Solar for Schools
Here at Torch Tours we are actively fundraising to provide solar and clean energy initiatives throughout the Kingdom.
When we came across this project it had already been built, however, they had only 3 small solar panels to power the entire school, the living space for the staff and the sleeping quarters for the volunteers.
Thank you to Richard Mancini for the photo's and video!
How Torch Tours Helps
The problem was that 3 solar panels were only capable of creating enough power to run some lights and charge mobile phones at night, provided there was enough power generated in the daytime.
Torch Tours provided them with a local Solar Expert who recommended they upgrade to 6 solar panels, use more batteries to store the power for the evenings and on cloudy days, and also get a better inverter. Which is where our donation money went.
Providing Clean, Safe Drinking Water
Water for Cambodia
Torch Tours helps to provide clean sustainable drinking water via Water for Cambodia through the province of Siem Reap
Their idea is to supply biosand water filters into remote areas of Cambodia and run education programs in the villages where the filters are installed to help promote literacy and hygiene and stop water-borne diseases.
More than a third of Cambodians lack access to safe drinking water, leading to poor levels of sanitation and hygiene and high rates of water-borne disease, according to a statement from Unicef.
Young children are especially vulnerable to waterborne diseases. One biosand filter can supply an entire village with safe, clean drinking water provided that the equipment is properly maintained.
Funding Reforestation Initiatives
Torch Tours help combat deforestation in Cambodia by planting trees.
Last year we planted over 2000 trees, but with more donations and more money we want to increase this incrementally.
We are currently working on setting up a volunteers tree planting initiative for foreign workers, more details on this to follow!
The Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The effects of deforestation and subsequent flooding can be seen from space on ordinary satellite images.
Cambodia is one of the world's most forest endowed countries that has not yet been drastically deforested. However, massive deforestation for economic development threatens its forests and ecosystems. The country has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, third only to Nigeria and Vietnam, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization - Wikipedia
Supporting Litter Pollution Cleanup Projects
Litter pollution, especially plastic, is a global problem that the word is only just beginning to comprehend. The problem is that plastic does not break biodegrade over time, and so all of the plastic ever made is still in existence.
Over long periods of time, plastic does break into smaller pieces/particles, which means that marine life, fish and birds have these particles in their stomachs, and therefore, in the food chain.
This means many species are choking or being poisoned by the effects of eating the debris humans are creating and then humans are eating the poisoned seafood.
The main problem in Cambodia is the lack of education and infrastructure