BABEL Guesthouse need HELP to survive COVID19!
Angkor Wat is the reason we first came to Cambodia and also the main reason we are still here after more than 12 years. Walking around all alone in this majestic complex is stunning but at the same time it is heart breaking. Sadly it is also breaking down the local economy.
We are now into our third month of no visiting guests. We have gone to great lengths to cut our costs but with no end in sight we now feel we have no choice but to reach out for help to make it through this crisis.
All staff are now on reduced working hours and the Tuk Tuk drivers are all staying home as business is down to nothing. They all have families to support, and in many cases their income is the only one in the household as so many has lost their job because of the outbreak. To make it worse some have bank loans they need to pay back and are really starting to struggle to make ends meet.
We are so many people who are dependent on Babels survival. We are determined to make it through this crisis, but we need help!
We know we are not alone in this difficult time as so many around the world struggle the consequences of COVID19. We highly appreciate all donations, big or small, or if you can share this fundraising on social media to extend the outreach. Every dollar counts to help those who have no safety net what so ever.
You can donate via PayPal or debit/credit card directly through this site.
For those in Norway preferring to use Vipps, you can send your donations to John Daniel Solhaug 92244988
All funds raised will go towards securing a steady income for our staff and drivers in this difficult times and make sure Babel once again will be ready to welcome guests coming to explore the magic of Angkor Wat.
If you came across this and never heard of Babel Guesthouse before, here is our background story:
Babel Guesthouse is owned by the Norwegian couple Katrine and Simen who have been back and forth to Cambodia since 2007. They have a strong passion for Responsible Tourism, and have always run Babel Guesthouse with an active focus on giving back to the local society.
“We only hire local Staff and Tuk Tuk drivers who receive good working conditions, plenty of training, on site English lessons and the possibility to be sponsored with higher education trough Babel Education Program. We work together with several organizations and like-minded businesses to support the local community and protect the environment, and we try our best to pass on our knowledge to our guests so that their visit can benefit the local community.
We constantly seek ways to become more Eco-friendly. We use Bamboo straws in our restaurant, we use biodegradable rubbish bags in the rooms, we don’t sell plastic bottles and we offer free water for refill. We donate our used cooking oil to make it into biodiesel. And we buy it back and use it in our generator. We have implemented many initiatives over the years, you can read more here: https://www.babelsiemreap.com/environmental-initiatives
In 2018 we brought our concept to another level by opening up Cambodia's first Zero Waste Bulk store – Babel Eco-Shop and Refill Station. Our vision with our Eco-shop is to make it easier for travelers who wish to reduce their traveling footprint to choose plastic free alternatives. In our Eco-shop you´ll find various items perfect to bring on your travels or for your home. Everything is Eco-friendly and locally made – creating jobs!
We were a bit “sick and tired” of guests complaining about all the plastic pollution they see in Cambodia, claiming that the locals need more education. And at the same time they come back from the night marked with their hands full of plastic bags, plastic bottles and other unnecessary single use plastic items. We wanted the traveler to see that its time for THEM to see that they can actually do something themselves. There are so many options for you to use less plastic while traveling, and in your daily life. And it is really not that hard. We all just have to start thinking differently and change our habits.It surprised us to see how quickly our shop became popular. We have learned that people WILL choose Eco-friendly if it is available for them. It is very motivating to see that people are willing to change their habits, people are willing to learn and people are positive to change. If we want a future on our planet, we have to do things differently.
To continue all this work - we need your help!"
Katrine and Simen