Promoting community-based tourism projects with Khiri Reach
Khiri cares. We feel the best way to get culturally inspired is to experience and support local communities and immerse yourself in local life. This month, we are proud to introduce two Community-Based tourism projects, which are supported by Khiri Reach, our non-profit organization. We believe that it’s an integral part of our Khiri philosophy to respect and actively support the people and places where we operate.
Community-Based Tourism: Promoting culture and creating jobs
Community-Based Tourism or ‘CBT’ aims to generate income for local communities, whilst promoting local culture and traditions. CBT committees help to ensure that tourism is managed fairly for the benefit of the local community. A rotation system guarantees a fair distribution of benefits and parts of the profit are re-invested in local development projects, such as infrastructure, education or support for the elderly and less fortunate.
Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia
In 2006, Khiri Reach, together with GIZ set up a CBT project in Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia, roughly halfway between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Khiri Reach supported the development project through funding, giving technical advice, quality control and human capacity building. Khiri Travel encourages its guests to visit this community, which provides sustainable income for around 600 families. When visiting Sambor Prei Kuk, guests have the opportunity to spend the night in one of the 9 home-stays in the area. Local guides can organize a cycling tour through the 7 villages, along rice fields and cashew farms. The highlight of the area is the temple ruins of Isanapura, which date back to pre-Angkorian times and are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors have the opportunity to be part of local life for a day or two, cooking with their host family, visiting the handicraft center, or stopping at the local market. Income generated through tourism is used for waste management projects, rebuilding and maintaining roads, new water projects or providing school material for children from poorer households. The main goals of the community is to share their culture, traditions and heritage, while at the same time, creating jobs and providing income.
If you are interested in visiting Sambor Prei Kuk, please get in touch with [email protected].
Rainbow Village Lombok, Indonesia
The old fishing village of Ampenan in Lombok, Indonesia, has experienced quite the transformation over the past years. What was once a riverside slum has now blossomed into an upbeat and colorful area aptly named ‘Rainbow Village’. Streets, walls and whole buildings are painted in bright colors and this adds to the newfound eclectic nature of the town. The woman behind this inspiring project is Aisyal Odist, who realized the need for a proper waste management system in her home community. She managed to transform her home town into a caring neighborhood, working together with the local community to fight pollution and poverty. Rainbow Village has 52 people working for the project on a daily basis, providing vital income for the poorer members of the community.
The project provides support to physically impaired women and underprivileged children from different parts of Lombok. In addition to creating a colorful and clean environment, the village supports many other projects: plastic wrappers or bags are collected and turned into beautiful bags, wallets or purses. The local Rubbish Bank not only educates people about waste and its effects, but it also provides the opportunity to get involved and create new products from collected rubbish. Around 150 families benefit from the project: not only can they live in a cleaner, healthier environment, but additional income is also generated from the ‘waste’ products. But that’s not all, Aisyal organizes free English classes, composting workshops and local dance and music performances. Khiri Reach has contributed by training local tour guides and, thanks to the generous donations from one of our agents, we have the opportunity to support the community with a much needed English teacher. We also offer visits to the unique and fascinating Rainbow Village, promoting local culture and traditions. You will get to see first-hand how the community solves its waste problems and earns a living. You too can be part of these unique recycling activities, including learning how to make special items to sell from the recycled rubbish.
For more information, please send an email to [email protected].