SUPPORT EXPERIENCE MEKONG COLLECTION MEMBERS
Dear Traveler, Partner, Resident, and Friend of the Mekong Region:
Experience Mekong Collection members provide these locally authentic experiences to travelers and residents alike, which make the Mekong Region so exciting and interesting. Connecting with local culture and its people is the foundation of the Experience Mekong brand.
Now these experiences are in danger of not surviving these difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses are struggling to pay their employees, and cover their expenses.
We all have a duty and a responsibility to now help these operators, for the better of sustainable and responsible tourism of the region for the short-term and the long-term. At Mekong Tourism, we believe that the Experience Mekong Collection protects and promotes inclusive tourism, and as such has been recognized as a global best practice of tourism promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
In order to help our Experience Mekong Collection members in these challenging, we are listing any businesses that are asking for donations. We are asking everybody to support these small responsible travel businesses, which we recognize as our shining lights of the Mekong Region. Let’s all come together to make sure that these lights will continue to shine for many years to come.
Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office
Chair, Destination Mekong
Please see the list of EMC Members who are in need of support:
Phare Ponleu Selpak
Phare Ponleu Selpak is a non-profit Cambodian association improving the lives of children, young adults, and their families with art schools, educational programs, and social support since 1994. They seek to provide education, access to the arts, vocational training, and professional pathways to the children and young adults of the community.
Cambodian Living Arts (CLA)
CLA implements a series of programs with the intention of creating a self-sustaining environment where individuals and communities can be empowered through the arts. Founded in 1998 by musician and genocide survivor Arn Chorn-Pond, CLA’s Community Arts program offers Cambodians the opportunity to learn the country’s traditional arts, while it is Capacity Building program assists motivated students in receiving training to improve their skills as arts professionals.
EGBOK (Spoons Cafe)
EGBOK provided supplemental classes, housing, job and financial support to young disadvantaged Cambodians studying at other hospitality schools in Siem Reap. Spoons café is the main sources of funding for EGBOK serving as a training facility and multipurpose space for EGBOK students to gain hands-on experience while providing guests with authentic Cambodian cuisine and hospitality.
Elephant Valley Project
Elephant Valley Project has worked hard to develop the best sanctuary for captive elephants in Cambodia and support local people to be able to access stable jobs with opportunities to grow. The purpose of the project is to improve the health and welfare of the captive elephants in Mondulkiri Province and work to conserve the wild elephants’ natural habitat while supporting the local community to protect their forest and nature.
Le Tonlé Tourism Training Center is a not-for-profit training guest house providing vocational training to disadvantaged youth from Cambodia’s north-eastern provinces of Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, and Mondulkiri. The guest house and restaurant in Kratie provide essential training and a unique opportunity for travellers to support skills development in Cambodia.
Friends-International was born on the streets of Phnom Penh in August 1994. Friends is a social enterprise saving lives and building futures of marginalized children, youth, their families and communities across Southeast Asia. One of their programs provides vocational training in cooking and hospitality through seven restaurants in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, as well as matching marginalized youths with opportunities in the tourism sector.
Cardamom Tented Camp
The Cardamom Tented Camp is therefore a pioneering and responsible Eco-Tourism provider, committed to supporting the conservational efforts of Wildlife Alliance in cooperation with the local community, with a mandate to sustain and prosper the rich prevailing biodiversity of the area.
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel mission is to be the leading independent boutique hotel in Siem Reap creating rewarding and memorable cultural experiences for our valued guests. The hotel dedicated to sustainability and reducing our environmental impact in Siem Reap and Cambodia.
Genevieve’s Fair Trade Village
Genevieve’s Fair Trade Village (GFTV) is a social enterprise focused on creating a fair trade environment that benefits artisans and craftspeople with disabilities, in the Siem Reap area. The primary goals of Genevieve’s Fair Trade Village are quite simple. First, that the artisan members and employees rise from isolation and poverty to living as productive members of the community making a living wage and helping to support their families. Second is the enterprise becomes self-sustaining as soon as possible, completely orchestrated by our artisans and staff.
Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt. Our mission is to combat deforestation, extinction, climate change, and poverty by partnering with local communities and governments. Wildlife Alliance cares for and rehabilitates animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Center and meet animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.
HAVEN is a non-religious social enterprise and a training restaurant for vulnerable young adults from orphanages by teaching young people quality work skills as well as important life skills. we support them in their transition from institution to real-world as well as giving them a chance to step out of the poverty cycle.
Jaan Bai is a social enterprise restaurant initiative of Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) and the Feel Good Coffee Group. It provides skills development and employment for Cambodian youth as well as reduce the environmental impacts by using stainless straws and eco-bags. They share profits of the restaurant to Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) child protection and community development work.
Sala Bai supports young Cambodians in their training and contributes a small amount to help these young people reach their goals. The goal of the program is to train each year, free of charge, 150 young underprivileged Cambodians to the main professions of the hospitality industry.
Sacred Dancers of Angkor
The Sacred Dancer of Angkor brings to life the fascinating legends of the Mahabarrata and the Ramayana depicted on Angkor Wat bas-reliefs, respecting the authentic Khmer Classical Ballet as inscribed at UNESCO. The Sacred Dancers of Angkor is the first spiritual dance troupe of Cambodia, born and trained in the heart of the Khmer cultural heritage site of Angkor. Guests will discover with emotion this art while supporting the sustainable future of these young dancers and musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Shinta Mani Wild
Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new fusion of world-class design, hospitality and conservation. The camp was born when world-renowned designer Bill Bensley identified an unprotected, 350-hectare wildlife corridor – and set out to save it from poaching, mining and logging. The Shinta Mani Foundation is having a fundraiser to support the anti-poaching efforts of the WildLife Alliance in the Southern Cardamom Mountains, one of South East Asia’s last great Wilderness Areas. All details of the fundraiser and a donate button can be found at the link below.