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Making a Difference in Malawi through Responsible Tourism
Posted on: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Blog Category: 'Uncategorized'

“Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch, for the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.” Leon Brown

Nothing will ever compare to the magical feeling of seeing the smile on a little one’s face, knowing that you made a difference in the world. This is what responsible tourism is all about, and it’s important, especially in Malawi.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with an estimated 74% of the population living below $1.25 a day. One of the key areas responsible tourism focusses on is to invest in the local communities, not just by donations, but also by investing in the future of the community.

Various Malawian communities have benefited from different responsible tourism programmes. One of the Malawi organisations that gives back to the communities is Open Arms Orphanage. It provides love, shelter, food, and medical care to orphaned and abandoned children in Malawi. Children end up orphanages for various reasons, but one of the main reasons is because parents are not able to take care of their child.

Robin Pope Safaris visited the children at Open Arms Orphanage as part of their responsible tourism effort and spent some quality time with the little ones. It was a humbling experience for the team as they were able to see the impact that donations from them and their guests have on the less fortunate.

Another organisation which supports the local community is Nkope School of the Blind near Maccochi. Two children with albinism attend this school and are partially blind. Albinism is a disorder characterised by the partial or complete absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. It is an especially difficult condition to live with when you reside in Africa as the sun can be extremely harsh. When you have no natural protection from that sun, there is a very high risk of sun burn and skin cancer. Robin Pope Safaris’ team also dropped in at the school to deliver donations of sunscreen and other medical supplies. There they witnessed selflessness and a large amount of community love, care and protection where many would doubt it existed.

 

When you give back to the community, it not only grows the community, but it also has a way of making you see the world in a different way.

 

You can also make a difference by booking your stay at lodges committed to responsible tourism and pack for a purpose. 



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