Substantial contributions from a variety of generous donors enabled us to open the doors of our Community Centre in late 2016. It was a huge project but it means we will make a bigger impact on the lives of poor people in rural communities and help break the poverty cycle.
The Community Centre is located about 25 kilometres outside Siem Reap, in a commune where we have been very active over the last few years.
We have used about one third of the land to build a warehouse, which allows us to buy and store our materials in bulk and pre-cut wood panels for house builds. It has also created employment and training opportunities for some local villagers.
The Community Centre offers English classes to village children and demand has been high. English is the international language and also the language of the internet and will give rural students increased study and employment opportunities.
We have also built a library on site and hope to eventually offer Khmer lessons to adults so they can read and write their own language. Sadly, many have never had any formal education and are illiterate, which adds to their vulnerability.
We aim to eventually offer a variety of training courses to upskill the local community and increase their knowledge. We are investigating the possibility of vocational training as well as short-term initiatives that can help improve, health, hygiene and living conditions for these people.
Your generous donations will help us keep the community centre running and offer a variety of programs and opportunities.
If you have a specific skill you think you could share and time to volunteer your services we would love to hear from you.
Our Community Centre was officially opened in July 2017.
If you would like to change lives, please make a donation or register to volunteer at the Community Centre.
What we organise for volunteers:
- Your guesthouse accommodation
- Airport pick-up
- 24-hour in-country support
- Daily transport to and from the Community Cntre
- Project orientation
- Introduction to Siem Reap
- Safe drinking water while on site
What volunteers need to organise:
- Travel insurance (You will not be able to take part without travel insurance)
- Lunch and dinner daily
- Snacks on the building site if required
- Sightseeing and entertainment