Our Sister NGO(s)
Rural School Village Program Cambodia
The Together Project
The Together Project (TTP), part of the Cambodian NGO Rural Schools Support Organization (RSSO), was founded in 2020. The Together Project has a teaching farm located in Bakong, 30 minutes outside of Siem Reap. The farm consists of a hydroponic greenhouse, netted greenhouse, mushroom house, and schoolhouse. The Together Project is teaching students and villagers to grow organic crops with various sustainable farming practices. The farm uses homemade natural fertilizer and pesticide alternatives. The Together Project is also growing crops alternative to what is typically grown in Cambodia (rice, corn, cassava). These alternative crops are more nutritious and generate a higher profit. The Together Project has build 2 mushroom houses at local schools and hopes to expand the program by building mushroom houses at Rural School Village Program’s 29 schools.
Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD) is an all Khmer demining organization founded by Khmers, for Khmers.
Aki Ra, founder of CSHD, is an ex-child soldier, who fought in the Cambodian wars of the late 20th century. He fought under the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese army. When the Vietnamese left, he joined the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and saw landmines destroy many lives.
In the early 1990s he started clearing landmines with a stick and screwdriver. He soon found out he was very good at demining and it became his trade.
He cleared landmines and UXOs for years wherever he found them – he did this alone and cleared them for free.
The mission of CSHD is to clear landmines and UXOs in small, rural villages throughout Cambodia.
At the Cambodia Landmine Museum we focus on educating our visitors about the dangers of landmines, where they came from, who laid them, how they work, and their presence in Cambodia. One mine means one life impacted and those odds are still far too high in Cambodia.
The museum grounds used to be home to landmine victims and at-risk children (family too poor to support them, no family, etc). These children have since moved out, and we no longer house children, largely due to the decrease in landmine incidents in Cambodia. We still offer English lessons to local children.