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Haiti Earthquake Appeal

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Travelandinsure.com and its sister company, Trade Aid UK, have been able to respond rapidly to an appeal for urgent funds to help the Haiti earthquake victims, only days after a 7.0 magnitude quake shook Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, to its foundations, killing thousands and leaving over two million people without food, water, or shelter.  We were approached to assist by the international charity, Medair, whose Emergency Response Team is working to meet the most urgent needs of medical care, clean water, sanitation, and shelter.   This we were able to do.

There continues to be urgent need for safe, clean drinking water, medical assistance, and shelter for the most vulnerable. Even before the earthquake, Haiti had the lowest Human Development Index (HDI) ranking in the western hemisphere. This was already a very poor country in great need — now with the infrastructure of the country destroyed, people’s survival is dependent on emergency aid. Trade Aid Uk and Travelandinsure.com are pleased to support Medair.

Medair, has launched a 2 for 1 appeal where we will match the first £10,000 donations that the Charity receives from this appeal.You can support this appeal by logging onto www.medair.org/x2. Medair brings emergency relief and rehabilitation to over two million people a year in some of the most vulnerable countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, all countries that are severely affected by conflicts, natural disasters, or other crises. To this list, Haiti can now be added.

Medair responds to natural disasters, conflicts that uproot communities and crises, such as drought or disease. You can find out more about Medair and the work they are doing by logging onto their website at www.medair.org. You can see what other projects are supported by Travelandinsure.com and Trade Aid UK at www.tradeaiduk.com.

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Cycle ride raises £4700

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

So the final figure raised from this summer’s Land’s End to John O’ Groats cycle ride has reached just short of £5000.  This sum was handed over to the Pokot Rural Services Trust at a presentation held last night at West Buckland School in North Devon.  Attended by the school cyclist, their families and teachers and directors of Travel and Insure and Trade Aid UK, the money will go to fund the 24 hi-bred goats and associated husbandry training that the Pokot Trust have delivered to the remote area of Northern Kenya where they do their important work.  Those who followed the progress of the cyclists in July, through the Travel and Insure Blog reports at the time, may recall the incident in Bridgewater, which could have de-railed the charity ride, when bikes were stolen but then recovered through the efforts of the local police.  Not only did this allow the riders to complete the ride but the Bridgewater Police Force also donated £100 to the sponsorship appeal and were present at last night’s ceremony to hand their cheque to the Pokot Directors.  This is just one of the many examples of generosity that the cycle team witnessed throughout their 12 day ride, all of which contributed to the very worthwhile cause that these 14 to 17 year old riders and staff supported in the Summer of 2008.  This article is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Journey’s end

Monday, July 21st, 2008

The final report has been received from the Land’s End to John o’ Groats cycle team who have posted the following: “After a fairly gruelling final 75 miles on Day 16 of our Land’ End to John o’ Groats, the team supported by two Travelandinsure directors crossed the finish line at 6.15pm on Sunday 20th July.  Not content with just the rain that has followed our progress right from the start, the elements decided to throw in a 30 mph headwind for good measure.  Departing from the tiny village of Altnahara, near Lairg, the route took us north along deserted minor roads to reach the Atlantic ocean at Bettyhill.  Then east along Scotland’s northernmost coastline through Thurso to John o’ Groats.  A journey of 960 miles since setting out on Saturday 5 July was never going to be a straight forward affair though we did not expect the weather to be so set against us but it as been worth all the effort. Some family members had travelled all the way to be there at the finish and to host an unexpected evening party which we all so appreciated.”  The team have now set off by minibus to return to Devon and for our staff members to return to Chichester.  What has been overwhelming is the way the general public have rallied to the cause.  Not only have people been really interested in the cycle feat itself but have been so generous in their support.  A mid way stop over in Carlisle for a quiet meal in Franco’s Ristorante resulted in a spontaneous donations to the Pokot Trust Project.  We could not ask for more.  This article is brought to you by travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Travel and Insure to sponsor cycle ride

