ABOUT SMOKEY TOURS
Smokey Tours empowers, educates and trains people from underprivileged communities in Metro Manila by running safe and eye-opening tours. Through our tours, we:
Raise awareness about social issues,
Inspire individuals to bring about societal change,
Use proceeds to improve the living conditions in underprivileged communities; and
Bridge the gap between people from different backgrounds.
Smokey Tours seeks to inspire people from all nationalities to make change and contribute to societal wellbeing, whether it is within their own communities or on a much larger scale. At the same time we strive to help people realize that happiness does not rely on wealth or material possession.
In January 2011, a photo tour was organized through Smokey Mountain. This ‘photo walk’ portrayed the way children live in the area of Tondo, specifically Barangay 105 Sitio Damayan.
Twenty local photographers volunteered and donated their photographs. Talents of the residents of Barangay 105 were discovered and they told stories about their neighbourhoods with passion, pride and dignity. The idea of a special tour was born.
Juliette started recruiting and coaching potential tour leaders. To professionally develop the tours international organizations, that were already offering slum tours in Brazil and India, (Reality Tours & Travel) helped out.
WHY "SMOKEY TOURS"
The Smokey Mountain Tour was the first and only tour offered at the time. The Smokey Mountain was Smokey Tours’ signature tour. The guests were mainly part of a network of acquaintances while the arrangements and planning were largely improvised. Since the very beginning all the profit made with the tours was donated to local NGOs in Barangay 105.
Smokey Tours now offers six different tours and keeps seeking improvement and growth opportunities. Smokey Mountain has closed down and Smokey Tours has created a new Slum Tour near the Smokey Mountain area.
Smokey Tours has been ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.
WHERE DO THE PROCEEDS GO TO?
100% of the proceeds from our Slum Tour are donated to CREST, a local NGO that assist local communities with disaster relief and preparedness. When a typhoon hits Manila, the slum areas get very badly affected. After typhoons or other nature disasters CREST helps with evacuation and provides food and shelter for the victims.
Along with disaster relief, CREST also provides medical and construction training for residents to prepare them for disasters. They also help organize small centers like day care centers. Currently CREST operates in various areas in Manila where the chance of disaster is high.
ALL FINANCIAL HELP AND DONATIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED
Smokey Tours is a project of World Experience Philippines, Corp. a duly registered NGO in the Philippines, (CN201400189). The goal of World Experience Philippines is to share skills, experiences and knowledge.
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