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.