eOcambo Volunteer Programs
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Has any one done this? Is it really benefiting the local?
Dear Monicak, Thank you for your question which is a perfectly logical one. Many people come here to volunteer in various different ways & from time to time there has been negative publicity especially regarding fake "Orphanage's". eOcambo only connects volunteers with legitimate community based organisations that actually make a sustainable difference to peoples lives. I would like to share with you a couple of specific stories from a recent visit we made to Jdaw Long Village about 20km from Siem Reap, as there are a number of people / families that desperately need help. Chaan (Jaan?) Chaan is a 65 year old widow who lost her husband many years ago and has been alone ever since. She lives alone in a small bamboo and palm thatched shack which has to be rebuilt by the villagers after every storm. Chaan needs a house, well and filter. ( I have photographs of this poor lady and her terrible living conditions) Family with two little boys This family tries to make ends meet by selling small products from the front of the shack they live in and Dad finds work as a driver whenever he can. They have two small boys of 1 year and 4 years old. This family initially said they needed a well and filter because they must buy water, however once eOcambo Volunteers saw the house they were trying to raise their family in, we add them to our list of families who need a house. These are just 2 examples of the many thousands of people who live in this situation so by providing them a house or toilet or water well this is a real benefit to the people. If you would like more information and photographs showing how volunteers have helped in the past and what they can do for people like I have mentioned above please let me know, Ian Chenoweth COO eOcambo Group