Non-Profit Cafe – Siem Reap – Cambodia
Down a little alley nestled in the heart of Siem Reap, lies a beautifully simple concept:
“Pay what you want, pay it forward
BAMBOO is not your average tour company – FACT! We strive to be different, to be interesting, to be amaze–balls in everything that we do! This is no clearer than in our very own coffee shop located in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
A lot of world–changing ideas are born with coffee in hand. Fat Panda's is one of those. Steve, Mark and Colin, sat chatting over a hot java and decided one day "....let's open a non–profit cafe where 100% of proceeds received are donated to local, national and international projects...."
Fat Panda's, where everything is effectively FREE, was born! Everything on the menu reads $0.00. You pay what you want and 100% of the proceeds are donated to our 'Project of the Month' – details of which you can find in the café.
Here are two of the lucky recipients:
Sunrise New Hope Cambodia
And here's how to find Fat Panda's:
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FAT PANDAS DECEMBER 2017
December is HERE! Can you hear the sleigh bells?
It's been a crazy year at Fat Panda's, but the our job never stops. The Panda doesn't take a vacation from what he enjoys doing most: giving back
This month, we are raising money for SAFE Waters Cambodia, an organization that is teaching life saving water safety skills to local children
It’s a tragic reality that drowning is the leading cause of death among children in Cambodia. Many young children live, work and play around flooded rice paddies, rivers and lakes where accidents happen and in most cases they do not have the skills to save themselves.
The mission of SAFE Waters Cambodia is to give free swimming lessons to children from rural communities, as well as life saving skills, so that they can safely help others. They are currently offering these lessons thanks to the generosity of some of Siem Reap’s hotels and hostels, but dream of having their own pool that allows them more flexibility and privacy. Through the help of volunteer qualified swim instructors and lifeguards they are hoping to #stopthedrowning.
To learn more about them, please visit their website: https://www.safewaterscambodia.org/
FAT PANDAS NOVEMBER 2017
Hey Panda Fans!
November was a month with a difference! Not only did we raise money for the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) through yummy drinks , we also did it with sweat! We got a stellar team together and participated in the Get Active Weekend, either cycling or running around the temples.
Fat Panda's Café was able to raise $1,160 thanks to our very generous customers. That amount, combined with the online donations from our #BamFam worldwide, helped us reach a whopping total of $5,820!
AHC is a hospital in the heart of Siem Reap that offers free medical treatment to any child that comes to its doors. With world class health care led by an almost entirely local staff, this hospital is a bright light for the future of Cambodia.
We are absolutely thrilled to be able to hand over this money to the Angkor Hospital for Children and do our part to help the children of Cambodia
Thank you once again to our amazing Bamboo family, we couldn't do it without you!
To learn more about them, please visit their website: http://angkorhospital.org/
FAT PANDAS OCTOBER 2017
We were lucky enough to have Phoungmaly herself come by Fat Panda's. She is the director of Rachna Satrei and on the committee for various NGOs in Siem Reap. Rachna Satrei is a locally run, grassroots NGO that works to empower women, children and the disabled in Siem Reap. They strive to reduce all forms of violence and discrimination against them and promote their rights within the community
Their main goal is to improve quality of life, reduce poverty and enhance integration through community development projects, advocacy work, networking, training programs and increasing participation in addressing gender equality
It was our great pleasure to present the organisation with the money that was raised over the month: a record breaking $1,035
We are so happy that our Fat Panda family care so much about empowering women in Siem Reap. We'd like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by the café last month
Let's keep these record breaking months going!
Love & good coffee,
To learn more about them, please visit their website: http://rachnasatrei.wixsite.com/rachnasatrei
FAT PANDAS SEPTEMBER 2017
Almost the entire The Lake Clinic Cambodia team dropped by Fat Panda's café this morning and we were so happy to welcome them! We raised an incredible $677.95 for this amazing NGO TLC have built 5 floating clinics that offer care to anyone in the community, free of charge. Their two teams of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health policy experts make the trip every week for three days. They stay at one of the clinics and also do outreach programs in other communities. They also do regular health assessments at the floating schools to see the progress of the children and find any health problems or development issues that might be happening
Many families who live in these villages have a steady diet of fish and rice. Unfortunately, the absence of vegetables can take a huge toll on their health and development. As a means of countering this, TLC has helped families build their own floating gardens in order to provide them with healthier supplements
The work TLC is doing for these often forgotten villages is absolutely brilliant, and we were proud to be partner with them!
