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Community Projects

Make a real difference

Community Projects

The most worthwhile thing is trying to put happiness into the life of others.

(Lord Baden Powell)

Being a volunteer on community projects not only means you can make a real difference, it will also help group members experience their own personal growth, develop invaluable new skills, and gain a genuine sense of achievement while engaging with local communities and helping others less fortunate than yourselves.

We have established links with a number of incredible community projects around the world which you can get involved with -


Get in Touch to volunteer for any of these projects



The Manji family strongly believes that education is the key to a better life and has, for many years now, concentrated its efforts towards ensuring our children are empowered with this important tool – education.

They believe that an educated child will change their own life, their family’s and of those around them. Besides providing financial support from our personal resources we take much delight to spend positive time with these children to help build their confidence and encourage them to excel in their aspirations to succeed.

Today, the scope of their assistance to these underprivileged children’s hopes and aspirations continues to expand under the umbrella of the charity The Manji Foundation and they have a number of ongoing projects throughout Kenya that provide –

  • School uniform relief for student
  • Learning materials
  • Provision of clean water
  • Teacher’s monthly salaries
  • Providing nutritious meals
  • Development of school facilities



Soft Power Education (SPE) is a British registered charity and Ugandan NGO. Since 1999 they have been working with communities in Uganda focusing on three key areas:

  • Alternative Education - Supplementing mainstream education with innovative ideas;
  • Livelihoods - Empowering people to drive forward their own development;
  • School Infrastructure - Providing safe, clean and inspiring learning environments.
Why is Soft Power Education needed in Uganda?

SPE focuses its work within rural areas of Uganda. The majority of the rural population across the country is deemed by the UN to be living in chronic poverty, solely dependent on farming for food and income. This level of poverty stems from a number of interrelated factors including; lack of education, serious health issues, environmental destruction, large households and remote locations.

In the charity's early years, their work was largely focused on infrastructure in the primary education sector. However, in recent years, they have begun to tackle many more of the factors that contribute to poverty.

The charity's success to date is based on partnerships with local schools, communities and other organisations like Scouts and Guide groups.



Gobi Oasis is a small tree-planting nursery project established by Byamba Tseyen in her hometown of Mandalgobi, Dundgobi in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in 1975. For over 30 years, she has been leading this conservation project by growing small seeds & branches, and nurturing them in harsh conditions, before replanting them in areas in desperate need for defence against desertification. Our local ground agent have supported this project for many years, sending guests to both help with the planting and stay in their gers tents.



Ecosoum are aiming to create a blueprint for rural ecology and sustainability that can be implemented in their hometown before being initiated across Mongolia in other communities. Their plan is focused on 5 simple elements that modern Mongolia has struggled to solve in recent years - subsistence agriculture, sustainable livestock breeding, waste management, energy-efficient housing solutions & public awareness of environmental issues.


Sri Lanka

In 2004, thirty thousand lives were claimed by the Boxing Day tsunami. The devastation of this natural disaster left approximately 1,500,000 people displaced from their homes, infectious diseases rapidly spread across the island and hundreds of square kilometres of paddy land were destroyed.

The mission of Extra Cover is to help some of Sri Lanka's most disadvantaged school children grow up with hope for the future. The charity provides some fundamental essentials such as food and clean drinking water as well as uniform, footwear and educational resources (to name just a few) to 24 of the most deprived schools in the south of the island. The hands-on co-founders of the charity, Matthew Hansford and Robert Easton, are "committed to ensuring that all pupils have a regular supply of clean, fresh water while they are at school".

There will no doubt be a variety of skills amongst your group, so why not utilise those strengths where you can make a difference. Whether it's climbing up a ladder doing some painting or repair work, building classrooms or playgrounds or assisting with some agricultural work on the tea plantations, your hard work will be hugely appreciated and will aid in the development of children's education in Sri Lanka.

We have found that with a little wisdom and lot of sweat, even the smallest of donations can go a very long way. I have visited this little corner of paradise some 30 times and I never tire of the smiles of children as we bring a little relief into their lives – be it a new seesaw in the school playground, a new pair of shoes or a decent meal every day. Sri Lankans are the kindest and most compassionate people – we are welcomed wherever we go, seen and appreciated for what we are, and are shown extraordinary generosity by those who have so little. The rewards of “doing charity” in the south west of Sri Lanka we get are boundless. Every time I fly back to London from Colombo I am already planning my next trip, my next visit to a place where my work makes me feel truly alive.

Father Robert EastonCo-founder of Extra Cover



Being conscious of their duty to support development in the communities where they operate, our local ground agent created a non-profit organisation called Wings, that promotes sustainable tourism. The Wings Association mission is to identify and to develop projects that are conducive to building synergies among local communities and travellers seeking to learn more about the regions in which they travel.

Mullaka’s Misminay

The first project undertaken by Wings was developed in the Cusco village of Mullaka’s Misminay. Located an hour and fifteen minutes from the city of Cusco in the heart of the Sacred Valley, this project has been undertaken to enhance the education and wellbeing of community members through a direct engagement with responsible tourism operations and practices.

Groups can share in the daily activities of Mullaka’s Misminay villagers, such as helping with farm chores and the herding of animals, learning about knitting and weaving techniques and gaining an insight into traditional healing techniques with the use of endemic plants. They may also spend the night in specially outfitted homes with local families where travellers can take their learning experience one more step by learning some rudimentary Quechua, the indigenous dialect as well as sample some customary dishes.

Lotus Children’s Centre


The Lotus Children’s Centre is a Mongolian non-profit, non-government organisation working with vulnerable children and families to provide the basic human rights of shelter, food and education.