Give blood, dine for a cause, do
volunteer work, shop responsibly, donate to an NGO, support a
disadvantaged child...there are many ways to that you can help
disadvantaged Cambodians and contribute to the development of the
country. The projects and places listed below are but a few of those
available in Cambodia.
Canby Publications does not endorse or
mean to imply endorsement of any of the following charitable
organizations or NGOs by way of inclusion in the following list.
While many NGOs and charities provide valuable services and
assistance, not all are honest and scrupulous. We have attempted to
chose reputable organizations for inclusion in the following list,
but we do not have the resources or capacity to properly evaluate
There is an on-going debate about the
value, draw-backs and ethics of 'volunteerism,' orphanage and
poverty tours and other trends within this growing sub-industry
within the tourism industry. The
Lessons Learned blog contains many valuable and thoughtful
articles on the issue. Also see this rather raw blog entry on
The Pity Industry. Also see
When Children Become Tourist Attractions
Canby Publications strongly
recommends that tourists avoid 'orphanage tours' and other such
activities which contribute to the exploitation of children.
Angkor Hospital for Children
The Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), is a
charitable organization, was founded by renowned Japanese photographer
Kenro Izu in 1999. The hospital provides treatment and care to local
children as well as children from neighboring provinces. The hospital is
recognized by Cambodian’s Ministry of Health as an official teaching
hospital and AHC’s Medical Education Center serves as a training site
for health professionals from all over Cambodia. Our Capacity Building
and Health Education Program works to strengthen the capacity and
improve the quality of local health practices. The Friends Center at
Angkor Hospital for Children gives visitors the unique opportunity to
visit the hospital and learn more about its programs. Designed for
environmental sustainability with the purpose of educating about the
hospital the Friends Center also displays prints donated by Kenro Izu
and hosts rotating art and photography exhibitions. The donation of
money and blood are much appreciated!
Beatocello and Jayavarman VII Hospital Dr. Beat Richner plays
Bach on the cello and speaks about the activities of his children’s
hospitals (Jayavarman VII in Siem Reap, Kantha Bopha 1
and 2 in Phnom Penh) every Friday and Saturday evening at
7:15PM. Performances are held at the Jayavarman VII Hospital,
located on the road to Angkor Wat. Dr. Richner provides an
entertaining and worthy Saturday evening. The hospital welcomes both
monetary and blood donations.
Catholic Church There are five
Catholic communities in Siem Reap province, the largest in Siem Reap
city, made up of more than 500 Catholics. In addition to usual
church services, the Church also runs learning centers and an
experimental farm and agricultural training center. Through the
learning centers the church offers educational programs to poor
children including pre-school, nutrition programs, language, dance,
computer skills and values. The church welcomes individuals and
groups who want exposure to the programs on to volunteer, available
on both short and long-term bases.
Contact Fr. Stepanus Winarto, SJ at
The Global Child The Global Child is a nonprofit
school based in Siem Reap, Cambodia that nurtures, educates and
mentors gifted but impoverished and/or orphaned street-children. The
Global Child provides a bright, enthusiastic, hungry for an
education and a wholesome future, the opportunity to pursue a
progressive and rigorous course of study in a nurturing and
empowering environment as well as life skills, a cultural
understanding of their country and its traditions, and training for
employment and citizenship.
Haven Restaurant “Training restaurant by HAVEN. HAVEN is a
sanctuary for young adult orphans who have to leave the orphanage
and have nowhere to go. HAVEN reintegrates them into society, offers
them accommodation, food, medical treatment as well as a place to
work and a training in gastronomy. After they finish their training
HAVEN will help them find a permanent position. Set up by the Swiss
Association "Dragonfly", all measures for HAVEN are to become
self-supporting within 2-3 years.” See listing in restaurant section
Singing Tree Cafe Vegetarian friendly curbside café serving
signature home-style cooking. Situated at the entrance to Alley
West, with a nice view of the Old Market area street scene. This
establishment has been a long time supporter of projects around town
and extra wall displays on a variety of subjects – from NGOs to
environmental issues – complete the Slow Food (as opposed to Fast
Food) experience. Opening hours 7am to 10pm daily.
Responsible Touring Some tour companies specializing in tours
outside the main park area make an extra effort toward minimizing
the negative environmental/ social impact of tour activities,
maximizing the benefit to the local communities and focusing on
socially, culturally and environmentally responsible destinations
and subjects. See
Veasna Center and
and near Phnom Penh
Pour un Sourire d'Enfant
(PSE) is a non-political, non-profit and non-religious
organization which supports underprivileged and non-educated
children. PSE's vocational training center provides professional
training skills oriented toward today's job market, including Home &
Food Management, Auto Mechanics, Information Technology,
Hairdressing, Beauty Care & Spa, Business, Hotel, Construction and
Agriculture, etc. Visit and tour our school, vocational training
center, the PSE boutique shop and the Lotus Blanc restaurant. Your
generous support benefits our students and helps us to sustain our
#402, Village Trea Stung Mean Chey.
You've got TALENT!
