Recycling in Cambodia: the CAKE project

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WHAT IS THE CAKE PROJECT?

CAKE stands for Cleaning up Archetype for Kids and Environment. It's a unique project to educate and implement a program related handling pollution, proper garbage disposal, environmental hazards, sanitation, hygiene and cleanliness. It's a clean up drive to raise awareness and to give the children and youth of Cambodia a chance to grow up in a healthy and clean environment. It's main objective is to foster a sense of responsibility towards the community by creating a generation that takes care of the surroundings actively and consciously. They will responsibly educate the adults in their home and lives who may have forgotten the importance of cleanliness.

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WHY IS CAKE UNIQUE ?

CAKE is an initiative of Little Hearts Organisation, who are providing a house and education to kids in the area of Arey Khsat (Phnom Penh-Cambodia). Some 40 kids are living in our orphanage and some 150 additional kids are coming daily to complete their education through intensive English and IT courses. Confronted with the growing challenge of waste management in the country, we decided to set-up a project called CAKE (Cleaning up Archetype for Kids and Environment).

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WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT CAKE ?

If we can prove that we can make a difference in our area of Arey Khsat, we will have a Proof-of-Concept towards the Government asking them to collaborate scalling-up our initiative.

WHAT IS LITTLE HEARTS FOUNDATION ?

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Help is desperately needed to care for some of the youngest ones in Cambodia that would otherwise be left to fend for themselves. Little Hearts is here to give them the stable home and the happy childhood that every kid deserves. And to provide them with an education that prepares them for life as a healthy, caring and productive member of Cambodian society.

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WHO IS BEHIND THIS PROJECT ?

The idea for this project originated from two Belgian brothers who witnessed misery and suffering as they travelled through the remote areas of Asia. Tony & Jimmy Geeraerts decided they wanted to give something back to the people who had welcomed them so warmly when they had so little to give. With close friends, Jo Offeciers, Dimitri Segers and Joost Zweegers, they created a non- profit organization called "Little Hearts". The team initially renovated an old colonial school building just outside of Phnom Penh, and in May 2009, they opened an orphanage that housed up to 50 kids. But since there are many more under-privileged Cambodian children in need of a home, Little Hearts decided in 2012 to build a bigger orphanage and become a larger organization. Jan Offeciers, Katrine Horemans, Alain Heureux and Patricia Geeraerts joined the team and all together, they opened in October 2013 a new orphanage that can comfortably house up to 80 kids. Next to this Belgian team, we have a fully dedicated local team on the ground including a supervisor, a care-taker, two nannies, various teachers, a chef, a cleaning lady and two security guards.

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HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED ?

Launching CAKE involves significant costs. In order to fund this project, we need 50.000 EUR in total. 50% we found via other means (fund raising activities and contributions from the founders of the project. The other 25.000 EUR we want to gather via crowdfunding (10.500 is crowdfunded off-line thanks income of our garden party). The 50.000 EUR will be used to fund during 6 months our project for

  • A Team of Sanitation workers (25.000 EUR)

  • Communication tools within the Area on streets and in schools (4.000 EUR)

  • Training sessions towards population (2.500 EUR)

  • Environmental facilities to store the waste at different disposal sites in the Area (11.500 EUR)

  • Transport of waste towards central disposal in PP (7.000 EUR)

 

SOME MORE INFO ABOUT THE ORGANISATION BEHIND THE CAKE PROJECT

In a country as poor as Cambodia, a child is not always a blessing. After giving birth in a local hospital, some desperate mothers simply abandon their babies. Local authorities do try to place these children in homes, but there are simply not enough places for every child. If a child is not adopted by the age of three, the brutal reality is that he, or she, will probably never find a home. These are forgotten children, destined to grow up unloved and alone in desperate conditions. For a child like this, the future is bleak. Our orphanage takes in children like these and does more than just provide them with food and a roof over their heads. We take great care to make it more of a normal, happy home than an institution. Their Education Each child should have access of a quality education. All our kids attend local schools, as well as additional courses at our facility (English, Khmer, mathematics, computer, art, traditional dance, etc) which will help them to prepare for university or a fulfilling and rewarding career. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that every child we take under our wings will grow up to become an educated, successful and responsible adult. With a brighter future ahead of them, our hope is that they will avoid the exploitation and corruption in Cambodian life, and provide an inspiration to others to help build a more rewarding and productive community. Besides giving our children at the orphanage additional schooling, we provide these extraclasses daily to around 100 kids from the neighborhood. Their Home Our purpose-built orphanage is on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and provides the perfect environment for our project, but finding the necessary resources has not been easy. Considerable effort and investment have gone into creating ahome for our 80 children. However, there is still much to be done. The achievement of this project will only be possible with your continued help.

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FURTHER QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS ?

If you have further questions about CAKE, Little Hearts or our initiatives you are more then welcome to get in touch. This is best done via mail info@littlehearts.be Or do you have some additional ideas and/or want to volunteer to realize this together with us? Then we are very curious to hear more about it !?

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