Oasis Overland is committed to working with local operators and service providers and supporting communities with our trade. However, we recognise that we have gained so much from the countries we operate in over the years that we also want to give something back to those who are unlikely to benefit much from tourism. As such we support the following projects worldwide:
The Sudanese Community Development Program (SCDP), Cairo www.scdp-egypt.com
A school for about 300 Sudanese refugee children, that also has a paediatric health clinic on-site. These children would otherwise have no access to formal education. The school is entirely funded by charitable donations having no access to any state funding. We have held fundraising events for the school in the UK, delivered much needed educational supplies and have recently helped the school to set up a Sponsor-A-Child scheme and sponsor a child ourselves. In 2008 we paid for air conditioning to be installed in the computer room which was unusable, due to the heat, in the summer months. We have also developed a link between the school and a school local to our office promoting opportunities for inter-cultural understanding. The children have written to one another telling each other a bit about their daily lives. When the school in the UK upgraded their computer suite they donated all their second hand computers to SCDP and we organised getting them there. The UK school also held a fundraising event for SCDP. Our UK office staff organise a fundraising charity comedy night for the school once a year and the money raised is used to help pay the teacher's wages and the school's rent.
Sunshine Project International
Oasis sponsors a child at this project for disadvantaged children in Luxor, Egypt. Our clients are able to visit the project and spend time with the children during our trips in this region and whenever possible our crew bring out requested items from the UK. The project was recently visited by our Director and his own children.
Hupenyu Hutsva Children's Home in Harare, Zimbabwe
Oasis have made donations of food, clothing, computers & sports equipment to this home & are involved in ongoing projects. In 2008 we funded the installation of a bore hole to enable the Home to be far more self sufficient in food production & enabling the children to practise essential horticultural skills. We also paid for gardening tools & seeds. Since 2008 we having been running an event, fondly known by our crew as 'Kids Week'. Essentially we use our trucks and crew to take all the children out on a day trip and end up with a big party back at the Home. Many of the children rarely leave the compound where they live & the trips have enabled them to see some of the sights their country has to offer. We try to visit the Home whenever possible on our trips. We ran our last day trips for the children in May 2014. As ever it was a hugely enjoyable experience for ....our crew!....and the children and staff too! We visited the Kuimba Shiri Bird Park on Lake Chivero. The children had a tour and watched a display, before throwing themselves on the bouncy castles, water slides and inflatable balls we hired for the day!
Soft Power Education, Uganda
From 2003 to October 2011 we made a regular monthly financial commitment to this organisation providing education to Ugandan children. We are delighted with the success Soft Power has become and still offer our clients the opportunity to visit this inspiring project. Some of our clients even return to Uganda at the end of their trips to undertake voluntary work with Soft Power.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kenya
This trust has played a significant role in the conservation of Kenya's wildlife & has pioneered strategies to reverse the extinction of the endangered black rhino & provides extensive rehabilitation programs for elephant, and other animal orphans. Projects include de-snaring, mobile veterinary services, animal welfare, water conservation & community outreach. Oasis sponsor an elephant, Kamboyo & three of our trips visit this project.
The Great Primate Handshake
The Great Primate Handshake has been chartering a truck and driver from Oasis Overland since their first Handshake expedition to South Africa in 2008. The GPH chose us as their partner not only for our experience of overlanding, but because of our policies on environmentally-responsible travel and our involvement in a number of African charitable projects. Our truck becomes a fully equipped touring mobile workshop during the expeditions which now include Kenya and Uganda.
The GPH aims to help raise awareness of African primate sanctuaries and conservation programmes through the production of media. They produce video, web and media content to highlight primate conservation to communities, schools and people across the globe. Volunteers can join their expeditions to learn new production skills, work directly with primate sanctuaries, research ways to reverse the decline of primates across Africa and promote conservation education.
The GPH reports that primate populations across the world are in rapid decline with recent estimates suggesting that 25% of primate species are close to extinction. Find out how you can help by visiting their website or check out their youtube channel for fantastic videos showcasing the GPH and their expeditions.
Pachamama's Children, Cusco, Peru
Oasis make a regular, monthly, financial contribution to this education and health project for Peruvian children and their families. A derelict school is currently being reconstructed and will be used as both a health, and, school facility for the local community. Our clients have the opportunity to visit this project if they want to.
Meserani Snake Park Clinic
Nearly all our Africa trips that pass through Tanzania stay at the Meserani Snake Park, just outside Arusha. This popular stop-over run by 'Ma' and 'BJ' plays a big part in the lives of the local community, providing employment opportunities and a health care clinic and school. From September 2011 Oasis Overland are supporting the clinic with regular monthly financial contributions to help pay for staff wages and medication. Oasis travellers that stay at the Snake Park have the opportunity to visit the clinic and school.
Travellers on our trips will be aware that we often pass through, and camp in, remote areas where toilet facilities do not exist. Hence the truck shovel and a walk into the bush! Our travellers have an awareness therefore of what it's like to live without sanitation and the crucial importance of good hygiene. Imagine how delighted we were then to come across 'Toilet Twinning'. Toilet Twinning raises funds to enable people living in some of the poorest communities on earth to have clean water, a decent toilet, and to learn about hygiene-a vital combination that prevents the spread of disease, reduces the number of deaths among children, and brings hope for the future.
For people in poor communities, a hole in the ground is literally a life saver-preventing women from the risk of attack as they find somewhere private to squat, and shielding children from preventable diarrhoeal diseases.
We have recently (March 2015) twinned the 'shovels' on all our Africa trucks, and our UK office loo with latrines in Africa. For a £60 donation you too can twin your home/office loo with a latrine in a developing nation. When you twin your toilet, you receive a certificate of your toilet's twin, containing a photo, the latrine's location and it's GPS coordinates. We think this is a great project and look forward to supporting Toilet Twinning further in the future!