Pro Niti Community Development Programme (Pro Niti CDP)
As part of Our Commitment to Sustainable Tourism, Pro Niti Travel supports the notion of “Travel with a Cause”, where travelers and travel operators work together in unison to positively and meaningfully impact the lives of the local communities we visit and photograph. In addition to our guidelines stipulated in our support of sustainable tourism, our company also supports selected community development programmes. As we know this is a philanthropic aspiration for many people, we actively encourage our guests and all travelers to lend their support.
As of January 2018, Pro Niti Travel contributes US$5 (out of our profits from every guest booked) towards the Pro Niti CDP. We also offer our guests the opportunity to contribute a personal donation, of any size, towards this programme when booking their tour with us. This is entirely optional, and by default on the booking form, this option is non-selected.
The communities our guests visit offer incredible opportunities for cultural exchanges, not to mention the incredible opportunities for taking photos and making new friends. However, many of these communities, in particular, the more remote-living people such as the hill tribes, seriously lack in basic needs such as clean water, sanitation, medical, and educational facilities. The needs of these people vary according to each community, so funding will be allocated based on the more dire needs.
Pro Niti Travel recently launched our Keng Tung Hill Tribe Tours in Myanmar’s Shan State near the borders of Thailand, Laos, and China’s Yunnan province. Known for the incredibly friendly and hospitable hill tribes such as the Wa, Wa Ann, Ann, Akha, Akhu and the Lahu-shi people, to name just a few, much of this area lacks many basic services. In our effort to reciprocate the hospitality of these people and their welcoming of visiting travelers, our programme will initially focus on the development of their critical lack of proper health and education needs. We are currently assessing the most critical areas of development and details will be posted here in due course.
In tandem with addressing the needs of the hill tribes of the Shan State, we will also focus on the communities our guests often visit in Chin State, in the central east of Myanmar. This region is most well known for the imposing Mount Victoria (3,053 m) locally known as Nat-Ma-Taung, and the surrounding Mountain Victoria Nature Park. Chin State is popular among travelers who come here to meet the unique Chin hill tribes to learn about their lives as hunters. Similar to the hill tribes of the Shan State, the friendly Chin people lack many basic facilities.
Pro Niti advocates total transparency. Every December we will post an update on this page detailing our progress, both in terms of our development support as well as be providing access to the financial statements of our development programmes.
Please join us. Either visit Myanmar or donate to our programme or both!
Hope to see you soon.