In 2019 eOcambo Foundation has been involved in various projects, some initiated by our guests and staff.
1001 nights for 1001 bikes
The major project being run this year is our “1001 nights for 1001 bikes” promotion. This initiative runs from June until October and has been set up to donate bicycles to rural Cambodia children so they can get to school. It addresses one of the major challenges faced by rural children. Often children cannot continue their education because the distance to the closest school may be more than an hour’s walk away. Walking this distance means children are tired by the time they get to school, they can’t concentrate and fall behind. All rural children have to help their families generate income, they may be working in the fields helping with rice production, fishing, looking after cattle or a range of other chores. Then it becomes a simple equation of time, two or more hours round trip to school, plus eight hours at school leaves little time for their chores and homework. The need to generate an income to feed the family often has to take preference over education and children drop out of school.
Providing a bicycle not only gives one child transport to school, but often they take another one or two children on the bike. The bike can be used by the entire family for transportation of people and goods. It is a simple thing with huge benefits.
Guests who book one of our hotels directly through our website can receive their last night free when they sponsor a bicycle, then to thank them, eOcambo is offering 20% off room rates, food and beverage plus 30% off spa treatments when guests extend their stay.
Guest initiated projects
Hands On Project
The Hands On Project is run by Rotary Australia, Tailem Bend, it supplies free prosthetic arms and hands for disadvantaged Cambodians. It was successfully run in 2017 when 165 people received a free new arm or hand and training on how to use them. They are returning in October 2019 to help another 50 people. eOcambo is facilitating this project by finding people who can benefit, supplying facilities to construct and fit the hands and arms, and other logistical support.
Project Empathy for Djow Long Village
Project Empathy was set up by two guests from Sydney, Australia, in February 2019. It is to raise funds to build necessary infrastructure in Djow Long Village. The village is very small and rural, about 25kms from Siem Reap, it is not even marked on a map. At the time of writing, July 2019, Project Empathy has already built a house for a widow, her daughter and son who desperately needed weatherproof shelter and supplied several wells and pumps to the village.
Sally and Sara’s toilets
Sally and Sara are the organizers of the “Hands On” Project (see above) and as medical professionals understand the need for sanitation. In rural areas, less than 60% of families have access to a toilet. This project has funded six toilets, one is going into a small village school and the rest to families who desperately need them.
Staff Initiated Projects
Products for Girls
Many girls are forced to leave school early because they do not have the products they require every month. Without these products girls cannot attend school, they drop behind and eventually drop out, setting themselves up for a life of poverty. One of the eOcambo staff members mentioned the problem to women in two country towns in Australia; Cootamundra and Young. The women mobilized and started to produce the products, as of writing they have delivered 45 packs via the Hennesey College, Young, to Siem Reap. The packs are going to one of eOcambo’s amazing partners, Free To Shine, for distribution to the more that 550 girls they look after. Another 45 packs are in production and will be delivered by Rotary Australia when they come for their Hands On Project in October 2019.