Giving Back

Remote Lands feels passionately that it is imperative to give back to the local communities we visit. Our philosophy is based on the strong belief that travel to developing nations can have an equally positive impact on the local residents as on the visitors. Many of the countries in Asia are evolving and, as such, benefit greatly from assistance in areas like education, arts, healthcare, children’s needs, architecture preservation, environmental preservation and wildlife protection. We highly encourage clients traveling with us to visit NGOs and to take an active interest in their missions. These are some of Remote Lands’ favorite foundations. 

BHUTAN


The Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF) works to further the development of Bhutan and its people through programs that impact its educational and social institutions. BCF achieves its goals through partnerships with the people of Bhutan, carrying on a long-standing tradition of Canadian and Bhutanese knowledge exchange, cooperation and goodwill. Since 2009, The Bhutan Canada Foundation has supported Bhutan's goals to develop thoughtfully as nation, reduce poverty and cultivate an educated populous who can meaningfully participate in both national and local affairs. By providing teachers, supplies and scholarships BCF is helping the Royal Government of Bhutan to achieve these goals. BCF also provides educational advisement services in Bhutan Since 2011 the foundation has worked with the Bhutan Dental Mission to improve dental health across Bhutan. BCF also provides cultural liaison services to visitors to Bhutan and promotes continued cultural understanding and friendship between Bhutan and Canada. The Bhutan Canada Foundation is a registered Canadian charity.


Bhutan Canada Foundation

BHUTAN


Tarayana's mission is to help the vulnerable and disadvantaged help themselves, with the goal of creating a happy and poverty-free Bhutan. The foundation looks at life through the eyes of the most vulnerable people, understanding their dreams, and providing means for them to reach out to achieve those dreams. Tarayana Foundation was established in 2003 by Her Majesty the Queen, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, as a potential solution to the problems of the disadvantaged that she witnessed first hand during her tours to the remote corners of the nation. Despite the pro-poor development strategy of the government, small communities in far-flung areas are still lagging behind. The Foundation was established to help these communities achieve self-sufficiency through small and targeted interventions. Tarayana Foundation is a non-profit organization wholeheartedly working to uplift and enhance the lives of people in rural communities in Bhutan. The Foundation complements and supplements the efforts of the Royal Government in poverty reduction by espousing the national goal, Bhutan 2020: A Vision for Peace, Prosperity and Happiness.


Tarayana Foundation

CAMBODIA


Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) is the lead partner and sponsor of Season of Cambodia. The mission of Cambodian Living Arts is to facilitate the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. Cambodian Living Arts is creating an environment where Cambodian arts empower and transform individuals and communities. Cambodian Living Arts activities focus on building the capacity of artists and the arts community, arts education, promoting awareness of the arts, and advocating for the arts with cultural policymakers and major institutions. Cambodian Living Art‘s philosophy of art and art making is to understand what it means to be Cambodian and to create a sense of unity and shared culture in a post war nation. Cambodian Living Art‘s vision is to make the arts the national and international signature of Cambodia, becoming a catalyst for a vibrant and dynamic cultural sector throughout Cambodia. Cambodian Living Arts, a program of The Marion Institute is a 501(c)3 organization.


Cambodian Living Arts

CAMBODIA


The Center for Khmer Studies’ (CKS) mission is to support research, teaching and public service in the social sciences, arts and humanities as they relate to Cambodia. We aim to connect Cambodian scholars, students, professional workers and artists with their international colleagues for the purpose of fostering understanding of Cambodia and Southeast Asia. Specifically, the CKS seeks to facilitate research and international scholarly exchange through programs that increase understanding of Cambodia and its region, help strengthen Cambodia’s cultural and academic structures and integrate Cambodian scholars into their regional and international community, and promote a vigorous Cambodian civil society.


Center for Khmer Studies

INDONESIA


The PAK Orphanage Project in Indonesia supports facilities in Java, South Sulawesi and Papua, and is home to approximately 130 children. Most are orphans, but others come from families too poor to support their children. The orphanage provides them with food and lodging and education - and even more importantly, a supportive environment where they are loved and nurtured. The PAK Orphanage Project is happy to accept donations of all kinds. They utilize project (financial) contributions to buy better food for the children, as well as new clothes (uniforms), school materials, furniture etc. Notably, the project contributions enable them to occasionally take the children on short educational field trips, which they greatly enjoy. However, the most valuable contribution you can make is your time. Volunteers are welcome to stay at the orphanages and teach the children how to speak English and other important skills. PAK believes that this cross-cultural experience enriches the future prospects of the children. The real beneficiaries of the program, however, are the volunteers, who learn so much from their time spent with the children.


PAK Orphanage Project

SRI LANKA


Agape Children's Village is an orphanage currently housing about 66 children in Tissamaharama in southern Sri Lanka. The benevolent Pastor Dayaratne started taking in orphaned and abused children after the 2004 tsunami disaster, and has dramatically changed the lives of many who would otherwise have nowhere to live and no one to look after them. The children at the orphanage love to play cricket, hide and seek and leapfrog. They enjoy singing, drawing and tossing the frisbee. Most of all, they love meeting visitors, making new friends and testing out their English on them. Although the children are very well cared for and living in a loving environment, space is extremely tight, and the facilities in the Home are severely lacking. New dorms and kitchens with basic necessities are being built, which are a good start. Still, the Agape Children's Village is in need of help and contributions of all kinds would be welcomed.


Agape Children's Village

THAILAND


Elephant Nature Park or "ENP," is the result of decades of work, sweat and risk on behalf of Thailand's elephants as carried out by Lek Chailert. Known as "the Mother Teresa of endangered and at-risk elephants," Lek was selected as Time Magazine's "Hero of Asia." She's been featured on Animal Planet, in National Geographic and the San Francisco Chronicle. The ENP was established in the 1990's with the aim of providing a sanctuary and rescue center for injured elephants. The park is located about 60 kilometers outside of Chiang Mai. Other projects carried out by the ENP include "Elephant Heaven," where the elephants in the park return to the wild for a limited time in order to re-learn survival skills, and various community outreaches in rural Thailand (known as the "Jumbo Express") where locals are taught the very best ways to care for the elephant.


Elephant Nature Park

TIBET


Tibetan Village Project (TVP) is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development while preserving the rich cultural heritage of Tibet. The organization was founded in 2001 by Tamdin Wangdu to fund a medical clinic in after he lost his father in the village. Several years later, TVP has expanded its program in other villages to support more clinics, schools and community projects. TVP is registered in the United States as a nonprofit with 501(c)3 status. All projects TVP are coordinated by Tibetans with support from board and supporters to help Tibetan communities on Tibetan Plateau using a bottom-up approach. Most of our projects are small-scale initiatives that work directly with Tibetan villagers and with local government through project-coordinators chosen from each village who know the local situation, understand the culture, and speak the language.


Tibetan Village Project