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Feb 2, 2010

The villagers of Chi Phat now have their own Visitor’s Center!

Visitor's Center Entrance
Visitor's Center Entrance

On January 8, 2010, Royal Cambodian Government officials, provincial and district governors, commune chiefs, village chiefs, villagers from Chi Phat, and Wildlife Alliance staff celebrated the official opening of the new Chi Phat Visitors' Center.

The Center is built out of eco-friendly bamboo that was collected in the village area. It is the first engineered bamboo structure in Cambodia. The structure includes a courtyard, an exhibition area with a rainforest & wildlife conservation display and more information about the Community Based Ecotourism Project (CBET), a restaurant, a management office, and a meeting and training room. These new amenities provide guests with more comfort and provide the Chi Phat committee with a central place to hold meetings and workshops.

Our Community Based Ecotourism Project (CBET) has come a long way since it began in 2007. It operates out of the Chi Phat Commune -- a group of four villages that is home to about 550 families and sits on the banks of the Piphot River in Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains. Last year Chi Phat had over 670 paying guests; with revenue going back into the community to support the villagers who provide guest service. Revenues additionally support the Chi Phat Community fund which helps to improve the villages’ education, water supply, roads, and access to health care and so on.

Over the past 2 years, the villagers of Chi Phat have been busily developing trails and camping sites, constructing the Visitors’ Center, and converting their homes into guesthouses. They also have been learning how to maintain mountain bikes, speak basic English, honing their hospitality skills, as well as taking cooking classes, just to name a few!

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony
Public outreach at the Visitor's Center
Public outreach at the Visitor's Center

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Jan 19, 2010

Care for Rescued Wildlife Year End Report

Please read about our sucesses and challenges over the past year at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in the attached PDF. Thank you!


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Jan 6, 2010

Thanks To Your Generosity We Reached Our Goal!

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