Die Smiling Gecko Storys
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Willkommen bei den Storys von Smiling Gecko! Mit dem Relaunch unserer Website haben wir begonnen, einiges von dem in kleinen Artikeln zusammenzutragen, was uns bei Smiling Gecko in Kambodscha bewegt und antreibt.
Das können Berichte aus den einzelnen Bereichen des Smiling Gecko Campus sein, Interviews mit unseren Mitarbeitenden vor Ort oder Geschichten, die wir aus irgendeinem Grund bemerkenswert finden. Sie können lustig, traurig oder lehrreich sein. Vor allem sollen sie aber sollen eins tun: Hoffnung machen auf eine Zukunft für das ländliche Kambodscha. In diesem Sinne: Viel Spass beim Stöbern!
Help for the land of the defective smile
We are delighted when private individuals and companies support us. We would like to present a great example from the field of dentistry here.
The queen of spices is now growing on campus
The cultivation of vanilla is extremely complicated, but also particularly lucrative. We have started cultivating the spice at the Smiling Gecko Campus. Read this article to learn more about it.
A country changes in a whirlwind
Cambodia is one of the countries most affected by climate change worldwide. In this story, you will learn what impact this has on the country.
The history of our school uniforms
School and Kindergarten The history of our school uniforms School uniforms are worn in many countries of the world today to make any social differences between the children less visible. In rural Cambodia, where all people are practically equally poor, they serve other purposes. Here you can find out what
Mariya Un Noun: Tender Person, Tough Background
As a young maid, when Mariya was molested by her householder, she thought: This is the end. In fact, it was the beginning – of her unique career as a chef.
In the Slums of Sihanoukville
These are images that are hard to bear. And yet we want to show them at the end of this report. Because they reflect the reality in Cambodia. The people who live in the slums and dumps of Sihanoukville.
The youth rat hunters of Phnom Penh
Where Cambodian meat and fish traders peddle their wares under questionable hygienic conditions during the day, young people sneak through the deserted places at night. Hannes Schmid has followed them with a cameraman.
Strong together for Cambodia
Thanks to our holistic approach, we are actually quite self-sufficient on the Smiling Gecko Campus today. But of course there are also areas where it makes sense for us to work together with other organisations.
The House of Culture and Music
Hollywood director and Smiling Gecko godfather Marc Forster is convinced: “Music, literature and film are emotional forms of expression that contribute to a nation’s healing process.” With the House of Culture and Music we want to contribute to this in the future. Here’s how we intend to do this.
A (r)evolution in Cambodia’s agriculture
The effects of global warming hit a poor country like Cambodia particularly hard. Here people are heavily dependent on agriculture. At the same time, there are few opportunities to protect oneself against the effects of crop failures. With the “Women in Aquaculture” project we are looking for a solution.
Bamboo: the steel of the tropics?
Admittedly, the working title of this future project by Smiling Gecko Cambodia (SGC) is a bit unwieldy, but the idea is so good that we really want to introduce the “Advanced Bio Based Construction Materials Lab” here.
A way out of the slums with mangos
As in many developing countries, rural exodus is a problem in Cambodia for which there has not yet been an adequate answer. With the “Agriculture Family Project” we are gathering valuable insights into what conditions are needed to prevent people from fleeing into the slums.
Kampot Pepper: A very special spice
It is an indispensable part of the refined dishes of the Farmhouse Resort’s kitchen. The world-famous Kampot pepper can be ground particularly well and stylishly with the pepper mills from our carpentry workshop. But what actually makes the pepper so special? We set out to find the reasons.
Fresh from campus to table in Phnom Penh
Anyone who has ever tasted a ripe mango from the fields of the Smiling Gecko Campus will agree: There is no better fruit. Especially not in Cambodia, where most of the heavily contaminated fruit and vegetables come from Vietnam, as Cambodian farmers simply lack the expertise to use the demanding climatic conditions to their advantage.
The story of Pha Keo
Like so many of the people who found employment at the Smiling Gecko Campus today, carpenter Pha Keo (25) began his life in the slums of Phnom Penh. We do everything we can to ensure that it doesn’t end there.
Here is Cambodia’s future
Our new Head of Communications was in Cambodia for the first time in his life to visit the Smiling Gecko Campus. He returned highly motivated and brought us this little report.
To cook: Mariya’s Recipe for Fish Amok
Fisch Amok ist das traditionelle Curry aus Kambodscha. Besonders fein ist es mit dem Rezept von Mariya. Wir wünschen «Guten Appetit».
The dark Khmer Red legacy
In contrast to some regions of Africa, Cambodia actually has significantly better conditions to operate an agricultural economy, for example, as we know it from the neighboring countries Thailand and Vietnam. So why is the country so poor and so backward? A look at the history books helps with the explanation.
Big for small patients
Medical and health care in Kampong Chhnang province is totally inadequate. There is no state or private offer that meets the need. With the “Smiling Gecko Medical and Dental Clinic” on campus, we have therefore established a way to improve this situation.
A Container of musik for Cambodia
A life without music? It’s probably hard for us to imagine. In Cambodia, however, this is the reality. The country’s recent history has meant that large sections of the younger generation grow up without the “natural” integration of music as a form of cultural expression. Widespread poverty and an inadequate school infrastructure also contribute to the lack of cultural expression. We think: This clearly has to change!
When frogs are the last hope
A poor country like Cambodia is particularly hard hit by the corona pandemic. In contrast to the industrialized nations, the state does not have the ability to protect people from the consequences. And as always, those who are least able to defend themselves are hit the hardest: the children! We report what the crisis means for them.