Le Tonle Training Guesthouse and Restaurant aims to provide free theoretical and practical training for tourism and hospitality jobs to young, disadvantaged Cambodians. Training includes receptionist duties, housekeeping, cooking and hospitality. Provision of these skill-sets enables vulnerable youth to access varied and worthwhile career opportunities. In turn, graduated trainees and are able to live independently and support their family by sending some of their earnings back home.
Without support to endure the pandemic of COVID-19, Le Tonle may not be able to remain active and provide this training and support for Northeast Cambodia's vulnerable youth. Le Tonle operates through funds raised from donors and guesthouse and restaurant income. Furthermore, these facilities would enable trainees to develop practical experience and confidence in a supportive, authentic environment. COVID-19 directly and detrimentally affects the tourists the guesthouse & restaurant are empty.
Le Tonle Training Guesthouse and Restaurant/center established since 2007 and it is a non-profit social project of Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT). Funds raised will be used to pay lease for Le Tonle buildings and to support a team of standby staff to work during the pandemic. Their work includes training program development, seeking job opportunities for graduated trainees, improving networking and preparing for a seemless re-opening after COVID-19 is defeated.
Helping Le Tonle fill this gap will enable the center to; Continue to provide training for vulnerable youth of Northeast Cambodia (around 18-20 trainees are trained each year and 85% of them find jobs in the tourism industry). Empower disadvantaged youth to be confident, live independently and positively influence their community. Enable youth from underprivileged rural communities to broaden their worldview, become involved in, and develop passion for fields of work.