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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:10:17

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CSR in Cambodia

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  • Enriching the lives of children in Andong Village
  • Andong Village began in 2006. A slum in Phnom Penh (Sambok Chap) was emptied to make room for developers. More than 1000 families lost their homes and property (officially a much lower number). They were relocated to an empty field 24km outside the central city with no homes, no electricity, no sewage facilities of any kind, no drainage pipes to prevent flooding in the rainy season, no trash collection, no school, no hospital nearby, and the list could go on. Perhaps the  worst part was the loss of their jobs and businesses. The cost of commuting 24km to keep a construction job in the city was higher than a day’s wages. Those who had small businesses (fruit stands, etc.) had to start over. What little they had was taken away.

    http://www.photosensibility.com/2009/03/03/andong-village-story/

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    OIA retreats with a Purpose to Andong Village comprises a 3-day teaching/sports workshop with the children of these displaced families. Working with the Andong Village Primary School, travelers can impart some English language and Maths skills alongside playing with the kids.

  • Empowering the tuk tuk drivers in Phnom Penh
    • Understand and learning basic technics and processes of weaving
    • 5 to 6 Groups of 4 pax to produce their own Cambodian scarf (or try their hands at it)
    • Weaving and Pottery Training
  • Tuk tuks – the Cambodian rickshaw – is a common sight in Phnom Penh. With a large number of tuk tuk drivers in the market, many of these men spend their time playing cards and gambling while waiting for tourists to come by. Helping these men upgrade their skills, to move beyond mere transport operators to tour guides, will help them in improving themselves and staying motivated to work. This in turn transforms families and the society as these men begin contributing back to the household.

    OIA in Phnom Penh provides the opportunity for travelers to teach these men English lessons and some basic tourism skills.

  • Siem Reap: Community empowerment and vocational training: Potery & Weaving
  • Cotton weaving: Prolung Khmer, through this training program wants to revive and continue the beautiful art of cotton weaving and natural coloured dyes but with a difference – introducing more vibrant colours and different sizes to kramas (the famous Cambodian scarf)

    The teambuilding will involve

  • Team based program: The Osmose project: preserving biodiversity, improving livelihoods
  • Osmose – an NGO working jointly with WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) – has implemented a pilot conservation and development project in Prek Toal areaby. Initially the aim was to protect from exctinction several species of beautiful endangered water birds – unique to the unique Tonle Sap Great Lakes eco-system.

    To achieve this goal it is critical to link the preservation of the water birds colonies to the sustainable development of the local communities – most of them living far below the extreme poverty level

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    The program offers 4 types of activities:

    1-       Conservation: close protection of the water bird colonies by a local conservation team employing above 30 villagers, half being former bird collectors

    2-       Education: indoor and outdoor environmental classes for over 1,100 school and out-of-school children, instilling care and appreciation for their natural environment;

    3-       Eco-tourism: organization of guided tours to the bird sanctuary and villages for small groups providing an alternative income, and generating activities for the villagers.

    4-       Job opportunity and training by reviving the local know-how of water hyacinth handicraft. Over 35 women are involved in producing hammocks, bags or table sets for sale on special stilt-platform, achieving 2 goals at the same time: improving their family livelihoods and reducing the proliferation of water hyacinths. A single act for a triple benefit: social, economical and ecological.

    Osmose Eco-tourism:

    Organization of guided tours to the bird sanctuary and villages for small groups providing an alternative income, and generating activities for the villagers.

  • The New Stove Project
  • In Cambodia, wood provides for more than 80% of people’s energy needs. People have traditionally relied on wood for cooking. Today, there is no sustainable management of wood resources, which has become a major issue due to the rapid pace of population growth and development. GERES New Lao Stove is an improved cookstove that reduce the amount of wood and charcoal consumed every day in Cambodia.

    Nexus member: GERES – Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités - is a French non-profit NGO created in 1976 after the first Oil Shock. Today, 108 staff work on innovative and sustainable development projects in France and in eight African and Asian countries in order to address the health, energy and environmental problems

  • Hope Village Prey Veng
    • Drilling a well
    • Building a toilet for poor families
    • Distributing rice and milo to 227 families in the village. Despite the very tight schedule and grueling activities, they also did some activities with the children in Hope Village Prey Veng.
  • OHF's Mission : Our mission is to transform the lives of orphans and the poor in developing countries through projects where cost-benefit ratios are properly managed to ensure donations are used effectively for the poor.

    Example of activities:

  • Drilling a well
  • Building a toilet for poor families
  • Distributing rice and milo to 227 families in the village. Despite the very tight schedule and grueling activities, they also did some activities with the children in Hope Village Prey Veng.