Not-for-profit boutique hotel open for business in Cambodia

George Sell By George Sell
09 March 2016 | Updated 09 March 2016

Cambodia: The Green Leaf Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap is raising money for local charitable initiatives.

Cambodia: The Green Leaf Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap is raising money for local charitable initiatives.

Projects funded through the revenues of the hotel include supporting a local orphanage; education programmes for a community with over 3000 families; development and donation of a unique water purification product using an all natural, renewable resource.

With tourism numbers doubling in the past three years, Siem Reap was recently announced as the #2 destination in the world by TripAdvisor.

"This is a unique concept we have here. Instead of taking advantage of the massive influx of tourism and profiting from it, we decided to use the revenues from the hotel and do something good. We strongly promote sustainable tourism, eco-tours, yoga and health retreats. Basically tourism with a cause. You will feel good about your stay knowing that the money you spend here is helping the community," says co-founder Amir Azimi.

Guests staying at the hotel will also have the chance to take part in several volunteer projects. Recently guests participated in building a shower facility and replacing all of the mattresses and bedding at a local orphanage. Around 80 per cent of the hotel staff grew up at the orphanage that the hotel is now supporting.

"Over the next few months, we are looking at completely taking over management of the orphanage so that we can do major upgrades, provide completely free education and constant medical care for the kids and build a new school on the grounds to provide different education programs for free to the over 3000 families in the community. Everything from health and sanitation, business skills and trades to Moringa education," said Azimi.

www.thegreenleafboutiquehotel.com

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