Projects we work with in Soria Moria
Below is an introduction to some of the projects Soria Moria work closely with, to achieve our common goal of benefiting our local community. If you would like more detailed information please let us know, or if you would like to visit some of the projects we are happy to help you with arrangements.
The Norwegian Educational Development Organisation
NEDO is a non profit and low cost organisation aiming to direct educational aid and sustainable development to third world countries at a minimum cost. At Soria Moria we actively promote NEDO’s projects:
The White Bicycle Project
By renting a white bicycle, your money will support selected schools in the rural areas of Siem Reap Province and provide water filters and providing clean drinking water to these villages.
The Love-Card Project
By buying love-cards and sending them home you are contributing further to the rural schools as this cost subsidizes teacher’s salaries and maintains school buildings. The children receive art classes where they paint the postcards that are sold to tourists.
Siem Reap Traffic Safety Initiative (SRTSI) ”Be safe – be seen” The SRTSI was initiated by Soria Moria and NEDO with the purpose to teach children about traffic safety and how to conduct them self in the traffic. Thus reduce the number of accidents through: 1. Building awareness & 2. Promote use of reflector bands. Soria Moria is in cooperation with NEDO distributing reflector bands to local schools and orphanages. In addition reflector bands are also for sale in our lobby where the profits are given to NEDO to carry out the project.
The ChildSafe Network is building a protective environment for children, especially street children, to safeguard them from these dangers. The local and international community – especially businesses, families and key community leaders, as well as travelers – are involved. ChildSafe train key people to keep their eyes wide open, recognize situations where children might be at risk and to know how to respond. Soria Moria’s staff are trained and certified by Childsafe, and we keep information in all rooms, on our website and our lobby.
Sangkheum Center for Children
Meaning “hope” in Khmer, the Sangkheum Center is an education center providing scholastic support and care for hundreds of children in the Siem Reap area. Soria Moria supports the center in various ways:
The children/youths at the Sangkheum Center learn the traditional Apsara dance and music as part of their Khmer cultural studies. From January 2008 the children have been performing their dances in front of a live audience on a regular basis in Soria Moria’s Fusion Kitchen. The performance is free of charge for everyone who would like to watch, however, we encourage donations towards the center. A great experience for our guests to enjoy traditional Khmer culture and for the center to gain income to sustain the project.
Vocational Training program
Soria Moria currently provides trainee placement for Young Adults from The Sangkheum Center for Children.
Handicrafts training project
As a part of the Sangkheum Centers training program all youths learn to make traditional Cambodian handicrafts. We have purchased handmade baskets from the Sangkheum Center which you will find in your bathroom.
We have a donation for Sangkheum Center in our lobby. We also have information available, and can be helpful to arrange with representatives from the center to meet you. Should you wish visit the ceter and give a donation directly to the center, please keep in mind than when visiting the cente you are entering into the childrens’s home, and you should respect their integrity of the children. You must respect and follow the child protection policy, and understand that only designated areas and showrooms are available for visits. If you would like to donate gifts, please look at their wishlist.
Angkor Hospital for Children
Every child has the right to a healthy and loving life. Angkor Hospital for Children is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the children of Cambodia. In Soria Moria we recycle our cooking oil. After we have used the oil, it is saved in containers and given to Angkor Hospital for Children to be used as biodisel to run their generators. We also provide Information, and encourage guests to visit their visitor’s center and donate blood. ACH also has a donation box available in our lobby, for those who would like to make a contribution. When you book your accommodation directly with Soria Moria, you will be give a donation to Angkor Hospital for Children.
Naga Biofuels is a triple-bottom-line organization that strive to be socially responsible, environmentally friendly and financially viable, and supports some of the best charitable organizations in Cambodia. They process used cooking oil into two usable products; Biodiesel that replaces diesel fuel in engines, and BioCleaner that replaces gasoline for cleaning engine parts. Soria Moria is happy to donate our used cooking oil to Naga Biofuels, and we also purchase Biodiesel back from them to help power our generator.
Anjali House is a non-profit organisation providing free food, healthcare and education to under-privileged street kids and their families in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Soria Moria currently provides trainee placement for 3 Young Adults from Anjali House. We also sell their fabulous photo book in our shop.
