"Visit Krousar Thmey" Khett Siem Reab Things to Do Tip by Tina-Perth

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by Tina-Perth

I recommend that people visit and donate to the Krousar Thmey Foundation instead of handing money out to begging children. Our driver and the guide at the Killing Fields said it was not good to give to the children because they become beggars all their lives rather than try to create something of themselves. There are so many beggars in Cambodia! I gave money to mines victims and the elderly, but put a donation into Krousar Thmey which is for the children. The Foundation is building the social infrastructure needed to help these children out of filth, neglect and poverty which giving children $1 each can never achieve. They do a lot more than what I have listed here with only 3.25% of money going to administration (as per KPMG).

Krousar Thmey (New Family) is a foundation set up in 1991 by Benoit Duchateau-Arminjon, a management supervisor of Accor Asia. When he was sent to Bangkok in 1989 for an assignment, Benoit took an interest in the region he was working in. The Cambodians escaped Pol Pot?s regime in 1989, then the Vietnamese invasion, and ended up flocking in their thousands to refugee camps in Thailand. After being advised by a friend, he agreed to sponsor a child refugee. Touched by what he saw, he took a year off in order to work as a volunteer. During that year, he set up projects with Cambodians to help abandoned children and opened two protection centres for them between March and July of 1991. In October that year, peace was finally reached after 21-years of civil war.

This foundation is highly regarded and is recognised by UNESCO. The fund's domains of intervention are:
fighting against prostitution and child trade. Protection, schooling (including deaf/blind/handicapped), professional training, culture, tradition, artistic activities, education for all, health.

It is easy to stop here as it is on the way to/from Angkor Wat. It is really an education centre about the land and people of Cambodia. Initially we thought it was a museum and were disappointed when we entered, but I'm glad we visited.

othercontact: Email: krousar-thmey@bigfoot.com
Phone: (Phnom Penh) 855 23 366 184
Website: http://www.krousar-thmey.org

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 20, 2005
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