Welcome to touraid....LIFTING CHILDREN OUT OF POVERTY
touraid supports orphanges, projects and schools for disadvantaged children in Africa, Asia and the West Indies.
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|touraid offers support to UK schools and clubs wishing to host activity based tours for disadvantaged children from overseas. The duration of the tour is usually between 7 - 10 days, and although initially based on rugby, touraid is now expanding its activity base to include almost any popular sport and cultural activity for boys or girls that the hosts and visiting children can participate in together.|
By promoting these tours, touraid creates a catalyst for friendships and partnerships to develop between hosts and tourists.
The children concerned may be orphans, former street children or simply live in poverty. By welcoming these children into their homes, clubs and schools, the hosts establish close bonds with their guests - bonds which remain even after the tourists have departed and result in many of the schools, clubs and families concerned developing a strong desire to maintain the relationship and to provide funding and other resources for the children's educational, sporting and general welfare needs.
The touring children develop in confidence, their horizons widen and they become role models amongst their peers. For many of them the acquisition of a passport is the first physical manifestation of their own individual identity.
Hosting children gain a personal insight into the lives of their less fortunate guests - they see for themselves the value of education, the right to family life and the essential dignity of these children in a way not otherwise easily gained in the UK.
Since November 2006 touraid has reached over 900 children from 29 nations on 56 tours to the UK originating from the Caribbean to North Africa, Central Asia to the Indian Sub-Continent and Eastern Europe to the sub-Saharan nations.
Consequently host parents have provided funding for local schooling and rugby coaching. Educational and sporting supplies have been despatched from the UK. Those returning from tours are seen as leaders in their communities and the impact of these positive role models is to draw more children to participate in rugby and associated health education schemes.touraid can offer help by:
- identifying suitable visiting groups
Benefits for participating schools
- Fully engage with a disadvantaged community