Christian Assembly brings ‘You’ve Got Talent’ to Phnom Penh. On the
last Friday of every month new and undiscovered talent from Phnom
Penh and around Cambodia provides a fun filled, family friendly
evening of entertainment – singers, dancers, bands, artists and
performers of every kind. And at the end of the evening the audience
gets to vote for their favorite for prizes and an opportunity to
perform at a ‘Best of the Best’ show. Held at 7PM on the last Friday
of every month at the ICA International Church (Street 16, 300
meters off of Northbridge Street.) Free admission. See
www.youvegottalent.org for details.
M'Lop Tapang is a Sihanoukville-based Cambodian NGO offering
support, protection, positive choices and hope to street children
and their families. M'Lop Tapang aims to reintegrate street children
back to education, their families and their community, allowing them
to lead happy, independent lives.
M'Lop Tapang works with and provides services to over 600
children through the following channels: Extensive outreach program;
Daytime education and recreational center; Safe nighttime shelter;
24 hours Drop In Center for youth wanting to quit drugs; Community
shelters and playgrounds in the slums; formal and informal
education, life skills education, protection from all forms of
abuse, medical care and health promotion, public school
reintegration and other services.
To support M'Lop Tapang, visit the M'Lop Tapang shop
on Serendipity Beach where you can purchase goods as well as leave a
donation. M'’Lop Tapang urges you to use ChildSafe motodups
and guesthouses while you are in Sihanouk Ville.
The Starfish Project is a unique grass roots
organization that strives to assist poor Cambodians who fall between
the helping hands of governmental channels or other NGO's.
Starfish does this by facilitating access for Cambodian people
in Sihanouk Ville and neighboring provinces to existing social
services and resources, and providing direct person-to-person
assistance when such assistance is not available through
governmental or other non-governmental channels. Starfish
activities include medical care, housing projects, water and
sanitation as well as small business assistance.
Starfish was founded in Sihanouk Ville in 2000 as a community-based
humanitarian organization and has since assisted thousands of
families with emergency care and development initiatives.
Starfish projects all have a beginning and an end in sight when
they are undertaken. Projects that require sustenance, or in other
ways discourage our clients' independence are not taken on.
Assistance is given in many ways to ensure that initiated projects
are locally viable and sustainable.
Bakery & Café and related Starfish businesses cover
all the project's administrative costs. All donations go directly to
helping our clients. Stop by for a cup of coffee and we'll tell you
from M'Lop Tapang and ChildSafe...
When on the
beaches of Sihanoukville you will meet many children. Please
remember that buying from the children on the beaches or
street keeps them on the beaches or street. As long as they
make an income their parents will send them out to work.
They are vulnerable to abuse and they are not safe. The
hours they work prevent them from attending Khmer school. No
formal education will perpetuate the cycle of poverty that
most of their families are in. Instead please let Cambodian
social workers do their job effectively by not encouraging
children to stay on the beach by giving food, gifts, money
or buying from them.
If you see a child in danger, call the ChildSafe 24 hour
hotline on 012-478100 managed by a team of English
speaking Khmer social workers from M'Lop Tapang program for
street children. Thanks for being a ChildSafe
For those interested in contributing
some of their time to the community, Kampot has many volunteer
opportunities with NGOs and other charitable organizations
(teaching, assistance with children and disabled people,
reconstruction projects, etc.) Contact
Little Garden Bar,
Guesthouse, Boddhi Village (Tel: 012-728884, Website:
http://web.mac.com/houstonair/iweb/ ), Epic Arts Cafe (Tel:
011-376968) or check out the local advertiser the Kampot Dar-laing
for more information about volunteer opportunities in the area. Also
check out the
Little Garden Bar volunteer page on their website.
Epic Arts Café Epic Arts
encourages and helps change perception of disability with society.
The café provides employment opportunities to the deaf and disabled
members of the community communities. Serving teas, cakes, fruit
shakes, lunch and snacks. Cakes to order.
Circus In partnership with Asian Trails, the Phare
Ponleu Selpak NGO gives Cambodian children from poor and
disabled families the opportunity to “have access to culture via
different artistic activities” including music, drawing drama,
dancing and circus. See traditional Cambodian circus acts daily
beginning at 7:00PM or 8:00PM. US$6 admission. Contact Asian
Trails (Tel/Fax: +(855)(0)53-730088 in Battambang, or
+(855) (0)23-216555 in
Phnom Penh), or the Phare Ponleu Selpak office (Tel: +(855)(0)53-952424, +(855)(0)12-890360) for the schedule.
Located on Route #5 about 1km west of
ActionAid Australia (formerly Austcare) "ActionAid
is an international anti-poverty
in over 40 countries, taking
sides with poor people to end
began operating in Cambodia in 1999 and launched a full country
program in 2004. ActionAid Australia launched its first child
sponsorship program in Cambodia in June 2009. An important part of
our work is helping poor people discover their rights and
entitlements after years of oppression and poverty. We work with
local NGOs to help strengthen rural grassroots organizations working
on food security and land rights, women and health, rural and urban
poverty, HIV & AIDS, and advocacy training. Rural women generally
suffer very poor health and nutrition. ActionAid Cambodia is
helping to train local women health volunteers so they can identify
and treat reproductive problems. We also work with local
organizations to assist women who are rescued after being trafficked
into the sex trade with education and vocational training..."
Tel (Australia): +(61)(2)95659146