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Over the next couple of weeks, two of our directors will be trading suits for lycra to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.  And, no it’s not a mid-life crisis but will be in support of one of the aid projects with which Travelandinsure has been involved over the last twelve months.  During this time, we have made donations to help buy hi-bred goats for breeding in Kenya through the Pokot Rural Service Project, a small organisation administered here in the UK.  The goats are bred by Farm Africa in their goat programme in Tanzania and then purchased by the Pokot Project.  These goats are of a high genetic source which will increase the health and productivity of local stocks and provide the owners with a good form of revenue. The farmers undergo a training period and are carefully selected to receive these goats and then, as the breeding cycle begins, the farmer gives back to the aid programme a quota, thereby enabling the scheme to develop its own self sustainability.  The plan is to continue training with members of women’s groups in the West Pokot community in North West Kenya.  In general, these people have not suffered directly from the riots which occurred in neighbouring districts in 2007 but they will nevertheless be greatly affected by its knock-on effects, as so many already live close to the breadline.  A second project is planned to start training another group in goat husbandry, thereby expanding the benefits of the Dairy Goat Improvement Programme. Not only does the scheme demonstrate the relevance and benefits of organic, rotational crop production but it also encourages small farmers away from the expensive, input dependant monoculture of maize that prevails in the area.  If you are interested to know more about our aid project activity, then do visit our Aid page on the Travelandinsure website.  Should you wish to follow the progress of the cycling team, then they will be posting regular updates on our website and, if you would like to sponsor our two intrepid cyclists, then you can do so easily on-line at www.justgiving.com/travelandinsure.

Report on Aid Programmes – 2007

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

At travelandinsure.com we really do try and make a difference. As our Homepage declares, “travel insurance with a difference,” our intention is to identify aid programmes that support self sufficiency and not create a culture of aid reliance and dependency. We welcome feedback on priority areas on which to focus our efforts and indeed are always receptive to particular projects that come to our attention through our customers. Primarily our concerns are to alleviate the effects of poverty and we support existing aid organisations that already have established efficient infrastructures so that we can be confident that funds are being used to target specific problem areas. This is an efficient use of resources but also means that we can carefully monitor where and how funds are being used and the effectiveness of individual aid projects. In this, we liaise closely with Trade Aid UK who have been generating funds for several years to support aid efforts globally. We are proud to be involved in this important work.

So what have we supported in the last 12 month? Through the charity, Links International, we have provided essential funding to purchase water filtration units to help bring clean fresh water to remote villages in Uganda that have no source of safe clean water. The units work by a simple filtration system which will take any water, no matter how polluted, and by a gradual overnight process will filter a bucket of filthy water into water totally fit for human consumption. These units work on a small scale so each family in a village can have their own supply. This is an exciting new project with huge potential worldwide. Access to a safe and clean water supply is denied to well over a billion people so we are carefully monitoring the success of these units in Uganda with a view to distribute them to other countries with people in similar need. Funding has also been directed to primary healthcare teams in Southern Africa. Training is provided to local staff who travel to remote villages and locations to instruct on simple healthcare issues with tremendous success. These teams have proven to be a very effective instrument in improving infant mortality rates and overcome the misinformation and obstructive thinking on such crucial areas as aids, childbirth, nutrition and basic healthcare. We hope to maintain this effort as an ongoing project.

Reports on Aid Programmes Summer 2007

Monday, August 27th, 2007
  • Primary Health Care Teams – South Africa
  • Education Programme – Peru
  • Children’s Refuge – Colombia
  • Water Filtration – Uganda
  • Girls Orphanage – Ghana
  • Micro Enterprise – Philippines
  • Funding of important projects has continued apace in the first half of 2007 through the income generated from the sale of Trade Aid UK sugar. We are delighted by the volume of sales in Tesco stores throughout the UK which has permitted us to support charities with their important work in the developing world. This has been given a boost by the launch of an ethical Travel Insurance product, travelandinsure.com. This company has teamed up with Trade Aid UK to support aid projects through the sale of its travel insurance policies.

    PRIMARY HEALTH CARE TEAMS – SOUTH AFRICA

    Funding has been directed through the Charity, Links International (www.linksinternational.org.uk) towards Primary Health Care teams in South Africa. Training has been provided to local staff who travel to remote villages and locations to instruct on simple health care issues with tremendous success. These teams have proven to be a very effective instrument in improving infant mortality rates, and overcome the misinformation and obstructive thinking on such crucial areas as Aids, childbirth, nutrition and basic health care. Regional government has been keen to work with Links International and, at the personal invitation of Nelson Mandela, they were able to send a team to his own village to train 250 delegates. This is vital on going work and will continue to receive funding from Trade Aid.

    EDUCATION PROGRAMME – PERU

    Through Project Peru (www.projectperu.org.uk), an aid charity based in Guildford, we have been able to fund a teacher for six months to work in their Refuge in Zapallal near Lima. This is a home established to provide food, shelter and support for children and families in need. The charity provides a base in which shelter and security is given to displaced and marginalised people, in particular, woman, young children and the elderly to improve their access to free education, healthcare and nutrition.

