VARIETY CRUISES' LAMIN KOTO SCHOOL PROJECT - RIVERS OF WEST AFRICA CRUISE

posted on Friday 30 September 2011
Part of Variety Cruises’ new Rivers of West Africa itinerary that began cruising from Dakar to Senegal on the Gambia River in Dec 2011, the company launched a charitable program in the village of Lamin Koto to open a four-classroom school in February 2012, offering 100 children from neighboring villages a safe and inspiring place to learn. 
 
Variety Cruises, known for its experiential and culturally enriching itineraries, is committed to supporting local communities where their intimate ships travel. The Lamin Koto School Project is funded by Variety Cruises and donations by passengers, who are also encouraged to donate school supplies, books and clothing. Lamin Koto is a stop on the Rivers of West Africa itinerary, where passengers have the opportunity to meet the children they are helping, see the progress of the project and how their contributions are making a difference.
 
In addition, The African Travel Association honored Variety Cruises with the Green Award in 2011 for bringing ecological sustainable tourism to the region. 
 
The Rivers of West Africa cruise departs from Dakar in Senegal, sailing to the following ports of call aboard mega yacht Pegasus, which intimately hosts just 46 guests in 23 cabins in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere.  

*  Diffjre, a quaint fishing community
*  Dakar, notable for its expansive markets filled with local treasures
*  Tendaba, home to Kiang West National Park and the Baobolong Reserve
*  Kuntaur, a thriving port village on the Gambia River 
*  Janjangbureh, location of River Gambia National Park
*  Banjul, capital city of Gambia near the Nature Reserves of Abuko and Makasutu
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