The Iron Workshop
The Iron Workshop was set up in Pouk District in the Siem Reap Province. Its goal is to train young men in a trade, who may otherwise, may not have had the opportunity to secure employment. It aims to be self sustainable, offer professional training to the beneficiaries and support the Sangkheum Center. Soria Moria supports the Iron workshop by purchasing their products. All furniture at our rooftop bar (tables, chairs, barstools and lamps) have been specifically designed and handmade by the Iron workshop. The Iron Workshop has also made all furniture for our outdoor restaurant. This includes the fence, all tables, chairs, candle holders, menu stand and the torch burners for the entrance.
The Silk Lab
The Silk Lab, similarly to the Iron workshop, was developed to assist the underprivileged women of Pouk District in the Siem Reap Province to help support their families. They produce a beautiful selection of silk products including funky handbags, make up bags or purses. By making a purchase you are not only adding to your wardrobe but making a difference to these people’s lives. All the colorful silk decorations in our bedrooms, and decoration in the corridors and the Fusion Kitchen has been exclusively designed and produced for Soria Moria by the Silk Lab. Our boutique on the ground floor is selling Silk Lab products, if you would like to contribute.
Ibis Rice comes from communities that protect and monitor the Giant Ibis and other species. Through improved farming practices and access to higher value markets, Ibis Rice farmers are able to conserve natural habitats and earn a better living. By supplying Ibis Rice to restaurants and hotels near Cambodia’s famed Ankor Wat temple, villagers are able to benefit from tourism and conserve the environment of Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater floodplain lake in the world. Soria Moria only uses Ibis Rice in our restaurant. We also offer our guests the opportunity to donate Ibis rice to organisations through Soria Moria.
Life and Hope Association
Life and Hope Association (LHA) is a Cambodian non-profit, non-governmental and non-political organization, established by the young Monks of Wat Damnak here in Siem Reap. The goal of the Association is to improve the lives of orphans, vulnerable children and disadvantaged people, in order to give them HOPE in LIFE and the prospects of a better future. One of their projects, set up in cooperation with Hotel de la Paix, is to provide training in sewing and tailoring. You will find the Fusion Kitchen’s linen and Soria Moria staff in tailor-made uniforms from LHA’s sewing project. Furthermore our guests are able to order tailor-made dresses and shirts from the association. If you would like, they can come to the hotel to measure, fit and deliver the products for our guest. The delivery time is 3 days
ConCERT: Conecting Communities Environment and Responsible Tourism
Concert is a non profit organisation based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Their aim is to reduce poverty, and do this by bringing together people who want to help, and local organisations that need the kind of support they can give. Soria Moria is a suporting member of ConCERT.
Pack for a purpose: Pack for a purpose is a campaign to assist travelers who want to expand their generosity beyond their own communities. The supply lists for our destination are provided directly by the local community-based projects that will receive them, enabling travelers to make informed decisions and bring items which meet the needs of the people who will be using them. You can purchase most supplies locally in Siem Reap, for a cheaper rate and it will also support the local economy, and it is our pleasure at Soria Moria Boutique Hotel to facilitate this for you at your request. We can arrange for supplies to be purchased prior to your arrival or assign a member of staff to go out shopping with you when you arrive in Siem Reap, should you wish to.
Stone Carving Trainees
You will find all of Soria Moria’s rooms are decorated with traditional handmade stone carvings. We purposely chose to purchase traditional products made by Cambodian trainees from Kampong Thom in order to support their training and that this particular art remains part of Khmer culture. Our boutique on the ground floor selling Stone Carvings, if you would like to bring one back home.
Our Boutique Shop
In our Boutique Shop on the ground floor we sell products from various organizations and Fair Trade projects we endorse. Great souvenirs or gifts to bring home, and you can rest asure your money will be spent with a good conscious. We are pruod to display and sell products from:
Love-Cards is a local charity providing free art classes for schools in the Siem Reap Province. Cards are sold on a voluntarily basis without sales commission. Schools participating in the project receive free art lessons and the schools are paid 20 cents per approved post card in order to provide them with material and to subsidize educational programmes. $1.20 goes to fund educational and recreational projects for schools and underprivileged children.By selling or purchasing Love-Cards you are contributing to help educating underprivileged children.
