Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Join with me to MAKE my community BETTER!


Family of Mr KONG Sareun. 


Family of Mr. RHEURM Sok


I am Hoksan AN, would like to say thanks to people who already donated in our project of “Prek Toal Home and Life”

We also still need your fully help and supported our community by raising money to build floating houses for our poor families in the village. Your help is a powerful to make our community sustainable family’s life on the floating village.

Your donate with our fund raising website link: https://www.gofundme.com/prek-toal-home-and-life-project

Both of locals and overseas, we are delighted if there is any community groups or any organization and travel agency who would like to join our project to build floating house for our poor families in Prek Toal, please feel free to let me know anytime.

For every amount of donation is keeps the “Prek Toal Home and Life Project” as a token of appreciation for our community good indeed.

I am Hoksan, still looking forward to hearing and getting your support very soon now.

With warmest regards,


Hoksan

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

New Project of "PREK TOAL HOME AND LIFE’ PROJECT 2017"


PREK TOAL HOME AND LIFE’ PROJECT 2017

BACKGROUND

I am Hoksan AN from Prek Toal village in Cambodia, project manager of the “Greening Prek Toal Project 2017”. This project was successfully completed 26 March 2017, thanks to many local and international donors, who supported us to run this project, along with 160 volunteers.   There was a lot of damage to our precious flooded forests by fires in the dry season of April 2016. Many houses were severely burnt and the environment was badly damaged   Our donors’ and supporters’ funding and hard work resulted in 3 hectares of fire-damaged land being replanted.

Our villagers now find it very difficult to do their fishing around the lake and also in the rivers, because there are no fish nests and not much water on the lake since that time.

A EXCITING NEW PROJECT FOR PREK TOAL

Our second project is the Prek Toal Home and Life Project, designed to improve villagers’ housing and living quality and repair the damage to families’ homes in the Prek Toal floating village.

The Project is focused on building floating houses for 25 poor families in my community, enhancing living conditions and improving the health of villagers’ environments. This will be done through working with donors, community developers and Prek Toal Tours and Travel’s guests who wish to make a difference to our community.

Our long-term goal is to create a sustainable economic and natural environment for the current and future community.



ESTIMATED PROJECT COSTS

Each house will cost approximately US$3,793.50. 




Saturday, September 2, 2017

Guest experience: "Wonderful and extensive exposure to country Cambodia"


Review on TripAdvisor, March 11, 2017, name: BarryH474

A 0500 start from Siem Reap, then a/c vehicle trip of 50 minutes to the dock. While still dark we had the opportunity to see the local workers also heading off for the beginning of the day, very interesting. 
From the dock and in a rising dawn we headed out onto Tonle Sap for a glorious trip to the floating village. Lots of early morning fishing and business activity. 
The floating village was a busy and happy place with a very vibrant waterway. 
The young children waving at the novelty of tourists passing. Elder children dressed in crisp whites and paddling themselves to school. Mr. Hoksan, the business owner is a local and was our guide from start to finish. With him we blended into the village which was a bit unusual as I did not see another tourist all day. l enjoyed this part of the trip immensely.

Tranferred to a smaller boat, but still 8.5 metres long, and off to the RAMSAR bird sanctuary. 

Again a waterway full of interesting activities and sights. The sanctuary was my wife's part of the trip. We were informed the water was down a bit and there was no flooded forest but there was plenty of birds about, ably spotted by either Mr Hoksan, the boatman or the deck hand. 

My wife was absolutely delighted with the quantity and variety of bird life. And as she was delighted, then so was I.

After a couple of hours in the bird sanctuary, back to the village for a genuine local lunch in Mr Hoksan home. He even made the effort to bring his Dad in to say hello. Then we headed back to Siem Reap, different boatman and a different route which further added to the trip, arriving at our hotel at about 1400.

This would be the most interesting, complex and best value for money trip we have ever been on!

Link: 

Guest experience: "Amazing trip. Don't miss it!"



Guest Review on TripAdvisor, 13rd March 2017, name Shannon0910




We did an overnight "homestay" and visit to the bird sanctuary. 

Mr. Hoksan is a delightful young man who does so much for his community. We enjoyed learning about the village and the way of life there as much as we were amazed by the abundance of incredible birds. 

This was two days of extraordinary adventure, with wonderful people ushering us along at each stage. Please also check out the Greening Prek Toal project to help them reforest the area after a tragic fire.

