Die Smiling Gecko Storys
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Willkommen bei den Storys von Smiling Gecko! Mit dem Relaunch unserer Website haben wir begonnen, einiges von dem in kleinen Artikeln zusammenzutragen, was uns bei Smiling Gecko in Kambodscha bewegt und antreibt.
Das können Berichte aus den einzelnen Bereichen des Smiling Gecko Campus sein, Interviews mit unseren Mitarbeitenden vor Ort oder Geschichten, die wir aus irgendeinem Grund bemerkenswert finden. Sie können lustig, traurig oder lehrreich sein. Vor allem sollen sie aber sollen eins tun: Hoffnung machen auf eine Zukunft für das ländliche Kambodscha. In diesem Sinne: Viel Spass beim Stöbern!
School and Kindergarten The history of our school uniforms School uniforms are worn in many countries of the world today to make any social differences between the children less visible. In rural Cambodia, where all people are practically equally poor, they serve other purposes. Here you can find out what
Hollywood director and Smiling Gecko godfather Marc Forster is convinced: “Music, literature and film are emotional forms of expression that contribute to a nation’s healing process.” With the House of Culture and Music we want to contribute to this in the future. Here’s how we intend to do this.
The effects of global warming hit a poor country like Cambodia particularly hard. Here people are heavily dependent on agriculture. At the same time, there are few opportunities to protect oneself against the effects of crop failures. With the “Women in Aquaculture” project we are looking for a solution.
As in many developing countries, rural exodus is a problem in Cambodia for which there has not yet been an adequate answer. With the “Agriculture Family Project” we are gathering valuable insights into what conditions are needed to prevent people from fleeing into the slums.
It is an indispensable part of the refined dishes of the Farmhouse Resort’s kitchen. The world-famous Kampot pepper can be ground particularly well and stylishly with the pepper mills from our carpentry workshop. But what actually makes the pepper so special? We set out to find the reasons.
Anyone who has ever tasted a ripe mango from the fields of the Smiling Gecko Campus will agree: There is no better fruit. Especially not in Cambodia, where most of the heavily contaminated fruit and vegetables come from Vietnam, as Cambodian farmers simply lack the expertise to use the demanding climatic conditions to their advantage.
In contrast to some regions of Africa, Cambodia actually has significantly better conditions to operate an agricultural economy, for example, as we know it from the neighboring countries Thailand and Vietnam. So why is the country so poor and so backward? A look at the history books helps with the explanation.
A life without music? It’s probably hard for us to imagine. In Cambodia, however, this is the reality. The country’s recent history has meant that large sections of the younger generation grow up without the “natural” integration of music as a form of cultural expression. Widespread poverty and an inadequate school infrastructure also contribute to the lack of cultural expression. We think: This clearly has to change!
A poor country like Cambodia is particularly hard hit by the corona pandemic. In contrast to the industrialized nations, the state does not have the ability to protect people from the consequences. And as always, those who are least able to defend themselves are hit the hardest: the children! We report what the crisis means for them.