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Tourism in Cambodia is on the upswing. Over 2.5 million tourists visited in 2010. SMP has created an outreach program which is currently being offered to select business and tourist organizations in Siem Reap.
Many foreigners who come to Cambodia are moved to give back to the people who have touched their lives -- a tour guide, tuktuk driver or the charity they've visited on a day tour. In cooperation with participating business, SMP makes giving easy; we offer different sized packets of up to 50 kilograms of Ibis Rice, delivered to a location in the Siem Reap area.
The business simply has the guest complete the form on the back of the brochure, collects the funds and gives SMP a shout (or email). We do the rest: pick up forms and cash, package and deliver the rice, and if the guest requests, take a photo of recipient(s) receiving the rice and send a thank-you email to donor with the digital photo attached. The donations will also be featured on the Ibis Rice facebook page.
We provide each establishment this poster [show poster], a small green ¼ kilo cloth sack of rice and brochures of the Ibis Rice project. It is expected that reputable businesses providing outreach opportunities to their guests, clients, or customers will not charge commissions.
This program offers rice at a higher price than found in local groceries to cover not just the normal costs but also includes a donation to SMP to help fund expansion of the wildlife friendly scheme to 5 more villages in 2011.
Here is a list of participating enterprises: Concert, Beyond Tour, Sojourn, The Villa Siem Reap, Hotel de la Paix, Victoria Resort & Spa, Mc Dermott Gallery, La Maison d'Angkor, Common Grounds Caf, About Asia Travel , Amansara, Soria Moria, La Residence d'Angkor, and more to come.
In Siem Reap, visit any of these businesses or come to the Sam Veasna Center to donate Ibis Rice to someone in need.
You can donate ride to any legitimate organization or family in the Siem Reap area. SMP will deliver the rice and send you an email with proof of delivery - a photo of the recipient with the rice you have given them. This will also be posted here and on the Ibis Rice Facebook page.