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Wildlife conservation and ecotourism are vital to the Sub-Continent and World’s future and the prosperity of its people. Greaves is dedicated to preserving the natural habitats of the places we serve and to improve the welfare of the people and communities who live in these areas. We are committed to a set of environmental ethics. Below are some of the projects, we are presently involved with and support through private and company contributions. If you wish to know more about these organizations and fund raising events, or to learn about our future projects, please contact us at our US or UK office at one of the numbers below or at sales@greavesindia.com
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Charitable projects within India
Wildlife conservation and ecotourism are vital to the India and the world’s future and the prosperity of its people. Greaves is dedicated to preserving the natural habitats of the places we serve and to improve the welfare of the people and communities who live in these areas. We are committed to a set of environmental ethics.

Below are some of the projects, Greaves are presently involved with and support through private and company contributions. If you wish to know more about these organizations and fund raising events, or to learn about our future projects, please contact us at our US or UK office at one of the numbers below or at sales@greavesindia.com

Jaisalmer in Jeopardy
Greaves Travel has developed and maintained strong links with heritage conservation bodies working in India, particularly ‘Jaisalmer in Jeopardy’ (JiJ). Founded in 1996 by writer and photographer Sue Carpenter, with Mehera Dalton, Managing Director of Greaves Travel as a founder trustee and also Chairman of JIJ. Dalton is committed to the conservation of Indian heritage and has helped to sponsor JiJ’s events and site visits to Jaisalmer, as well as organised tours of JiJ projects.

JiJ’s objectives, as set out in its charity deeds, are “To secure, for the benefit of the public, the preservation and protection of the architectural and historical heritage of Jaisalmer and to educate the public in the history and architecture of the city”. If you wish to know more about the charity, future projects and fund raising events please visit the JIJ website www.jaisalmer-in-jeopardy.org

Rehwa Society
Handloom weaving in Maheshwar has an ancient history, dating back to some 1500 years. The Maharaja of Indore from the Holker family, established the ‘Rehwa Society’ to revitalize this cottage industry. Today, through the Rehwa Society, the weavers can preserve this ancient Indian skill and look forward to preserving the traditions of this craftsmanship. Visits to Ahilya Vihar and the Ahilya School can be arranged as part of a tour to the region with accommodation at the gorgeous Ahilya Fort.

Greaves supports this art and industry, by purchasing their products, selling them and repatriating the funds to Rehwa. This helps to ensure the independence of the women weavers, providing them with their own source of income, which in turn, ensures their way of life and their family’s prosperity. Learn more about Rehwa projects by visiting their website www.rehwasociety.org Contact Greaves to arrange a private visit and tour of the Rehwa projects.

Happy Home & School For The Blind, Mumbai, India
The entry way of a low built building in Worli, Mumbai, is decorated with a gorgeous life size mural of the tree of life. When you look closer, you will see that the mural has been made of tiny mosaic tiles, perfectly aligned and colour coordinated to create the beautiful design. This is the first example of the wonderful work of the blind children in this school. These designs, along with other mosaics created by the blind children in The Happy Home & School For The Blind, have been printed on Christmas cards. Greaves was proud to support the school by sponsoring the production and printing of these cards. This provided a lucrative source of funds for the school as the cards proved to be extremely popular and were sold out immediately. Greaves continues to provide support.

A visit to this school is inspiring not just for the atmosphere of hope and spotless surroundings, but to witness the possibilities that these children now have and the doors that are now open to them and their future. Meher Banaji’s many years of dedication as Principal, have given these children of India a home where they are cared for and trained to live a productive life.

Greaves would be happy to arrange a visit to the school when you are in Mumbai, or you can visit their website on www.happyhomeschoolfortheblind.org

Travel Operation for Tigers
Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) was created as a UK travel industry campaign, in cooperation with Global Tiger Patrol (GTP) and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

The basic premise of the TOFT campaign is that legal, responsible, well managed tourism into India’s finest wildernesses and Tiger Reserves is the very best way to save the forests of India and its tigers. Tourism provides the economic imperative and the best reason for protecting Tigers, and if protected, a natural flow of protecting the landscapes and habitats that they exist on becomes invaluable and critically undervalued ‘ecological services’ that forests and their biodiversity provide in terms in water storage, medicines and carbon sinks to name just a few.

For every wild life tour booked with Greaves, we make a contribution of £10.00 per person, which is sent to the TOFT campaign for use on host of visible TOFT sponsored projects in and around Project Tiger Parks. TOFT projects are presently in India’s National Parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna, Pench, Ranthambore and Corbett. See our ‘A A Jungle Journey’ holiday tour for ideas on visiting some of these parks during your visit.

For more information on TOFT and how to become more involved, contact Greaves or visit the TOFT website at www.toftigers.org

Salaam Baalak Trust
Salaam Baalak Trust runs five 24-hour full care shelters for children, one being devoted to girl children. These shelters, located in Delhi and Gurgaon, provide the children security, a sense of home, and an opportunity to receive all the critical inputs of childhood. They aim at restoring the childhood in children besides instilling in them the values of independence and decision-making, education and social values and financial self-dependence to become mature and responsible citizen of the country and caring and responsive members of the society.

For our travellers, Greaves arranges interesting city walks through the streets of the inner city of Paharganj and the New Delhi railway station area. These spirited youngsters of India will take you on a tour while sharing with you the journey of their lives. The walk is given from the perspective of the guides who enjoy sharing their lives and experiences.

The walk includes the living and built heritage of the area, taking you down the back streets to find hidden cultural practices and gives you a feel for life here in yesteryear. You will also see how the trust provides opportunities for street children of India and see what amazing things they can achieve when given an opportunity.

The city walk aims to sensitize people to the lives of street children in India. It’s a unique way of engaging people in the lives of children in distress. The walking tour also provides an opportunity for the young people of India to improve their communication and speaking skills. All proceeds go directly to the trust to enable more opportunities to be made for street children so the walk is 100% non-profit making.

Learn more about Salaam Baalak Trust by visiting their website at www.salaambaalaktrust.com, and contact Greaves to arrange your private walking tour.

USAID India
USAID India focuses on the environmentally degraded neighborhoods within Agra near the Taj Mahal monument. The Crosscutting Program (CAP) is aimed at engaging youth and women from disadvantaged communities of India to address issues of livelihoods, sanitation and environment improvement in selected low-income settlements in the city. The project works to increase livelihoods and provide infrastructure upgrades around a Heritage Trail of lesser-known monuments in Agra.

CAP has empowered these communities of India by organizing community groups with the capacity to address their livelihood needs. At the community level there are now more organized groups addressing a diverse set of needs and participating in project implementation.

Women of India in particular have been empowered through their involvement in livelihood groups. They learn to operate bank accounts, receive and deposit check payments, manage finances and deal with clients and are now more financially secure and better able to advocate for their rights within their family.

Women of India in particular have been empowered through their involvement in livelihood groups. They learn to operate bank accounts, receive and deposit check payments, manage finances and deal with clients and are now more financially secure and better able to advocate for their rights within their family.

Learn more about US AID India by visiting their website www.usaid.gov/in/index.htm

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