BACKGROUND

Contemporary Cambodia history is a body of scars.

 

Although the Pol Pot Regime was overthrown a generation ago its impact and long term effects on the Cambodian people resonates today and many Cambodians continue to struggle to survive on less than $2 a day.

 

Over 3.3 million people had been killed. The Khmer Rouge government had succeeded in turning Cambodia into a Maoist-Communist agricultural model; an agrarian society. Schools, hospitals, universities, and factories were destroyed along with the educated people and families associated with them. The aftermath of violence left a country stripped of technological resources, without anyone educated in the old ways of farming, building, or healing much less doctors, surgeons, teachers or engineers.

 

It left a population in crisis.

 

Once the borders were open to the world, people started to visit.  Many were deeply shocked by what they found.  A diversity of small organisations, were and continue to be, established. These Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), a term originated from the United Nations signifying non profit, voluntary projects independent from government control, provide services to people in need (food, water, shelter) as well as health care, education, human rights work, cultural preservation, environmental activism, policy analysis, research, and information provision.

 

Today there are more than 3,000 NGOs in Cambodia. Our book tells the stories of some 40 projects that provide a sampling of them. It also provides insights into complex issues surrounding voluntourism, important tips for donating and will inspire you.

 

There are many Unsung Heroes in Cambodia and it is time to sing their praises.

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This book is a small step in the right direction. Join us in helping Cambodia to recover. Support good projects and become more aware through purchase and reading this book.

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”

 

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