Community Projects

Cambodia has made substantial progress in education over the past 30 years yet there are a number of remote areas in Siem Reap province that are disadvantaged.

Kralanh district is one of the most disadvantaged districts with high incidences of poverty.  The average family income is approximately USD $15 to $30 per month, which means about 42% per cent of people live in poverty or under the poverty line.

Even though Cambodia has enjoyed economic growth, most of the children in remote areas have not benefited yet from the changes.  They have poor livelihood options, limited access to healthcare services, and the quality of their education is very low.  The most challenging thing about going to school may be transportation, sometimes the school may be located far away from their home, or the school is not open or has limited access to education facilities and study materials such as a library and/or classrooms.

Char Kraom Community based – Eco Tourism Development Project is a local initiative group which was established in August 2016.  We aim to improve the quality of education and reduce community poverty by partnering with other stakeholders, specialty agents and clients who have a heart to improve other people’s lives. According to our needs analysis which was done recently, these are the most pressing needs for the community and the project designs that we must stay focussed on working together to improve:

  1. Char Kraom primary school building project
  2. Water sanitation project (building toilet block) at the primary school
  3. Building houses for poor familes in the community
  4. Developing the school facilities
  5. Women’s Empowerment Project (Community restaurant)

The Char Krom Primary School Project

The Char Krom primary school project is a collaboration between the Project Team based in Siem Reap and the Char Krom Community based – ecotourism located 60Km West of Siem Reap city in Siem Reap province. It takes about 1h to drive to the village, driving down south along the west bank of the Krolanh river.

Char Kraom is a community of 7 villages located in Kralanh District, Siem Reap province. Approximately 60 west of Siem Reap town, Kralanh district is a pristine area of captivating scenery that includes the Kralanh river which meanders through lush green landscapes and is lined with traditional village houses. The landscape of rice fields is fed by the vast Tonle Sap Lake which ensures a constant water supply for the local environment and its inhabitants.

Even though the area is so pleasant and full of great beauty with rich cultural heritage, Kralanh district’s economy is mainly based on farming and fishing, and has some construction workers. Unfortunately, this district is classified as one of the most disadvantaged areas in Siem Reap province due to poverty and to the rapidly growing population. As a result there are many shortages of basic needs which is so common with high incidences of poverty. In this area, the average family income is approximately USD $15 to $80 per month only.

Char Kraom Eco-Community Development Project is a local initiative group which was established in August 2016 to provide additional income specifically to the local villagers and to help create jobs for local people. It especially seeks to protect villagers from illegal migration to nearby countries. Through their hospitality service provider they seek to connect travellers with local people and Khmer culture in order to enhance the travellers’ experiences, which is an effective way to contribute toward empowering the local community and enhance their sustainability.

There are lots of things to see and do. Travellers can enjoy homestay, try a bamboo raft, or rent a local bicycle and ride it around the villages. They can learn how to make traditional crafts such as basket weaving, or enjoy a ride on an ox-cart. Most importantly, travellers can enjoy delicious Cambodian cuisine freshly prepared by underprivileged women in the community, always with careful hygienic standards applied.

Char Krom community is a new destination which has been inspected by country representative Mr. Sarath Chhean with crews to established community based – ecotourism to promote local lives. A World Challenge team will be involved with the community to build a 4 classrooms project at Char Krom primary school. To complete this building project we expect to have many different World Challenge groups involved.

There is plenty of work to do at the Char Krom Primary School Classrooms building project. This project is divided into many different stages to achieve a specific goal within a specified time frame and budget. Tasks include the excavation of the school’s foundations, digging the trenches, mixing cement, and brick-laying. These provide a full opportunity for World Challenge teams to be involved with “hands-on” activities. Team members will be able to become more self-aware, will learn teambuilding skills, and broaden their thinking so that they can take back their experiences and apply them in the future to improve resilience.

Your project host, Kim Bunthann is available to discuss project details, as well as organizational details and logistics. His experiences, knowledge and skills with community development projects will be a great input to your planning process before departing your home country. Kim Bunthann can address all your concerns in order to ensure your team is well informed and can come to Cambodia confidently.

Special request: We encourage World Challenge teams to be actively involved with all parts of the planning process and to list all concerns and send them to the project host for clarification beforehand.

Mr. Kim Bunthann

Director/ Project Host

Tel: + 855 (0) 12 652 111
Email: thannkhim_angkor@yahoo.com

Sarath Chhean

In-Country Agent (Siem Reap)

Tel: + 855 (0) 97 9 666 906
Email: sarathchhean@gmail.com

Location

Project Site Address: Char Kraom Village, Kralanh district, Siem Reap province.

Directions: From Siem Reap, the public bus follows the National Route 6 heading west toward Kralanh. After about 60Km get off the bus at Tapon bridge, then transfer by local taxi to community another 15km down south along Kralanh river.

Logistics

Item Details
Accommodation The group will stay in teams of 1 or 2 in local family homestay, which we have already set up. Please expect that we can provide clean Asian style squat toilets and bathing area (no hot water). You will be provided with fresh sheets, blankets, pillows and mosquito nets. All will be well explained by your project host director who will be on hand to assist with communication and questions.
Note: None of your bedding will be changed through your stay in the village, so you will need to keep this as clean as possible.
Food During your stay, the group will have their meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) in the homestay family houses and all meals will be prepared by women in the village. All food is daily locally purchased fresh from a local market (Kralanh).
Water During the community service project, your group will be provided with pure drinking water, locally purchased with big 20 litre barrels that the team can refill their own water bottles from. The project director is committed to reducing plastic rubbish, thus each team member must bring his/her own refillable water bottle.
Transport Transportation should be arranged from/to Siem Reap to Char Krom community. Please make sure your group leader contacts Mr. Kim Bunthann – the Project & community director, or Mr. Chhean Sarath your in-country agent, in order to pre-arrange transport.
Materials For the Primary School Building Project we need many different World Challenge groups to be involved. If they are, this will enable us to secure sufficient funds. Each group will be issued with a receipt for the funds that they donate. Mr. Kim Bunthann, the project director, will work with local contractors to purchase the necessary construction materials needed. Every item purchased will be recorded in a breakdown with receipts that will recap the details in the project evaluation for accountability and transparency.
On-site Assistance There will be a project director Mr. Kim Bunthann, on the ground working with local experienced contractors who will have the skills to assist the team at all times to ensure the work is done correctly and safely. Team members must follow work directions, which will be prepared as a guideline before-hand by the Project Director. To ensure that all work carried out by the team members fulfils the job brief, and minimises risk, team members must ensure that they communicate via the team leader with the local contractors or the Project Director every time any work task is not clear or a team member does not know how to use tools correctly and safely.

Evacuation Information

Helicopter Information

Helicopter evacuation may be possible but will be dependent on external factors such as the availability of a helicopter, weather conditions, terrain, and the time of day. Due to the unpredictable nature of helicopter evacuation, attempts to evacuate via other means should be used if at all possible. In the majority of circumstances, any helicopter evacuations will be co-ordinated by the World Challenge Operations Centre; in the unlikely event that you are unable to contact the Operations Centre in an emergency situation, the contact details for the helicopter service in this area are detailed on your In-Country Contact Sheet.

Land Information

The speed with which an overland evacuation can be conducted will be dependant on factors including the terrain, time of day, availability and the deployment of support vehicles/boats/people and the nature of the incident. Leaders must inform the World Challenge Operations Centre of any incident or evacuation as soon as possible. The timings below are estimated for each leg of the evacuation for an able bodied person and as such are only a guideline – other factors, such as the speed with which support vehicles/boats/people may be able to reach you and the time to coordinate an evacuation, may lengthen the estimates below considerably.