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Where are all the bicycles?

It’s been 3 years since I was last here in Siem Reap and I was expecting more tourists, more hotels and restaurants, but what I wasn’t expecting to see were less bicycles. There does seem an ever larger circle of expats, who are cycling but anything with an engine is by far the most preferred mode of transport. Continued…

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Tanya’s view from the field – ten years on…

Tanya dining with some of the Young Adults

Tanya dining with some of the Young Adults

This year’s trip marks the tenth anniversary of my initial six month visit, volunteering in Cambodia. A visit that unquestionably changed my life, starting with the establishment of HOPE with Jo.

Looking back now, working with Sangkheum Centre for Children was pretty ground-breaking in Cambodia. As more and more orphanages were opening, (some sadly jumping on the bandwagon of booming tourism, and almost becoming ‘human petting zoos’), Sangkheum was working hard to reduce its numbers and ultimately make itself redundant. Continued…

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HOPE Trustee Tanya back on Cambodian soil

HOPE Trustee Tanya is on her way back to Cambodia and is busy filling her diary with appointments to meet the project directors to ensure funding is on track.

In addition she will be visiting Pursat to help work on an Eye Hospital project with Cambodia Vision for a week with her cousin.

Once a year one Trustee travels to Cambodia and visits all HOPE funded projects. This trip is always self funded.

Keep posted for updates from the field.

Tanya visiting a project supported by HOPE Tanya visiting a project supported by HOPE

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Dragon Boat Racing 2016

The Hope It Floats team took to the waters once again and raised an amazing £902.00.

This year we went an extra mile and ran a sucessful cake stall and tombolla which was manned by motivated volunteers including Sophal, who before arriving in the UK worked at the Women’s Resource Center in Siem Reap. Not only did this give Sophal the chance to talk passionately about her home country she loved the opportunity to be able to help raise funds for the people in need.

We also had a team of yummy mummies who baked cakes and cooked jams and chutneys to sell on the stall and many generous gifts donated to win on the tombolla including a huge soft cow toy and a Guitar Hero!

On top of that, we had a full boat of enthusiastic paddlers, enough to take turns and allow racers to rest up between challenges. Finishing 17th out of 52 was pretty outstanding, especially when we were up against experienced and fitter racers. Continued…

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Anjali Young Adult Success Stories – You Tube

Have a spare 15 minutes? Grab a cup of tea and take a look at these inspirational videos. HOPE no longer supports the young adults at Anjali because of a change in set up, but we’re extremely proud of these young adults who we supported in the beginning.

From this group one young adult is on an overseas exchange programme in Norway, another in their final year of nursing and another doing stirling work with the Halo Trust.

We are very proud to call these young adults our friends.




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Dragon Boat Racing – Fun(d)raiser 2016

Dragon Boat

Dragon Boat at Bewl Water

Following up from previous years’ successful events, HOPE will once again join the annual Dragon Boat Racing at Bewl Water. Over the last couple of years, we have seen some amazing displays of paddle power, fun and excitement with both the actual dragon boat racing and fundraising efforts exceeding expectations.

Mekong Experiences will once again be the main team sponsor, and we are truly grateful for the fantastic support and efforts from the enthusiastic Dragon Boat Team and their friends and families. To date, more than £3,500 has been raised from the dragon boat racing to support some of the local community projects we work with in Cambodia and we envisage another successful event and great day out at Bewl Water this year.


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Regional Polytechnic Institute Techo Siem Reap Visit

On February 25th, 2016, Life skills group visited one more vocational training center in Siem Reap in order to introduce them to vocational training center where they are able to study or join other free courses there such as Hospitality, Cooking , engineering  and sewing projects. Continued…

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Life Skills Students Visit Le Meridien Hotel Siem Reap

On January 30th, 2016, Life skills students have been to an international five star hotel called Le Meridien which is located in the center of the city. They have been presented and demonstrated about hotel industry as well as useful experiences from expert presenter plus with walking around other departments in order to allow our students to see real working process. During presenting, students are able to ask many questions related to self-development and hotel task. Continued…

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Hotel visit report from Cambodia

Salariin Kampuchea’s Life Skills programmes aim to provide students with various life skills. Here’s a report from Mr Morn Tep, Life Skills Teacher at Salariin Kampuchea, on a recent visit to a local five-star hotel in Siem Reap.

SK Life Skills team in front of Pacific Hotel

SK Life Skills team in front of Pacific Hotel

On September 19th, 2015, fourth-generation life skills students and I have been to one more local five star hotel, Pacific, in Siem Reap city.

We were warmly welcomed from Management teams at Pacific hotel with a huge amount of thirty two students. I was a great honor to inform them about life skills program as well as on behalf of Salariin Kampuchea organization. We were also highly-respected introduced about various departments at Pacific hotel. Moreover, students were really interested in presenting from hotel industry. They seem to realize more things related to hotel industry and discovered experiences how to be a staff in the hotel. Continued…

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Dragon Boat Racing Fun(d)raiser 2015


Our 2015 fun(d)raiser turned out to be as much, if not more, fun than last year’s Dragon Boat Racing at Bewl Water in Kent. The team showed an amazing display of paddle power, commitment and hard work, all the while having fun!

Thank you so much to all the team who have not only showed their support on the day, but for sharing their enthusiasm to help us raise much needed funds and awareness for HOPE. Continued…

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