Sodha Travel's Commitment to Supporting Local

Allison Sodha

What motivates you to travel? For our team, it's about making connections with communities and one another. It's a smile, a conversation, a shared experience. It's about embracing diversity while also recognizing that our similarities harmonize our differences. It's about creating sustainable and eco-friendly solutions for this magnificent planet.

When you reserve a program with Sodha Travel, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to organizations making a difference in local communities. Together, we can make our world a better place! Here is a list of the organizations we support:

India: The Pad Project

A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education. Millions of girls in developing countries cannot afford or access sanitary pads, which means that when they get their period, they have to turn to unhealthy alternatives like dirty rags, leaves, or ashes. In addition to the high risk of infection, every time their period comes, they have to miss school - and the more school they miss, the more likely they will fall too far behind and have to drop out entirely.

A man named Arunachalam Muruganantham from Tamil Nadu, India, created a machine that makes affordable, biodegradable pads from locally sourced materials. The machine does more than just supply girls with pads; it supplies a steady income to the women in the area who want to work on it. Muruganantham is credited for innovating grassroots mechanisms and generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India.

Pad Project

India: The Toy Bank

The Toy Bank envisions a society where underprivileged children have a right to play. By  providing them with educative toys and story books, they gain an active and enriching life. The Toy Bank hopes to bridge the socioeconomic gap by offering a holistic development and instilling values of sharing and caring among India’s youth.

Toys are collected at centers and through corporate and school drives. After being refurbished, they are repackaged into age-appropriate toy kits and distributed to villages in rural and tribal areas, creating toy libraries at orphanages, shelter homes, schools, and educational centers. 

The Toy Bank

Thailand: Elephant Valley

Elephant Valley Thailand (EVT) is the first elephant sanctuary in Chiang Rai. Modeled after the first Elephant Valley Project in Cambodia - a world leader in allowing elephants to live freely in a natural habitat - EVT is building a program to reintroduce captive elephants into the wild.

The first step is to heal the elephants physically, mentally, and behaviorally. Depending on the age and level of abuse, this can take years; progressing elephants from chains and an intense level of handling to one of independence is challenging. Elephants that are successful in achieving this important rehabilitative step will be merged into small herds and released into a protected environment. Others will be permanently transferred to a sanctuary with enough space and appropriate grasses, habitats, and waters to fully allow a formerly captive elephant to live a natural life again.

Elephant Valley Thailand

Topics: Family, India, Education, Thailand

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and author of Go! Girl Guides India, Allison has spent almost two decades exploring South Asia. She has a passion for creating experiences fueled by a deeper understanding of local communities.