The Foundation

Our Foundation

At Original Diving, we believe travel and tourism should positively affect the people whose destinations we visit. Our Foundation, created in 2009, supports a number of humanitarian projects in developing countries, particularly in Africa, Asia and South America. Since 2009, nearly £800,000 has been invested in the support of nearly a hundred humanitarian projects in 30 developing countries.

Our Foundation Committee meets annually in order to select the programmes we will support. We focus on five key areas: child protection, vocational training, economic development assistance, preservation of cultural and natural heritage and safeguarding the lifestyles of indigenous peoples.

In addition, we also look to support emergency relief efforts in the face of large natural and humanitarian disasters. We spend almost 14% of our budget each year on emergency humanitarian aid.

Case Study
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Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO), Kenya

Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO) was created in 2004 for the protection and education of disadvantaged children, and to help promote the economic development of local communities.

The association works to transform urban slums on a large scale by supporting the provision of drinking water, free quality education and a women's entrepreneurship programme.

The Project

In Nairobi, SHOFCO manages two schools in Kibera and Mathare, two of the largest slums in the world, enabling 500 girls aged 3 to 15 to attend school and improve their living conditions.

Our Involvement

We contribute to financing school, medical and canteen fees, as well as providing financial support for families. In 2019, our commitment amounts to £3,000.