How our travellers gave back in Cambodia this past summer

Last summer 2 Kiwi families, the Pillings (on their 2nd OT trip) and the Wilsons on a true Cambodian Family Adventure.  Their trip was 9 days and covered all the must-sees this beautiful country has to offer like Angkor Wat and the bustling capital, Phonom Penh, as well as a glimpse of its tragic history at the Killing Fields and S21 Prison. But in true OT style we threw in a visit to a real Cambodian village and lunch at our guide’s family house, as well as a country-side tuk-tuk tour.

By travelling to Cambodia with us, Original Trails donated on their behalf to the Tabitha Foundation which is a benevolent trust   founded in 1994 to support aid efforts begun and organized by Janne Ritskes.  Their field activities are centred in Cambodia.  “Tabitha believes that to break the cycle of poverty you must first help the people to believe in themselves.  The Tabitha Foundation has developed the Buy A Well Project to help improve the quality of life for Cambodian families by providing something everyone is entitled to —CLEAN WATER”.

Two wells were built in Sam Roang Village, Kraing Yov Commune, Saang District, Kandal Province.  Currently, this village is in the process of development  with poor people, but with barren lands to cultivate and make productive. Tabitha families who are situated here would like to improve their lives  by making use of the available resources in this place. These wells will help the families not only for their personal needs like washing clothes, taking a bath, cleaning dishes, cooking but for growing vegetables in their backyard , for raising animals (pigs, cows, chickens,ducks), but also help them generate income.

In addition, the families also visited the Greek Geko Project.  The 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 ears 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.  On behalf of the families OT bought some much needed supplies on their wish-list, from toiletries to clothing which the families delivered – it is the little things that count!

Thank-you to the Pillings & Wilsons, by travelling with Original Trails you have truly improved local lives.  And thank-you to Tabitha & Green Gecko for such great projects.

For more information on the these projects and other worthy causes that Original Trails supports check out our Giving Back page.  Ethical Travel – paving the way for travel of the future!



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