We are a grass-roots, volunteer-based, Rotary-supported not-for-profit organization working with the residents of rural Cambodian villages to help them achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency through wells, irrigation systems, schools, training and empowerment.
Donors of the week
You may have seen that this holiday season we are honoring our teachers, because we believe that they have the ability to change the world... one child at a time. We believe that if we invest in teachers we are investing in a brighter future for Cambodia.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we also want to honor the people we are most thankful for... all our supporters. Our work would not be possible without the help of them. We are grateful to have people from all around the world that believe in our work and believe that together we can improve the quality of life of many Cambodian children and families.
Geoff and Sue, have been part of Sustainable Cambodia family for a long time and this week we want to share their story with you.
Why did you first give to Sustainable Cambodia (SC)?
were looking for a charity to support that involved assisting
children in poorer countries to have a better life. Because of
Cambodia’s turbulent history, there were so many orphaned or
disadvantaged children, it seemed a logical country to support in
some small way. After travelling to Cambodia in 2007 and seeing the
poverty and need first hand we looked for a suitable organization and
found Sustainable Cambodia, after rejecting a number of others.
What interests you most about SC's ? Why?
were impressed by Sustainable Cambodia’s model to empower the local
community and not just give handouts. Also that any money donated
would go to fully supporting the community and not be wasted on
administration fees. The fact that SC only use paid local staff and
the administration and decision making is handled by Volunteer
Directors and staff is very appealing.
Sue and her sponsored student
Why do you continue to give to our organization?
been involved with SC for 8 years, we continue to support this
organization by assisting our Sponsor students to complete their
education. This hopefully will allow the students to gain secure
employment to support themselves and their families and provide a
better future. It is very rewarding to be able to communicate with
our Sponsor students and see them grow and prosper.
Why does the cause you are supporting is important to you?
are very fortunate to live in a country which hasn’t been as
affected by wars and natural disasters, so we realize how lucky we
are compared to those who are less fortunate.
Geoff and his sponsored student
What makes you hopeful and happy?
are hopeful and happy that through the great work of organizations
like Sustainable Cambodia, that Cambodia has a much brighter future.
By empowering the villagers and providing education for the children
it will provide much greater opportunities to help rebuild the
Like Geoff and Sue, you can make a positive impact in the lives of many Cambodian families. No matter how much you can give, you are going to help Cambodia strive again. Start making an impact now!
We are grateful toYouthlinc
International Servicefor the
model, and for the possibility to replicate their model atSustainable Cambodia. This year, the Youthlinc team worked in Oroka village with
its villagers and the help of SC's staff. Along with all the projects they
finished, they also built deep relationships that will last a lifetime.
The team successfully finished the project, they also visited
Angkor War, which regarded one of the most treasured religious sites all over
the world. Plus, the Cultural Exchange Committee worked on the following to
augment their powerful cultural experience such as: Opening and closing ceremonies in which the team sung two songs "Lean On Me" and "We Are Going To be Friend" and officially cut ribbon which they authorized the students to use. Participated in cultural conversation and home visits, where team members visited the homes of Cambodian villagers to learn more about how families survived the Khmer Rouge and their daily…
One of our highest priorities is to give access to clean water to families living in rural Cambodia because access to a steady source of clean water is a main priority for developing the communities. In many places around the country water is scarce, even more during the dry season. That means that people have to walk many kilometres in order to get some buckets filled with water. This is keeping kids out of school and men and women away from the possibility of earning some money to support their family. But the problem is that the water collected is not safe drinking water... it is dirty water which makes this people sick and kids are the ones who suffer the most.
What is SC doing with the help received by supporters from all over the world?
First we identify the villages that need more urgent help and we will create a Community Development Committee (CDC). SC staff members organize a
community wide meeting to introduce themselves and the water programs they wish to implement. Afterwa…
400 Kilometers… 5 Days of Running… 2
Men… 1 Goal!Our Volunteers Are Helping Sustainable
Cambodia Raise Awareness and Funds A Special Message from Sustainable
Cambodia Volunteer Martin Benda - Hello
Sustainable Cambodia family! Well, after two years, I am back… and planning yet
another charity challenge! Some of you may remember that back in 2014 I decided to help
raise awareness and funds by cycling
2000km from Singapore to Bangkok (newsletter download will start by
It was a great success! We raised funds whereby multiple projects were launched
to improve school libraries, build school sheds and help poor families become
more self-sufficient. My theme for that run was “Enable The Future Stars of Cambodia”.
My original inspiration for that run
came from these powerful statistics: Between 2008 and 2012, pre-primary
school participation was only 13.3%, and this percentage is as low as 1.5% in
remote areas.Just 1.6% of Cambodia's GDP is spent on