Minor Hotels creates travel experiences that also benefit the local communities where our hotels and resorts are located. To develop, fund and support such initiatives, we have established the following foundations:
The Heinecke Foundation
The Heinecke Foundation supports less fortunate children of all ages who have outstanding records of performance. Each year, the foundation gives scholarships to over 400 students, helping support their education from early learning stages through to graduation.
On a grassroots level, our hotels and resorts provide support to individual students in their local area who have excelled at school by buying books, pencils and school equipment to help further their education.
In return, students are asked to support projects in their own communities. Since 2000, the foundation has supported thousands of children and many have since graduated to earn professional degrees.
The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation
The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), was set up in 2006 to improve the plight of Thailand’s elephants, and has since been diversified to include welfare projects that incorporate broader philanthropic and cultural objectives with unprecedented success.
GTAEF strongly believes that in an ideal world all elephants would be wild. This is unfortunately not the case, so until we reach that point, GTAEF aims to assist captive elephants, improving their lives and welfare, while also taking part in conservation and wild elephant programmes to ensure the survival of the wild herd.
Over 30 elephants have been rescued from Thailand’s city streets, accompanied by their entire mahout family and provided with a place to rest and grow. English lessons are arranged for the mahouts and their wives, education is made available for their children, and a silk worm business provides the wives with 100% of the profits made from the sales of their wares.
In addition to performing street rescues, the GTAEF cooperates with the Thai government and other organisations in projects including supporting research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism; helping equip the first elephant hospital in Krabi in the southern part of Thailand and donating a gantry to help lame elephants stand and a purpose-built elephant ambulance to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC), just to name a few.
Working through international partners and the Cambodian Government, GTAEF has, since 2013, funded the protection of an 18,000 hectare elephant corridor of standing forest in the Cardamom Mountains.
For more information please visit helpingelephants.org
The Mai Khao Turtle Foundation
The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation (MKMTF) was established by Minor Hotels in 2002 to help rejuvenate the turtle population in Sirinath National Marine Park and the surrounding Andaman ecosystem.
Mai Khao is one of the few Phuket beaches that continue to welcome nesting turtles. The eggs are rescued from surrounding beaches where the necessary natural and peaceful environment can no longer be guaranteed. The eggs are then given to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) and Royal Thai Navy who provide a safe home for the eggs to hatch and the young turtles to gain strength before finding their true home in the sea.
Funds are raised for the foundation by its members and partners such as JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Marriott Vacation Club International and Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, who ensure a sizable annual donation to the Marine Conservation Units. These Units carry out a number of worthy projects such as the Nesting Beach Patrols & Hatchery Programme including the Marine Animal Stranding Rescue Project to help bring awareness of turtle protection and encourage the participation of all stakeholders to preserve our natural surroundings.
The MKMTF is dedicated to educating the community about the plight of the sea turtles here in Phuket and how we can support them. Efforts by the foundation and its supporters include an integrated coastal management plan with its partner – the International Union for the Conservation of Nature including beach and reef cleaning, educational workshops, recycling projects, mangrove tree planting, turtle rescue/release and support of other marine conservation organisations.
Over the recent years, the foundation has broadened its environmental efforts to not only ensure the conservation of the leatherback and other turtles but also to preserve the environment with the involvement of local communities, schools, universities, government organisations and other NGOs.
For more information please visit: www.maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org