I'm compiling a list of sustainable tourism ventures in Cambodia where proceeds go back to assist people. One standout is the excellent Seeing Hands Massage run by blind masseurs in PP and Siem Reap. Any others for the list?
I also made friends with a local Svay Savong who runs a free language school for rural children, East of Siem Reap, and he co-manages a guest house D&D Angkor Villa and uses profits to help fund the school.
Any others for the list?
The supporters of Savong's school at D&D Angkor Villa have now moved to DMS Angkor Villa. So if you want to support the language school - don't book at D&D - but at the quieter DMS Angkor Villa. The manager there - Kemsour, puts some of the profits towards Savong's School.
www.savong.com - website telling about Savong's School
www.angkorvilla.com - website of DMS Angkor Villa
SAGE Insights is a tour company based in Siem Reap with ALL the benefits going back to the local community. The guides are on year-round full time contracts with scheduled time for further research, education and even paid holidays and sickness and maternity benefits (virtually unheard of in Cambodia).
50% of the profits go to the guides, 50% to fund local children's educational projects - their first secondary school was completed and opened near Siem Reap in October 2006 and provides a free education for 505 children who otherwise would have no such opportunity.
They equally support the attached primary school making a total of now over 1,100 children. More will follow shortly as a new building comes on line at the Secondary school this next October.
This is an example of how the purest form of ethica travel company. No "10% to good causes" here - this is 100% to good causes.
The best bit for travellers is that the service is top quality - certainly there is no compromised quality because of the ethical aims of the business here.
See also this thread for the schools:
Cambodia: Volunteers please to help children - no fees