How an Old Desk Can Create New Opportunities
As a destination expert, Khiri Travel realizes that we operate in some of the world’s poorest nations. A lack of infrastucture and a more basic way of life can often appear as charming to travelers who appreciate that ‘off the beaten track’ experience. However, it can also be a barrier to development for some communities.
Along with Khiri’s policy of ensuring that its products are operated responsibly, we also look for opportunities to improve the quality of lives in the communities and countries that we work in.
In 2013 Khiri Cambodia provided an excellent example of this commitment by donating office equipment to charitable organizations that support educational programs for underprivileged local youth in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Desks, computers and chairs, which were formerly used in our Cambodia offices, were donated to non-profit organizations including Apsara Arts, People Improvement, Riverkids and the Cambodia Dutch Foundation.
Apsara Arts Association in Phnom Penh assists in the preservation of traditional performing arts and funds schooling, accommodation, food and daily necessities for orphans and poor children. Through Khiri Reach and our partners’ support we have been able to fund teachers that educate some of these disadvantaged children.
The Cambodia-Dutch Foundation supports some of the poorer villages in the country through the provision of medical care and education. Through this partnership the foundation has treated about 3,500 patients, handed out over 1,000 pairs of glasses, provided education and created jobs for underprivileged people in remote areas.
Riverkids helps Cambodian children and families at risk of abuse and trafficking. The organization works to prevent children from being sold as debt salves, domestic drudges, cheap labor and child sex workers. People Improvement Organization supports over 1000 children a day through non-formal education and vocational training. They provide some of the most vulnerable women and children in Cambodia with hope for the future.