In 2012, more than 2.8 million of people
visited Cambodia and the temples of Angkor Wat attracted around 1.6
million of foreign visitors. Many of these travelers are confronted
with the sad realities of poverty, such as children selling
paintings at the temples instead of going to school or disabled
people begging for money, and feel the need to help. Siem Reap is
famous for its amazing Angkor Wat Archaeological Park but the
beauty fades away if you know that Siem Reap province has a high
level of poverty. More than 36% of its population is living below
the poverty line surviving on less than 40 cents a day.
During your journey to Cambodia, you might want to help poor
people but it is often difficult to support them in the right way.
It's crucial to have access to information about projects and NGOs
that are trustworthy and have a good reputation in caring and
helping effectively. Tourists stay in Siem Reap only 3-4 days on
average and with the information being dispersed everywhere in town
it is hard to choose how and which project to support.
ConCERT (Connecting Communities, Environment &
Responsible Tourism) can lead you to the right project that meets
your interest. This award winning organization is a mediator
between people who wish to help and a group of helpful and
trustworthy organizations. Their vision is a Cambodia free of
ConCERT works together with many NGO's and
other organizations that have
projects to help the people of Cambodia and to reduce poverty. They
have a wealth of information about many well-run projects based in
Siem Reap. Before getting involved it is best to pay ConCERT
a visit so that they can inform you about the best way you can
offer your support.
ConCERT's member organizations
cover a wide range of sectors like education, health,
childcare, women care and vulnerable people, demining,
environmental protection, infrastructure, agriculture, training
skills and handcraft. You will be able to find a project that
works in an area that matches your interests.
Visit the ConCERT offices, located only 5 minutes from
Pub Street and the Old Market. Alternatively visit ConCERT at The
Angkor Bodhi Tree Riverside Café. Their friendly staff will
be pleased to welcome you and to explain you the different ways in
which you can help Cambodia.
If you don't have enough time to volunteer they
can tell you about the many other ways you can offer your support
during your stay
Visit ConCERT between 9h00 and
Monday to Friday
Phone: +855 63 963 511
Mobile: +855 92 353 211
Since an inappropriate way of
helping can be very harmful to a community, please read below some
helpful tips to keep in mind during your stay.
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