Brighton Rotary’s Sustainable Community Cambodia committee, in conjunction with Sangke Battambang Rotary Club (Cambodia) have managed to raise $52,750 USD and nearly doubled this to $99,000 USD ($125,000 AUD) - with a Rotary Foundation International Global Grant. The funds will be invested in the Preh Nohr community, North of Siem Reip - over a 4-year period - to create a sustainable future for the 4,000 villagers who live across three villages.
This exciting humanitarian project will fund: -
This project is about providing a hand up not a hand out, and getting local villagers (Khmer-speaking Cambodians) to engage in the development of a sustainable future that will not only help this generation but future generations. One of the local villagers, Rithy has acted as our Cambodian Advisor and on the ground Project Manager. So that the villagers do not develop a sense of entitlement, the project is being rolled out on a microfinance loan basis so that the locals are investing in their own future rather than waiting for handouts. The plan is to roll the repaid funds into the next group of villages.
The funds were raised through a crowd funding campaign, with the Rotary Club of Brighton funding the major part of the project, and the Rotary Club of Balwyn have agreed to fund the clearing of the dam.
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