Investing in the Future of the Planet
What We Do
One Planet Tours is unlike any other tour company because your purchase assists marginalized communities. Half of tour profits are shared with our impact partners that support our development initiatives.
Your tour directly invests in marginalized Malagasy communities. We believe that by empowering people, we can in turn help further conservation efforts. When advocating for the environment, we also need to advocate for the people who live within that environment.
Why Invest in Marginalized Communities
Madagascar is a gorgeous, ecologically diverse island, but that is only part of the story. We cannot ignore the hard truths for the people who live and work in this place. Madagascar is impoverished and lacks a stable school system. Only one third of the children have access to a school, classrooms are overcapacity, and existing schools are difficult to access. From a recent survey, 97% of children under 10 years old are illiterate (Linfo.re, 2020).Community Based Organizations (CBOs), also called Vondron’Olona Ifotony (VOI), have found that the greatest issue is the lack of funding, despite the government’s efforts.
A significant number of CBOs in Madagascar do not have adequate schools. There are no school buildings at all and classes are instead held in shelters under tamarind trees or in decrypted buildings. Collapsing walls and worn-out school materials are commonplace. VOI leaders and communities are doing their best and some of them even risk their lives to protect their natural resources (RFI,2016).
Apart from the lack of alternative livelihood, lack of proper infrastructure to educate children is among the leading causes for dropout rates and poor performance. Building schools means better students! Good school buildings are one of the top interventions that increase time in school and help improve learning outcomes (Damon, A., Glewwe, P., Wisniewski, S., & Sun, B. (2016). However, according to the World Bank, there was a gap of 74,000 classrooms in the country between 2014 and 2015 (WorldBank, 2018). UNICEF reported in 2012 that the country would need to build 2,000 to 3,000 classrooms a year to fill this gap.
Education can mean better jobs and better chances at life. There are not enough classrooms to accommodate kids in primary school level and that is where One Planet Tours intends to send resources. Youth represent more than half of Madagascar’s population. They are the future of the country and investing in their education will ensure that the next generation, especially among VOIs, are given the opportunity to bring a change to their lives and their communities.
How we Support
One Planet Tours provides funding for building or renovating classrooms/schools among CBOs. Based on collaboration, One Planet Tours relies on trusted NGO partners in the informed management and monitoring of the use of the funding as well as reports on our investment.
One Planet Tours is committed in the future of children by helping them gain access to school. A good education enables these children to have future opportunities to improve both their own lives and their overall community. We rely on trusted NGO partners in the selection process of the children and in monitoring their progress by providing us with updates.
One Planet Tours invests in individual young people who have special talents that, if trained, can help increase quality of life. We rely on trusted NGO partners in the selection process of the youths and in monitoring their progress by providing us with updates.
We hire local people for the delivery of our services for the purpose of creating jobs focused on the pro-poor tourism concept (Propoortourism, 2017). Pro-poor tourism means that money goes into the hands of the working people of the host country. While most tourism models serve to only enhance wealth of the already affluent, the pro-poor tourism model allows for greater positive cultural impact for the host community and a more athentic exprience for the traveler.
Simply put, every part of your tour is 100% made in Madagascar. We promote local companies, local handicrafts, and other locally sourced materials and services. Nothing is outsourced and everything goes back to supporting the community. We work with small, medium and micro enterprise suppliers and local tourism services for the procurement of materials from local companies. These materials are everything from things needed for logistical purposes to arts and crafts for souvenirs.
Our planet’s survival depends on the wellbeing of the wildlife that live on it. Your tour purchase supports the conservation of the environment by utilizing environmentally friendly accomodations, support for community based organizations and environmental education for youth.
One Planet Tours provides funding for building or renovating classrooms or schools among Community Based Organizations. Based on collaboration, One Planet Tours relies on trusted NGO partners in the informed management and monitoring of the use of the funding and in the provision of the report of the investment.
One Planet Tours invests in the future of children for them to have access to school, to have future opportunities to improve not only their lives but the communities where they belong. We rely on trusted NGO partners in the selection process of the children, in monitoring their progress and in providing us with reports.
One Planet Tours invests in individual young people who have talents that, if trained, can change not only their future but also their communities. We rely on trusted NGO partners in the selection process of the youth, in monitoring their progress and in providing us with reports.