There are several Not Just Tourists (NJT) projects in Canada that operate on an independent basis. Each subscribes to a Statement of Common Principles.
We are all non-political, not-for-profit projects, patterned after the original Not Just Tourists group in St. Catharines (Niagara).
NJT collects donations of surplus medicines and supplies for use in countries in need. All NJT groups are completely managed and run by volunteers. There are no offices and minimal overhead and related expenses.
A country clinic typical of where NJT medical aid is delivered
Canadians travelling on business or vacation deliver these much-needed supplies to medical facilities at their travel destinations.
People can deliver a suitcase of medicine and supplies, or they can deliver a knapsack or even a plastic bag full of materials. We have different bag sizes to accommodate different types of travellers, trips, and destinations. To see sample suitcases and bags, go to the Take Medical Supplies page.
To see photos of medicine and supplies being delivered, go to Photos: Deliveries and What You Can Do: Photos.
Update on Activities for Not Just Tourists
If you are travelling to the Dominican Republic, please contact your tour package operator about arrangements they may have to send suitcases of medical supplies into Haiti.
All letters are reproduced with the permission of the authors.
I would like to express my gratitude and heart warmth thanks to you and team of Not Just Tourists for your continuance contributions and your support in collecting and helping to send medical supplies to help the suffering people inside Syria.
On June 6th, I had the opportunity to stop over in Toronto to pick up two suitcases of emergency medical aid to Syria. I took the risk to deliver them to the city of Aleppo.
You can't imagine how joyful the local medical staff were upon receiving the desperately needed medical supplies, amid daily bloody bombardment. The supplies were put for used directly into the emergency room.
Thanks for your help. It gave them hope to continue racing 24/7 to save lives and ease the suffering of people.
As a Canadian, I am proud of your contribution that shows how Canadian people do care and will always be respected for their honorable humanitarian role in this global village.
Submitted by Riam
We are back from our trip to Veradero, what an amazing experience it turned out to be! We knew we were doing something good for the Cuban people, but we never imagined how truly appreciative the doctors were to your generosity and our ability to bring the medical supplies into their country. They actually called all the doctors and support workers to come and see us, to each express their thanks and explain how this aid could not have come at a better time!
Their clinic supports 22 organizations in and around Cardenas and they would ensure that the supplies would be distributed to the areas in most need.
The whole experience was so moving for us. I couldn't help feel like we should have brought more!
Thank you so much for the work that you do, without your generosity this would not have been possible, and we were glad to be a part of it.
Submitted by Tracey and Jason Major
On delivering a suitcase to Mother Teresa’s hospice in Kolkata (Calcutta):
Here are a couple of photos of the delivery day in Kolkata. The Mother Superior did not want to have her photo taken. It was truly an honour and my pleasure to do this delivery. I'm very proud to be a small part of this organisation.
Submitted by Diane C.
Photo used with permission from Brigit Nagy