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Supporting the LATA Foundation

The Latin America travel industry is working together to support social projects throughout the region. These projects are helping to transform lives, providing clean water, dental or medical support and practical training to provide people with new skills in Mexico, Central and South America. The LATA Foundation was set up by LATA – the Latin America Travel Association – bringing together tourist boards, airlines, tour operators, hotels, ground agents, travel publishers, PR companies and the press to put something back into the countries and region where we all work. The LATA Foundation is run entirely by volunteers, most of whom have a background in the travel industry. All donations go to projects with no money spent on administration, salaries or office overheads.

In Mexico, the LATA Foundation has provided bathroom equipment for a school in San Cristobal de las Casas and has supplied an industrial oven to a training school in Puerto Vallarta for a course in baking and 20 sewing machines to set up a successful sewing course. The LATA Foundation has also helped to fund a very successful project to provide clean water which has now been adopted by the local authorities.

The Central and South America Revealed group is proud to support the LATA Foundation which is helping 9 core projects in 2015:

  • Ballet school in a favela in Rio de Janeiro
  • Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in Costa Rica
  • Supporting coffee farmers, artisans and small businesses in Guatemala
  • Dental care for disadvantaged children in Argentina
  • Street children in Bolivia
  • Reforestation in Peru
  • Education and support for children in Ecuador
  • Training and job opportunities for disadvantaged women in Panama
  • Support for vulnerable children and families in Colombia

Please visit the LATA Foundation to find out more about these projects and learn how the travel industry is working together to provide support. If you would like to make your own donation to the LATA Foundation, please follow the links from their website. On some tailor-made itineraries (e.g. Brazil, Guatemala and Costa Rica) it may be possible to visit a particular project.