Link: 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

អ្នក​ជំនាញ​ថា​បឹង​ទន្លេសាប​កម្ពុជា​កំពុង​រង​ការ​បំផ្លិចបំផ្លាញ​ ខណៈ​ប្រព័ន្ធ​អេកូឡូស៊ី​ជួប​នូវ​វិបត្តិ


Mon, 7 August 2017, Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon

ភ្នំពេញៈ ក្រុម​អ្នក​ជំនាញ​បាន​និយាយ​ថា​បឹង​ទន្លេសាប​ដែល​ជា​បឹង​ដ៏ធំ​បំផុត​មួយ​របស់​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​ និង​ជា​ប្រភព​ផ្តល់​ម្ហូប​អាហារ​សម្រាប់​មនុស្ស​រាប់​លាន​នាក់​កំពុង​ទទួល​រង​ការ​បំផ្លិចបំផ្លាញ​យ៉ាង​ធ្ងន់ធ្ងរ ខណៈ​ប្រព័ន្ធ​អេកូឡូស៊ី​ដ៏​សំខាន់​បំផុត​នៃ​បឹង​នេះ​កំពុង​ជួប​វិបត្តិ​ហើយ​វា​អាច​ធ្វើឲ្យ​ប៉ះពាល់​ដល់​មនុស្ស​​ទូទាំង​ប្រទេស​។

ប្រព័ន្ធ​អេកូឡូស៊ី​នៃ​បឹង​ដ៏ធំ​មហិមា​ដែល​រៀងរាល់​ឆ្នាំ​ចរន្ត​ទឹក​ជំនន់​បាន​ហូរ​នាំ​ដីល្បាប់​​ដ៏​មាន​ជីវជាតិ​មក​ស្រោចស្រព​ដំណាំ​កសិកម្ម​របស់​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​អស់​រយៈពេល​ជា​យូរលង់​មក​ហើយ​ និង​ដែល​មនុស្ស​រាប់លាន​នាក់​ពឹង​ផ្អែក​លើ​បឹង​ដ៏ធំ​មួយ​នេះ​ក្នុង​ការ​ផ្គត់ផ្គង់​ម្ហូប​អាហារ​ និង​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ធារាសាស្ត្រ​សម្រាប់​ជីវភាព​រស់នៅ​ប្រចាំ​ថ្ងៃ​នោះ​បាន​ប្រែប្រួល​ខុស​ពី​មុន ខណៈ​ផលប៉ះពាល់​គួរ​ឲ្យ​បារម្ភ​នៃ​បឹង​នេះ​បាន​ធ្វើឲ្យ​អ្វីៗ​គ្រប់​យ៉ាង​រង​នូវ​ឥទ្ធិពល​ជា​អវិជ្ជមាន​រាប់​ចាប់​តាំងពី​សន្តិសុខ​ស្បៀង​រហូត​ដល់​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច និង​ប្រជាជន​ដែល​រស់នៅ​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​នេះ​។ 



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The outlook for my hometown is rather grim..


Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon and Kong Meta, (Phnom Penh Post, Friday 23 June 2017) quoted my statements to them in writing about the recent Prek Toal flooded forest fires.

“The outlook for my hometown is rather grim – in large part due to the loss of economic prospects.  People in my village are feeling very sad and depressed about their future.

The young people are difficult to motivate and encourage to keep studying and working for a better future.  There has not been any official recognition or support of these issues, either repair of the environment or prevention of future fires.  Not only has their village been badly affected, their whole future livelihood has been taken away.”


We are doing everything we can to change our future and to give the village some hope.  
Our Greening Prek Toal project is a way of encouraging our villagers to work with partners, sponsors and the bigger international community to help repair our environment and help our young people to have a future.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The forest won’t grow back …


Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon and Kong Meta, (Phnom Penh Post, Friday 23 June 2017) reported on the results of the April 2016 forest fire at Prek Toal and how the environment needs our help to recover.

“A few charred skeletons of once-proud trees dot the landscape, and while some shrubs remain, creeping vines now dominate the plain.  The vines cut out the light and rapidly draw nutrients from the soil, all of which may handicap the growth of trees. 

‘The forest won’t grow back … It’s going to be completely stalled by the plowing and cultivation.  The process of land conversion for agriculture that was already taking place is now vastly accelerated.  

The problem is we’re heading for a double whammy – dams are ongoing and Tonle Sap flooded forest destruction is ongoing.’ (Mahood, WCS, Wildlife Conservation Society)

The Greening Prek Toal project brings together Prek Toal villagers, local and wider community members and international sponsors to help the flooded forest recover and provide the best possible environment for our future.


For more information about Greening Prek Toal, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/eg-greening-prek-toal-project

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Forest fires + climate change + dams on the Mekong + deforestation


Forest fires + climate change + dams on the Mekong + deforestation = disaster for Prek Toal and the Cambodian environment. 

Forest fires near our Prek Toal village in 2016 made us all realise that we must be more careful of our environment.

“Rangers and conservationists reckon the forest will take at least 30 years to recover. But the extreme conditions witnessed last year may not be an isolated event... 

The difference this time around may be attributed to the country’s rapid deforestation since the ’90s. The degradation of “water catchments” – the forested mountain ranges that surround Cambodia’s floodplain – has in turn made the flow of water into the Tonle Sap during the dry season irregular.  

Drought, climate change and changes to the Mekong’s flood pulse – caused mostly by upstream dams – all likely lead the forest to dry out.” (Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon and Kong Meta, Phnom Penh Post, Friday 23 June 2017)

Prek Toal villagers understand this well... Our biggest challenge is to help the Ministry and the governments, in Cambodia and internationally to see that it’s much more than just a fire. 

It is a very big warning that WE ALL MUST DO SOMETHING.
To see how serious the situation around Prek Toal is, go to: