Our neighbors in the Koh Kong region are our greatest ally – they have taught us so much about the ecosystem we are living in and how to protect it at all costs. We consider them our friends and we are delighted to work with so many of them at Canvas & Orchids Retreat. The strong sense of community spirit has only strengthened over time and we share our knowledge and education with each other. It’s a beautiful partnership that we truly value.
With this in mind, we have developed several projects aimed at improving the lives of everyone who lives in the region, as well as protecting the fragile fauna, flora and wildlife balance. It is essential that we do everything possible to ensure its survival and help it to flourish.
Here are just a few of the projects we launched that have helped the area to blossom:
Tatai River Clean-up
A few short years ago, the Tatai River was overflowing with the deluge of rubbish left by tourists. Unable to cope with the overflowing bins, the trash would end up in the water. It was a sorry sight that broke our hearts. We knew that we had to do something about it before the river was irreparably damaged.
So once a year, with the help of the community leaders, volunteer boat owners and children from the surrounding schools, we work together to collect the rubbish floating on the Tatai River. We collect food wrappers, plastic straws and cutlery, bottles and packaging. We delve deep into the mangroves to retrieve trash caught in the underwater branches and we dig out plastic waste buried in mud and sand. Throughout the day, we converse to discuss the importance of protecting the environment and reducing waste to the best of our abilities. Together we have spread information throughout the villages and communities that we are positive will help future generations to keep the river flowing freely.
Tatai Waterfall Clean-up
Sadly, collecting all the rubbish around the waterfalls is a daily activity, due to the sheer volume of waste that accumulates over a few short hours. We work on this with the help of the Tatai Tourism Community.
We are proud of river and waterfall clean-up projects as we know that it will benefit both the people and the land for years to come. The information sharing and passing down of educational tools give us hope for a brighter, cleaner future.
Your visit to the waterfall from Canvas & Orchids Retreat helps us fund the clean-ups.
Children are the future and it’s up to us to help them learn ways to protect the environment and live a bright, clean future. We were thrilled to work with several local business owners to build a water catchment system that helped provide healthy, uncontaminated drinking water for school children here.
Additionally, we have built a school library, provided much-needed supplies and installed electricity in other schools close by.
Build a School
Our most recent project is completely renovating the Koh Kong Khnong School, situated two hours downstream. It’s located in the little-known Koh Kong Khnong district that receives little to no financial assistance from NGOs and charities.
We are working hard to raise money to repair the two classrooms of the school, as both have been severely damaged by moisture and bad weather. The roof is leaking and the students find it hard to concentrate in these conditions. We are doing everything possible to give them a dry, comfortable school so that they can enjoy their education once more.