This Life Cambodia
This Life Cambodia is focused on educational development that directly benefits the lives of children, youth and their communities in Cambodia. We believe that every child has the right to free, high-quality education.
They currently have four program areas: 1) The Student Assistance Program comprises the Student Scholarship Project Pedal out of Poverty and Light up a Life with Solar. 2) The Lower Secondary School Development Program has been implemented as a means to creating sustainable solutions for education needs in economically disadvantaged and under-served communities. 3) This Life Beyond Bars aims to address the educational rights of children affected by the legal justice system in Siem Reap, and to promote and defend these rightgs and provides Vocational Training, Family Capacity Building and Community Development. 4) Community Research and Consultancy
Through improved farming practices and access to higher value markets, Ibis Rice farmers are able to conserve natural habitats and earn a better living.
Friends-International believes that together we can protect marginalized children and youth and give them exciting opportunities to build their futures.Friends-International is dedicated to developing businesses as part of its programs to provide best practice services to its target groups and to support the overall sustainability of the organization and its partners.
Another way you can support Friends-International and its work with children, youth and families is by supporting one of our businesses. Friends Social Businesses provide practical training opportunities for young people and families … because life is a good investment!
KeoK’jay (meaning bright green or fresh in Khmer) is a social enterprise that employs HIV positive women in Cambodia to produce eco-friendly fashion clothing and accessories. Their fresh designs utilize environmentally friendly processes and materials, and have a unique hand touch. They are created keeping elegance and comfort in mind with a touch of edge, defining our bold look. Through their production they give their producers a livelihood that has great impact for themselves and their families and hope to provide an example that a business can thrive without engaging in exploitative labor practices or harming the environment.
Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School was founded in 2002 by the French NGO Agir pour le Cambodge. Entirely and exclusively meant for young Cambodians coming from underprivileged families. More than 800 young people with a 70% priority to girls, have been trained. They have all found a job within their one-year training.
“Promoting Education, emPowering Youth”, is rooted in a belief that education is the key to sustainable change. Their programs focus on Khmer literacy and broader improvements in the quality of education offered in government schools in rural Cambodia. This ethos extends not only to ther programs, but also how they operate as an organization and how they try to live their lives: by making small changes in their lives and continually striving to educate themselves about the problems around them, they can all take leadership roles in improving their own lives and then the world.
Before Anjali House was established, many of the kids were unable to attend public school, either because they were required to work or because their parents could not afford the associated costs. They provide Subsidised Public Schooling, English Programs, General Studies, Workshops, Physical Education & Information Technology. They also provide Family support, Basic Care and a Young Adults Preparation program.
The Silk Lab
The Silk Lab was set up in 2005 to create social and economical security to disadvantaged women living in Siem Reap through a fair trade, non-for profit business. The women, all coming from low income backgrounds and with low or non existing education, have been trained to become professional seamstresses, giving them the opportunity to take their future into their own hands by being employed and further trained in the Silk Lab or with their newly gained skills continue to a professional career in other businesses.
Grace House Community Centre
Grace House Community Centre is a non religious, non political registered Cambodian Non Government Organisation (NGO), Situated 4 kms outside of Siem Reap, on the road to Tonle Sap, where the villagers make a living subsistence farming and fishing.Grace House is seeking to address this imbalance by providing access to education, vocational training and health care to some of these rural villages.
Cambodia Knits is a social enterprise working with marginalized communities near Phnom Penh. Their goal is to produce beautiful, high quality and unique hand knit products while providing fair and flexible employment opportunities. As a social enterprise, they put their profits into communities because they believe that putting people ahead of profit results in a great product!
Green Gecko Project
The Green Gecko Project supports 70 children who previously lived and begged on the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Green Gecko provides security, education, love and opportunities to these children through their formative years and into their adult lives, empowering them to achieve their full potential. The project also supports the children’s families and the broader community through long term health, education and training initiatives.