    CHILDRENS REFUGE – COLOMBIA

    Through the charity, IMC, (www.imc-uk.org.uk), we continue to contribute to the on going costs of running a children’s home in Fusa near Bogota, providing a safe environment for children who would otherwise be left to the dangers of street life. Without a home or any hope of regular food, children can very easily fall prey to drugs and child prostitution. The home provides a secure haven, where good food and education are provided so that the children can grow up with life skills to take with them into adulthood.

    As an additional help to similar families living in the same village, IMC provides a feeding programme designed to cater for up to 100 children to give them one hot meal each day. It is planned to extend the existing successful programme in Fusa to other areas.

    WATER FILTRATION – UGANDA

    Through the charity Links International (www.linksinternational.org.uk) we have provided essential funding to purchase water filtration units to help bring clean fresh water to remote villages in Uganda.

    The units work by a simple filtration system which will take any water, no matter how polluted, and by a gradual overnight process will filter a bucket of filthy water into water totally fit for human consumption. The filters work on a small scale so that each family in a village can have their own supply. This is an exciting new project with huge potential worldwide. Access to a safe clean water supply is denied to well over 1 billion people worldwide so we are carefully monitoring the success of these units in Uganda with a view to distribute them to other countries with peoples in need.

    GIRLS SCHOOL – GHANA

    We were approached by Links International in March 2007 to assist in an urgent project to provide clean running water to the Pentecost Senior Secondary School in Accra, Ghana. This is a school for 400 girls and we were able to provide this from our emergency contingency funds and we are glad to report that the installation has been successfully completed.

    MICRO ENTERPRISE – PHILIPPINES

    Following on from the Spring 2007 report, we are pleased that micro-enterprise schemes have started in the Philippines in one of the worlds most deprived areas, the rubbish mountain known as “Smokey Mountain”. This is an area outside Manila where literally thousands of children and adults scrape an existence from scavenging in this vast rubbish tip. They do the only work there is, waste picking on this dump and they work long hours in the fly ridden wet rubbish to earn one peso a day. Sadly, one peso is far short of being able to provide even the most basic essentials for a family and a common sight on ‘Smokey Mountain’ are people sorting through cartons of leftover fast food so that they can feed their families. Micro enterprise is a way a getting people to start up their own very small business, earning enough to feed their families and eventually to provide a better life for them.

    Links International are actively engaged in the long term process of helping families in the Philippines lift themselves out of the poverty by providing seed corn capital to start their own businesses. In January 07 Links International sent out two representatives to train local staff in how to setup and run a micro enterprise project. On the 16th July, the first small business was launched with a successful applicant setting up a tailoring service making school uniforms. There is potential for micro enterprise to mushroom here, freeing hundreds of families from the clutches of poverty by providing the ‘seed corn’ to assist their passage towards self sufficiency. We hope to be able to regularly report throughout 07 & 08 on this work in progress.

    Aid Programmes – Summer 07

    Thursday, July 12th, 2007

    At travelandinsure.com we really do try and make a difference.  As our Homepage declares, “travel insurance with a difference,” our intention is to identify aid programmes that support self sufficiency and not create a culture of aid reliance and dependency.  We welcome feedback on priority areas on which to focus our efforts and indeed are always receptive to particular projects that come to our attention through our customers.  Primarily our concerns are to alleviate the effects of poverty and we support existing aid organisations that already have established efficient infrastructures so that we can be confident that funds are being used to target specific problem areas.  This is an efficient use of resources but also means that we can carefully monitor where and how funds are being used and the effectiveness of individual aid projects.  In this, we liaise closely with Trade Aid International who have been generating funds for several years to support aid efforts globally.  We are proud to be involved in this important work.

    So what have we supported so far in 2007?  Through the charity, Links International, we have provided essential funding to purchase water filtration units to help bring clean fresh water to remote villages in Uganda that have no source of safe clean water.  The units work by a simple filtration system which will take any water, no matter how polluted, and by a gradual overnight process will filter a bucket of filthy water into water totally fit for human consumption.  These units work on a small scale so each family in a village can have their own supply.  This is an exciting new project with huge potential worldwide.  Access to a safe and clean water supply is denied to well over a billion people so we are carefully monitoring the success of these units in Uganda with a view to distribute them to other countries with people in similar need.  Funding has also been directed to primary healthcare teams in Southern Africa.  Training is provided to local staff who travel to remote villages and locations to instruct on simple healthcare issues with tremendous success.  These teams have proven to be a very effective instrument in improving infant mortality rates and overcome the misinformation and obstructive thinking on such crucial areas as aids, childbirth, nutrition and basic healthcare.  We hope to maintain this effort as an ongoing project.