our involvement in these projects, we try to ensure that local people directly benefit from our group's visits.

To find out more about Dragoman Responsible Tourism projects in Africa, Asia and South America, please use the menu below.

 

New Hope Charitable Trust: India

 

New Hope orphanage Muniguda

Background

The New Hope Charitable Trust supports a series of initiatives in the Odisha Tribal Region north of Chennai in South East India. As a local NGO, its main aim is to help uplift the poor and disadvantaged.

Achievements

Since its foundation New Hope has carried out health inspections on over one million people in western Odisha. Over 6,000 people have been identified with leprosy and most have received treatment. Over 5,000 have been cured. About 400 are currently being treated at their Centre in Muniguda. New Hope also has homes for old people, disabled children and for street children.

NewHopeFoundation3

Our involvement

Dragoman groups travelling between Chennai and Kolkata visit the leprosy centre in Muniguda as part of our 5 day excursion deep into the heart of the Odisha Tribal Region. Groups have a cooking demonstration, spend some time with the children of the New Hope Trust Orphanage and overnight in basic rooms in the grounds of the charitable trust. Read more about our 5 day visit to this area here.

New Hope child showing around