Saga Charitable Trust marks 30th year

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Anniversary appeal launched to continue support in four key areas - education, training, healthcare and income generation

Saga Charitable Trust marks 30th year

The Saga Charitable Trust is marking its 30th year of helping under-privileged people in developing countries by celebrating with staff and donors to mark the incredible contributions that have been made.

From Africa to Peru, India to Vietnam, the trust supports dozens of projects in 17 countries that bring health and welfare benefits, as well as helping to provide skills and opportunities for communities to become self-sufficient.

Saga guests can visit the projects while on their holidays to see how the trust’s donations aim to break a cycle of poverty.

In India, the Mughals and Palaces and India’s Golden Triangle and Beyond escorted tours include visiting a project in Delhi which helps children found living on railway platforms.

The Wonders of Vietnam holidaymakers can see an educational project for disadvantaged children, while in Namibia, Where Deserts Meet guests are invited to visit a nursery school in the township of Swakopmund.

In Mukuni village, home to around 7,000 people, the Saga Charitable Trust supports several projects including the maternity clinic, as well as supplying mosquito nets and malaria testing kits - and guests on the In the Footsteps of Livingstone can see the work that is going on during their holiday.

The charity’s work has also included assisting women’s co-operatives, HIV/Aids support and sending aid after the Boxing Day Tsunami. When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, home to many Saga cruise ship crew members, passengers were quick to respond and together with the trust raised £160,000.

The Saga Charitable Trust was set up in 1985 and has evolved to support communities in four key areas: education, training, healthcare and income generation. The trust has raised more than £1 million and the projects can sometimes be a matter of life of death when funding for water treatment plants in Peru meant communities along the Amazon no longer had to drink contaminated water.

Some initiatives have come from local leaders and in Nepal, a micro-credit scheme to help the poorest families buy buffaloes meant they could sell the milk to pay for their children’s school fees.

Paul Green, Director of Communications at Saga said: “While the Saga Charitable Trust covers all of a project’s running costs, we salute the inspirational supporters who work with us across the globe.

“While on holiday, Saga passengers get to see for themselves how their donations help to protect vulnerable children and improve the health and well-being of local communities.

“The Saga Charitable Trust 30th anniversary appeal will help us to continue to support communities in developing countries across the world that host our holidaymakers and we look forward to supporting many more projects over the next 30 years.”

For details on holidays which include Saga Charitable Trust projects see the World Traveller brochure or visit travel.saga.co.uk

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