- 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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Our Slum Tour Community in Baseco
- Smokey Tours aims to improve the living conditions in Baseco’s almost unreachable areas. Goal is to open a Health Center and central point for a community water filter - for the people of - Aplaya in the barangay Baseco, Manila. Aplaya is the part of Baseco that hardly receives any help from NGO’s because of its remote and isolated location.
- The Health Center is a place where individuals and/or families can go to check on their physical and mental well being, for medical consultation and treatment and/or to obtain medicines - if necessary. The goal is to improve the conditions of the people of Baseco by treating diseases or illnesses and providing them with clean water, so they will be able to avoid water borne diseases.
- Per may 2017, 6 days a week the Health Center has been open! The local Health Workers are visiting the community to check and help the weak and sick people.
- Providing positive and meaningful impacts on those living in the slums have been our goal since the inception of Smokey Tours. We have distributed relief goods and given qualitative training on health and disaster preparedness that will surely help the slum community cope with the daily challenges that they face. Cooperation and coordination with non-government organizations, people’s organizations and concerned individuals have been vital in successfully addressing these short to medium term social issues as we race to reach our goal.
- Bearing great news this year, all the planning and hard work bore fruit as we established our health center in collaboration with the residents of the slum of Baseco. On 13 May, the newly constructed community health center began its arduous task of attempting to treat about 4.000 adults and children for the first 12 months and consequently increase the number as the years progress. This is approximately 15-20 residents a day, 6-days a week. As we provide free health care to the people, we will also provide them with skills and knowledge to avoid and prevent diseases and to be able to live healthy lives in the best way possible given their dire situation. The health center also provides a livelihood to community trained health care workers who would otherwise be peeling garlic for a living and earning a measly PhP60 a day.
- The health center is still a work-in-progress as we expect to improve it every day with valuable support from all our guests who take on this unique experience of visiting the slum of Baseco.
- This is Ramille, a resident of BASECO. He voluntarily collects educational books to freely lend to the kids in BASECO.
- He believes that by creating a habit for reading, kids may eventually elevate themselves from their impoverished state of affairs.
- Staring early this year, we have been supporting him in this selfless drive by soliciting guests to donate books and funding to build shelves for all the books.
- In a society that is increasingly becoming insensitive to the plight of people with mental illness, we have taken the cudgels to promote the advocacy of eliminating all shame and stigma and creating a support group for artists with mental illness and their caregivers – Boxless Society.
- We believe that mental illness is nothing more than an illness, nothing more, nothing less. That it is not a mental disability if the person affected can function in society provided the illness, like all other illnesses, is properly managed.
- Now on year 2, we are once again pleased to offer an exhibit opening on August 12 at 5 PM, that will allow you a peek into their inner world and challenge you to rethink your concepts and attitude towards mental illness. The exhibit will run until 12 September 2017 and will also offer to the public workshops on managing mental illness as well as talks from prominent experts in the field.
How to Donate
You can make a donation to the JoHo Foundation in general, or more specific to one of the projects:
- The Smokey Tours project (Philippines)
- The Insurance for Talent program (Philippines)
- The Kindermuseum (Curaçao)
- You can use 'add to cart' button and donate directly by using paypal, credit card or other payment options.
- you can add the amount when you reach the 'check out' page.
If you wish to make your own donation you can use the following references:
- Accountnumber: 4527327
- IBAN: NL74INGB0004527327
- BIC: INGBNL2A
- Bankname: ING BANK NV
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