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«basmati – authentic help» supports and promotes small, local organisations and projects in Southeast Asia. Just click through and learn more about the exciting stories of our partner organisations. We are sure there is something for your taste.
When Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) officially opened its doors in 1999, the children's hospital consisted of just three Cambodian doctors, ten nurses, numerous medical volunteers - and one hospital bed. Today, AHC has successfully realised its original vision of being a "world-class hospital for Cambodians, run by Cambodians".
An poorly funded school system, too little or missing school materials, neglected infrastructure and underpaid teachers are a heavy mortgage for underdeveloped Laos, trapped between the economic powers of China, Thailand and Vietnam. EDF Lao tries to contribute to better education with pragmatic, simple and efficient solutions.
Reading is educational - reading is fun. For many children in Laos, only the first part of this statement has been true for many years. Most of them don't even know the difference between a school book and a fiction book. But thanks to Big Brother Mouse this is slowly changing.
They are small, furry and so cute that you almost forget that they are one of the most effective means of detecting deadly anti-personnel mines: the Hero Rats of the Belgian organisation APOPO. Two of these mine-sniffing rats, coordinated by two supervisors, can search over 200 square metres of land within an hour. It would take a mine clearance worker one and a half days to achieve the same.
The future of the Asian elephant looks bleak. Fewer than 1000 animals, wild and domesticated, are currently still in the country that was once called "the land of a million elephants". Slowly, a change in mindset is also taking place in Laos, but there is still a long way to go to save them, as you can see at the Elephant Conservation Center.
First Step Cambodia helps, supports and intervenes in cases of sexual abuse and focuses on the male victims - because sexual abuse of boys is an even bigger taboo in Cambodia than in our country.
For tourists, Pulau Langkawi is a small island paradise in the north of Malaysia. Far away from paradisiacal conditions, however, there are countless cats and dogs living on the island - some of them feral, often neglected, sometimes injured by accidents or unpleasant encounters.
When we first met the initiator and founder of Chibodia, Samuel Pehlke, in 2008, he was in the process of building a school in a small village not far from Udong in Cambodia. But this was only the beginning.
The clay pots of the RDI-C are a sensation. The simplest but highly effective water filters are made from clay and rice straw, which save lives and cost almost nothing. And this is just one of many innovations and ideas with which RDI-C has been improving the lives of Cambodians for years.