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raised of £2,500 target by 49 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,715 to to support our partners in Sri Lanka during the current economic and political crisis engulfing Sri Lanka.

    Sri Lanka
    Funded on Thursday, 29th September 2022

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    “We returned from Sri Lanka just before the troubles, and change in government. I wanted to help, but I wasn't sure how to go about it. The economy is very dependent on tourism, and the recent problems will probably deter more visitors. We were conscious of how easy our own lives are, and would like to be able to help, even if only in a small way.” - David, Experience Travel Group client

    Sri Lanka has had quite a time of it. At the sharp end have been those in the critically important tourism sector.

    First, there was the terrorist attack, known as the 'Easter Bombings,' in 2019 and the resulting catastrophic fall in travellers to Sri Lanka. This was followed, less than a year later by the worldwide pandemic shutdown. Tourist numbers recovered very well in early 2022, before an acute economic crisis hit the country. Without any income to speak of during 2020 and 2021, our partners in Sri Lanka are struggling to make ends meet.

    In 2019 we successfully run a crowdfunding campaign to support our chauffeur guides that raised £15,000. This was entirely due to the hugely generous support from our ETG community.

    We were initially hesitant to draw on your goodwill again, but many requests from customers have made us think again. We had already set up our own emergency fund of £2,500 to which our partners and suppliers in Sri Lanka can apply. This is your chance to help us double, or even triple that amount.

    The fall in the value of the rupee means that your pounds will go an awfully long way in Sri Lanka right now. While the fuel situation appears to have eased somewhat in recent days, general prices are so high that many people (even those who are relatively middle-class) are now severely struggling to make ends meet. To compound the issues, many people are funding elderly relatives to buy essential medication which is no longer available from hospitals and is very expensive.

    Our network of chauffeur-guides can earn a very good living in normal times. However, with high outgoings including vehicle hire or repayments, life quickly becomes difficult when there are no tourists. The combination of 2019, the Covid shutdown and now this latest economic crisis, has hit incredibly hard. With the money raised in this crowdfunding campaign, we will be able to offer each of our chauffeur-guides an equal support payment to help tide them over.

    NB: to be clear, the fundraise is not for Thushni (who is employed by ETG) or any direct employee of our partners in Sri Lanka. It is strictly for freelancers reliant on tourist income over the short term.

    We will invite selected community partners in Sri Lanka to apply for our fund if they need to do so. Partners such as the family who provide the buffalo curd experience near Tangalle, the itinerant farmers in the Knuckles, or the agricultural village we work with near Sigiriya. These experience providers are part of community projects and supplement their living from farming with income from tourism. With fewer visitors and with prices rocketing, many of these people are finding themselves in crisis.

    Your support is enormously appreciated and will make a huge impact.



    • Experience Travel Group8 months ago
      Experience Travel Group

      Experience Travel Group

      8 months ago

      For more details on the change in advisory please see our update here: I am very sorry we haven't had time to thank all of you personally yet. We will try to do so!

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    • Experience Travel Group8 months ago
      Experience Travel Group

      Experience Travel Group

      8 months ago

      Dear All, Thank you all, so very much for all your incredible generosity. We have quickly exceeded our target of £2,500 meaning we can get much-needed money directly to these chauffeur guides right now. We will add a donation of £2,500 of our own, making the total an incredible £5,530. There is some additional good news. You may have heard that the UK FCDO lifted its advisory against travel. While this won't bring back their lost income, it does mean there is hope for everyone in Sri Lanka reliant on tourism.

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    8 months ago

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    • Anonymous


      Jul 22, 2022

      Best wishes to Sudarshan and his colleagues

    • Jim and Susie

      Jim and Susie

      Jul 21, 2022

      Let's hope that Sri Lanka can come through these dire political and economic times. This wonderful country and its people deserve better.


    • Anonymous


      Jul 20, 2022

    • Sarah and Philip

      Sarah and Philip

      Jul 19, 2022

      In memory of the lovely holiday we had in Sri Lanka. Hopefully we will be able to return soon

    • Anonymous


      Jul 3, 2022


    • Anonymous


      Jun 24, 2022

    • Alan and Caroline Jenkins

      Alan and Caroline Jenkins

      Jun 22, 2022

      Remembering one of our best holidays and our superb driver guide


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    Experience Travel Group create boutique holidays to 12 destinations in Asia. Sri Lanka was the birthplace of our company in 2004 and remains close to our heart. This remarkable country has always shown resilience in the face of adversity. We pledge to do all that we can to help.

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