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Our Mission

Botumsakor is a district located in the Cardamom mountains on the new National road between Koh Kong and Sre Ambel. Historically, villagers business used to sell wood and wildlife stock of the surrounding area. Little farming is done. BCDO (Botumsakor Community Development Organization) mission is to improve the quality of life for the villagers of Botumsakor and the protection of the environment in the area with a holistic approach displayed below.

We work on several linked main projects starting with:

I- Education and vocational training

II- Environmental issues

III- Organic Farming

IV- Eco-tourism

With understanding of importance of natural resources, BCDO (Botumsakor Community Development Organization), a Non-profit organization, was established to offer a foreign languages and vocational training to villagers and poor children to raise awareness on environmental and biodiversity protection (fresh water and soil are vital for sustainable agriculture, and the forests surrounding Andong Teuk play a crucial role in both maintaining ground water level and preserving soil, plus giving natural living space for a wide range of endangered wildlife species). An important part of BCDO’s mission is the education of the young generation about the impact of deforestation and poaching and the advice about environment-friendly alternatives. To prevent of cutting firewood and drawing on natural products, organic farming and bio-gas and briquette installations are promoted.

To an extra income for the people of Botumsakor,  tourist information is provided to travelers and several guided tours are set up.

    

 

 

 

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Our History

BCDO was established on 15 November, 2009 and is based in Botumsakor district, Andong Teuk Commune, Koh Kong province, Kingdom of Cambodia. BCDO started as a private education school to provide education and vocational training for the young generation.

Since its founding, BCDO has collected only nominal school fees from attendees. The fees are used to defray the costs of electricity, water and rent. Many of the nearly 300 students are from impoverished circumstances and neither they nor their families are able to afford fees that could sustainably support BCDO. For students without extremely little means, BCDO waved these fees altogether.

Six months after its establishment, BCDO halted operations due to insufficient fees, as many students could no longer afford to pay even the nominal fee. The school remained closed for the rest of 2010 due to insufficient funds to cover operating costs. Afterwards BCDO staffed four volunteer teachers and started teaching again with 80-85 students.

BCDO is committed to serving these students by revising the model for financing their education, with the aim of waiving school fees. Furthermore, BCDO seeks to create other appropriation programs that foster knowledge sharing and that help prepare students for their future careers.

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