TEN THOUSAND TREES
Through a process called transpiration, trees take water via their gcadmins and release it as water vapour from their leaves.
Trees also provide shade and avoid the creating of dust.
WHAT IS A MORINGA TREE?
The miracle 'Moringa' tree is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India. It belongs to the family Moringaceae and derives its name from the Malaysian word, ‘Muringa’. Moringaceae is truly a multipurpose plant and its leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, gcadmins and bark are all beneficial to the environment and surrounding habitat.
The most amazing thing about the Moringa is that all parts of this plant including its bark, gcadmins, leaves, flowers, seeds, sap and pods are a storehouse of nutrients and antioxidants. Thus, this plant possesses innumerable health benefits and has the capacity of curing several diseases. For this reason, it is referred to as the ‘miracle tree’ and is widely used around the world in traditional medicine.
Our final goal is to nourish, grow and donate 10,000 plus, sustainably grown tree samplings to families, public roads and spaces in areas of Siem Reap province that could do with much needed support!
All 'trees' are to be donated free-of-charge but a commitment is required to maintain the saplings and see them flourish into fully grown specimens. Its been said that if each Cambodian citizen had access to one Moringa tree each then malnutrition would be wiped out all together in one instant. The added benefits of a slightly bigger tree canopy cover, more shade, less dust and a 10,000 or more strong contribution to a better environment are all an added bonus.
FUNDS RAISED - completed!
Part of the funds raised through donations will be spent on nurturing the seedlings, the employment of a Cambodian gardener, and the set up of an environmentally sustainable nursery for our seedlings to mature into saplings. NONE of the money shall be spent on land-rental, the employment of westerners or the promotion of any of the supporting businesses.
Our crowdfunding goal has been set up $10'000 USD. Should there be a surplus of the donation goal then these will also be used for incremental tree samplings.
The nurturing and growing site is located next to Road 60 in Ornchanh Village, Norkom Thom Commune, Siem Reap District and province. This initiative is in partnership with Little Red Fox Espresso, Khmer Loves Khmer and Life Project Cambodia.
Refill NOT Landfill - Recyclable bottles
The mountain of tourism-related plastic!
The amazing Kingdom of Cambodia in 2015 saw approx 4.7 million tourists with an average length-of-stay of 4 days. Tourists during their stay consume on average 3 bottles of water daily.
56 MILLION annually, 4.6 MILLION monthly
This means its a staggering 4.7 million x 3 bottles daily x 4 days = 56 MILLION plastic bottles ending up in landfills and the fantastic Khmer countryside!
In 2015 thats 56 million bottles that each take approx 450 years to decompose.
Now take a minute to imagine a yearly mountain of 56 million bottles .... its a staggering number Now, a small group of individual businesses consisting of locals and expats alike are taking their personal responsibility and are trying to make a difference. Whilst little, we are following the concept of ' every little helps'.
Instead of plastic bottles tourists are given an re-fillable bottle for their very own personal use and re-fill stations are being established around town ! Just this tiny initiative could save 100's-of-thoudsands of bottles from ending up in the Khmer countryside.
Businesses like Rambutan Resort SR & PP, Phare the Cambodian Circus, Sister Srey, Little Red Fox Espresso and Jaya House RiverPark to name a few are all participating since they believe in trying to make a sincere difference.
Various partnering businesses will actually sell the bottles on an individual bases to those equally concerned people living in Siem Reap ! Individual bottles will be for sale at Angkor Hospital For Children, Little Red Fox Espresso, Sister Srey with others to follow suit.
Made in Cambodia Market DAILY 12n – 22.00 hrs
The management of JayaHouse Riverpark started the Made-in-Cambodia-Market and the big dream of creating jobs.
The Made in Cambodia Market brings together the most exciting examples of craftsmanship in Cambodia today. Internationally recognized artisans and designers participating include Saomao, Grace Gecko Creations, Rehash Trash, Friends International and more.
Visitors attending the market will have the opportunity to purchase fine quality artisan products and luxury goods that redefine what it means to be made in Cambodia today. Each item for sale has been produced by a new generation of talented Cambodians. The greatest benefit of the Made in Cambodia Market will be to these Cambodians, including many in need, through both direct income and skills development. Live entertainment, artists workshops and wholesale food will round out the market’s festive and diverse offerings.
The main philosophy behind the Made in Cambodia Market is to Help Create Khmer Jobs; from the villagers producing the Handicrafts to the sellers interacting with the visitors.
The Made in Cambodia Market is free and open to the public everyday from 12pm to 10pm at KingsRoad Angkor.
Rehash Trash – empowering vulnerable women & cleaning up the environment
Rehash Trash is a Green Gecko social enterprise that makes stylish stuff from roadside rubbish while providing a safe place for disadvantaged women to learn a skill and earn an income.
Working with 100+ former street children and their 32 families over the past 10+ years, Green Gecko firmly believes that the long-term success of each child is strongly reliant on having long-term solutions for their families.
Following a Gecko ‘sustainable families' forum', a plan was developed that would provide a steady income in a safe and happy environment for our Gecko mothers, women who had never had the chance in life to know what it was like to have a steady job that was neither degrading or dangerous. It needed to be easy - as some of the mothers suffer from disabilities, others from addictions and others symptoms of poverty and abuse – and it had to be cheap, to do with minimal or no raw material costs.
The result was Rehash Trash, a daily workshop that turns dirty roadside rubbish into incredible stylish items. Sadly, raw material is in abundance… discarded plastic bags which litter the roads and countryside of Siem Reap and are collected each day, washed thoroughly and crocheted into beautiful fashion and homeware goods. Rehash Trash is not only making great products and cleaning up the environment; it is changing and empowering the lives of our mothers and their families. Perhaps the most obvious success comes in the change of the mums themselves - they are happier and we are seeing a light in their eyes for the first time in more than 10 years.
As well as giving an essential income to the ladies, Rehash Trash also provides engaging Khmer literacy classes, where the mums are learning the Khmer alphabet and how to read and write for the very first time; affordable access to health & contraceptive services; and assistance with financial management.
The mums are involved in every step of the Rehash Trash process, from the collection and washing of plastic bags, to the preparation and crocheting of amazing products, and, through our new store, promoting Rehash Trash in Siem Reap, where they can see their own products on display and interact with customers from all corners of the world. At the store, visitors can participate in a ‘make your own’ workshop where they are taught by the mums to make their own creations, which further increases our ladies’ confidence and self-esteem. Please visit us – our mums would love to meet you! Our shop is located directly behind Sister Srey Café in Psah Chas Alley J