Smokey Tours' Social Impact is in three ways, through:

Our Tour Leaders- We empower, train and give livelihood to people from impoverished areas to run safe and eye-opening tours for visitors in Manila. Our Tour Leaders are an example in their communities; they learn, learn to take the lead and help others.

Our Guests - We aim to raise awareness about social issues and to bridge the gap between people from different backgrounds. Our slum tour in particular gives our visitors a chance to experience something unique. We hope to plant a seed in their conscience so that they think about the world and about helping out. 

Our Communities - We use 100 % of the profits of the Slum Tour to improve the living conditions in underprivileged communities. We work toward the goal that our communities are equipped and empowered to create social change for themselves and others. We want to empower them and to help them to help themselves, so that they may learn to stand independently.

Smokey Tours hopes to bring societal change in our communities, either small or on a much bigger scale. It is a huge goal, and we work in small steps. It is not easy, and sometimes things go smoothly, sometimes not at all. 

To know more about what we do, read our Newsletters, ask our Tour Leaders or visit us in our office and see how you can be a part of it. 

Thank you all very much for supporting us!

 
 
November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014

The National

MANILA // For tourists looking to explore the Philippines’ capital city there are plenty of sights to keep them busy. The Spanish colonial fort of Intramurous, the world’s oldest Chinatown, Asia’s largest shopping mall – and the slums.

A growing number of visitors to Manila are choosing to take tours of the vast city’s most impoverished areas. The trend is part of a growing global movement of slum tourism, which tour operators say is a good way of showing the realities of poverty and critics say is a way of prostituting poverty.