Sanjay colony slum tour in Delhi, India

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Responsible tourism: Sanjay colony slum tour in Delhi, India


We use 100% recycled paper for all our print products. This does not only include brochures, hand-outs and feedback forms, but also envelopes and carry bags. We have recently transitioned from using paper feedback forms after our tours to an online form. Guests fill it out using their own electronic devices. We have also moved away from providing plastic water bottles after our tours. We now use a communal water tank with re-usable glasses.

Additionally, we offer merchandise products after the tour that represent an upcoming green and fair-trade movement in India. For example we sell shirts from 'No Nasties', a t-shirt label that provides 100% fair-trade and 100% organic cotton t-shirts.

For our Reception Centre we have reused many materials that you’d find in the recycling area of Dharavi like leather and garment leftovers, aluminium and cardboard sheets, old colour cans, and plywood leftovers.
On our longer tours, we try to take as many trains as possible to minimize our carbon footprint.


This tour enables profits to go directly into the area, where income is needed most by some of society's most vulnerable people. We encourage our visitors to see different livelihoods, and see how tours like this can provide beneficial impacts.

Our tour company exists to support the local communities where we work. We use 80% of the profits from all of our tours to fund local development projects. Local development is our goal and we chose tourism as the vehicle to create real and lasting change in our communities. We formalized our community initiatives in 2009 when we officially founded our NGO, Reality Gives. Profits generated from the tours enable Reality Gives to run programs for the Dharavi (Mumbai) and Sanjay Colony (New Delhi) communities.

In Mumbai, Reality Gives provides high quality English, Computer and Life Skills classes/syllabus for vulnerable individuals, prominently young people. We also run a Teachers Training Course to ensure that not only we have high quality syllabus, but quality teachers (in India there is a shortfall of 600,000 teachers, and the present ones are not of good quality). In addition to this we provide Community Centres as hubs for young people to express their creativity through a wide range of inspiring activities that children from low-income communities too often do not have access to (drama classes, dance classes, sport, for example). Our syllabi as well as teachers training will be available to other NGOs to use.

While most of our projects are based in Dharavi, Mumbai, we are currently partnered with one local NGO in Sanjay Colony and we are assessing the best way for us the be more involved in the community. We want to ensure that the program(s) we start or support meet an important need and that the type of support we provide is sustainable.

Projects Reality Gives runs in Dharavi (participant numbers through 2013):

- Community Centre (space for community programs and a community library)
- Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) – Computer, English and soft skills classes for 16 to 30 year old students (400)
- English Language Support (ELS) Program at local schools (900)
- Evening computer classes for youth students (450)
- Girls Football Program (60)
- Project Front Foot Cricket Academy (60)
- Curriculum Development
- Mobile English Learning – Application Development

Projects run by other NGOs in Dharavi and Sanjay Colony that we have supported over the years:

- Bombay Underground Dharavi Art Room (300)
- Australian Football team (30)
- CORP (Community Outreach Program) Centre for Disabled Children (tourist donations have funded 40 hearing aids)
- CORP Vocational Training Centre (50)
- Masoom Night Schools (75)
- Barefoot Acupuncturists Dharavi clinic (750 patients)
- GD Foundation – Math, English, Science and Art – Sanjay Colony (65)
- I Was a Sari – Women’s empowerment program, turning saris into designer products (12)

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