The year 2017 was full of business and community growth at Mad Monkey, and the final few months were no exception. With 7 hostels open and thriving, our opportunities to create impactful change around us were greater than ever before.
This post will highlight a few of our community projects from October, November, and December.
We received donations for 12 water wells in rural Cambodia
A huge thank you to everyone who donated funds to the Mad Monkey Clean Water Project over the last few months! In addition to the enduring generosity and support we receive from our guests and supporters, we saw a spike in donations around our ‘Jingle Bells & Water Wells’ holiday fundraising campaign.
Remember, though – a water well donated in a loved one’s name makes a great gift, all year round! You can learn more about our Clean Water Project and our partnership with Trailblazer Foundation (the NGO that installs the wells in the countryside around Siem Reap) HERE.
Our Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Teams became ChildSafe Certified
As part of our new partnership with the ChildSafe Movement (a campaign coordinated by Friends International), Mad Monkey has made a commitment to run Child Protection training sessions for all of our staff. In October the ChildSafe team joined us at our hostels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for this training.
The sessions were very enlightening and sparked great discussions that are still ongoing. The tourism industry plays a vital role in preventing harm to marginalized children, and we are proud to be doing our part to end child exploitation in Southeast Asia.
The next step in this process will be for some of our team members to delve deeper into these studies, so that they can go on to share what they learn with our teams in Kampot and Koh Rong Samloem. We look forward to widening our Child Protection efforts further in 2018!
We sponsored the Epic Arts production ” Coming Back Brighter”
Mad Monkey Hostel Kampot is the Gold Sponsor of Coming Back Brighter, a moving production put annually on by Epic Encounters. The hour-long performance portrays Cambodia’s history and imagines its future through film, contemporary dance, and traditional Khmer Apsara dance.
Epic Encounters is an inclusive dance company comprised of Cambodian performers, some of whom have disabilities. Epic Encounters is a social enterprise that helps to fund Epic Arts, Mad Monkey’s longstanding community partner in Kampot.
You can learn more about Epic Arts HERE.
You can see reviews of Coming Back Brighter and buy tickets HERE.
Our Nacpan team took part in a big Beach Clean Up
A clean beach is a happy beach. Our beautiful new hostel in Nacpan, Palawan enjoys a jaw-dropping beachfront location. We are dedicated to keeping it that way, so we take every opportunity we can to help preserve our local environment.
At the end of December, our Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach team took to the shoreline to pick up litter and leave the beach looking a little brighter.