September was a incredible month and it was all thanks to YOU! We were blown away by the generosity of our BamFam, and thanks to your donations TLC will be able to be able to organise training retreats that they otherwise wouldn't have had the money for.
Thank you BamFam & thank you TLC for what you do for the community
Have a great weekend!
To learn more about them, please visit their website: http://www.lakeclinic.org/
Fat Pandas August 2017
During the month of August, the café is proudly collaborating with XLability from Soulcialtravel.
Their aim is to increase inclusiveness and the confidence of people with disabilities through a very special sports program. This time, they'll bring together teams from three different countries (France, India and Cambodia) to teach each other techniques and empower all of them. If you have never seen a game of wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis or wheelchair rugby, definitely check it out! These players are amazing🏆!
The folks over at XLability are currently working on renovating and making improvements on a sports center in Siem Reap that can be used for training and competitions. We can't wait to go and cheer them on!
Last, but definitely not least, these guys also have an educational program they've been offering to schools, businesses and organizations to help the general population realize how difficult certain things that we take for granted are for someone with a disability, and how easy it can be to reach out and make a difference.
Fat Pandas July 2017
In keeping with the Plastic Free July theme, this month Fat Panda's is raising money for an incredible Siem Reap based environmental non-profit called Naga Earth!
These guys do some amazing projects, some of which include recycling paper & plastic and turning used cooking oil into clean burning biodiesel and hygienic soap.
Naga Earth have two ongoing recycling projects, and are building a machine that will melt plastic down so that it can be remolded into new products as well as a a press that can turn plastic bags into tarps and umbrellas. These will be subsidised and sold to local families who will then turn "rubbish" into income generating items. It's a win-win situation that will clean up the country and create jobs ♻!
Stop by the café this month to support all of Naga Earth's projects! And, remember kids: #plasticisrubbish!
Check them out on their website www.nagaearth.com.
Fat Pandas June 2017
For the month of June, Fat Panda's cafe is raising money for our furry little friends! There is an amazing initiative being led by locals and expats in Siem Reap to set up an Emergency Animal Service. If an animal is injured or ill, there will be a team to be able to help them at no cost to whoever found and brought in the poor critter. A lot of the unwanted dogs and cots end up at pagodas as some people believe that the monks will take care of them. While they have big hearts, there budgets and veterinary knowledge aren't the biggest. There is a group of volunteers and an amazing vet who go out everyday to over a dozen pagodas to feed, give rabies shots, spay and neuter and give medical attention to these gorgeous creatures. We are so happy to raise money this month to go towards food, medication, rabies vaccines and the be able to pay Dr Thy Buntha for the amazing work that he is doing in addition to his extremely busy practise.
Please join us with the goal of setting up an emergency fund and an emergency team so that we can eventually be able to help any animal that needs it.
If you are not swinging by Siem Reap or Fat Panda's, you can donate directly to their fund here: http://animal-emergency-siem-reap.weebly.com/
Fat Pandas May 2017
In the month of May, Fat Panda's Café raised a whopping $1,018.70 from our generous customers towards an amazing start up: Full Belly Farm - Siem Reap This initiative is being set up to become a fully operational, organic farm. That's cool in its own right, but what makes it even more epic is that it'll serve as a home, workshop, kitchen and training centre for some amazing superstars with disabilities. They will be able to live on-site in comfortable homes that are wheelchair accessible, send their children to school, make a sustainable living for themselves and get fresh, clean, healthy fruit and vegetables to eat.
Something incredible is happening here & we are so happy to contribute to their being able to get it all started!
If you would like to contribute from home, you can donate through this link: https://www.chuffed.org/project/full-belly-farm