Update Village School Project

The school project is in full swing with the construction of the school and the evaluation of pupils and kindergarten teachers. The main part of the groundwork on the school terrain has already been completed. The 110,000 m3 lake has also been finished. Meanwhile, the foundation is also completed and the first wooden frames had […]

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SONDERAUSSTELLUNG «HANNES SCHMID – CONCERNED PHOTOGRAPHY»

From 21 September 2017 to 4 February 2018 the SPECIAL EXHIBITION «HANNES SCHMID – CONCERNED PHOTOGRAPHY takes place in the Liechtenstein State Museum in Vaduz. You are cordially invited to experience Hannes Schmid, the founder of Smiling Gecko, live through the extensive accompanying program.   HANNES SCHMID – CONCERNED PHOTOGRAPHY The ‘concerned photographer’ is motivated […]

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Visit Report of the Chairman

Smiling Gecko visit report, Christian Zwicky, July 2-5, 2017 Dear friends of Smiling Gecko, I would like to provide a short update on my recent trip to Cambodia visiting our team at the farm and at the office. My ‘findings’: The teams (Cambodians) work independently, without instructions and start their work in the morning without […]

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Village School Project

Current state of the project / progress In December 2016, the planning of the architecture by the ETH team under the direction of Prof. Dirk E. Hebel was completed with a ready-to-go, realizable project. The adaptation to the local regulations and the approval of the project were also finalized in spring 2017. In April 2017, […]

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Rat hunt as a source of income for slum kids

It is depressing and  frightening, how children in the slums of Phnom Penh have to earn money for themselves and their families. In order to help sustainably, Smiling Gecko tries to provide as many young Cambodians as possible with school education and vocational training, to put them in a position to permanently earn a living for themselves […]

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One year as a Carpentry Manager at Smiling Gecko

Experience report by Alain Schneiter What a year !? This was my thought when I departed the farm with a sense of melancholy, heading towards Phnom Penh for the last time. The events of the past year flashed through my mind with varying emotions and memories and I would like to somewhat pen them down here. […]

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Hannes Schmid distinguished with the 2016 Jonas Furrer Prize

On 12 November 2016 Hannes Schmid was distinguished by the Zurich Masonic Lodge with the bi-annual Jonas Furrer Prize for his unique work, ‘Smiling Gecko’, in Cambodia. The honorific speech for Hannes Schmid for the award ceremony was delivered by the highly respected former Chief Prosecutor of the UN War Crimes Tribunal, Carla del Ponte, […]

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Village School Project – Animation of the ETH

The planning phase of the Village School Project has been completed. The plans are ready for the approval process and we are working to find a general contractor in Cambodia, who realizes the construction of the school in autumn 2016 with us. In the film, you will get an impression of how our school project […]

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Village School Project – the ETH-Project-Team

Under the direction of Prof. Dirk Hebel, the project team of the ETH has planned and designed our schoolhouse project in the last six months with enormous commitment, many innovative ideas and with consideration of traditional designs and materials as well as the local climatic conditions.   What is unique about Smiling Gecko for you? […]

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New website – Farmhouse Smiling Gecko

For those of you, who would like to visit our holistic cluster project in Cambodia during a trip to Asia: The new website of our Farmhouse Smiling Gecko is online since mid-june. Here you will find much more information and images of our guesthouse as well as the ability to place your booking request. >> Visit […]

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