Smiling Gecko Campus
YEAR END REVIEW 2021
Dear friends of Smiling Gecko
The second Corona year is coming to an end and hereby, we would like to give you a short review of the past year with us in Cambodia. Unfortunately, the situation in Cambodia has not improved. Quite the opposite – last year in 2020, there were only a few officially confirmed Corona cases while in 2021, there were 120’000 cases and 2’900 deaths by the end of November. And these are only the officially confirmed cases. The number of unreported cases is much higher, especially among the poor rural population.
And the longer the pandemic last, the worse are the catastrophic economic consequences for the poorest of the poor in the Cambodian population. The closure of textile factories, the lack of tourism and the closed schools have had dramatic consequences for the population and more and more people are suffering from hunger and urgently need support. The situation is especially critical in the surroundings of our project in the rural areas. Only a few of the farming families can survive on their own efforts. Help is urgently needed at all levels. We regularly support with food, medicine and also with financial contributions, so that the families can pay their microcredit interest.
We are very happy that Smiling Gecko is able to provide this vital help, also in 2021, thanks to your great support and solidarity. For this I would like to thank you on behalf of Smiling Gecko and the children and families in Cambodia.
Founder of Smiling Gecko
The restrictions were constantly changing and so it was difficult to make decisions. For example, one did not know how, where to meet and with how many people. In the markets, which were actually closed, thousands and thousands of people bought much needed food without distancing and masks. The government closed entire provinces from one minute to the next.
SGC HISF I Education Campus
Smiling Gecko Cambodia Medical and Dental Clinic
Smiling Gecko continues to follow a philosophy of profitability and sustainability. We firmly believe that in the long run, only education and sustainable employment of the population will lead to overcoming hunger and poverty.
But for now, the priority is to provide for the rural population in need. Our first priority now is to ensure people’s survival and maintain their livelihoods so they don’t move to the cities and end up in the slums and garbage dumps. Humanitarian aid means enormous organizational and financial efforts for us, which we will continue as long as necessary.
We have experienced a broad wave of solidarity and support since the beginning of the pandemic. Your commitment and your donations have helped us significantly to survive this difficult year and to prevent the worst for the many farming families. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we hope that you will continue to support us in overcoming this severe crisis and its consequences in Cambodia.
Best regards and take good care of yourselves.
Your Smiling Gecko Team