Please help Babel Guesthouse survive COVID19

  • US$2,057.00
    raised of $10,000.00 goal
20% Funded
39 Donors

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BABEL Guesthouse still need HELP to survive COVID19!

Covid 19 closed down the Cambodian borders April 2020, and overnight Babel Guesthouse was empty.

About the same time the government decided to build a big road just outside Babel Guesthouse, and take 5 meters of our beautiful garden.

We were about to give up.

But with support from a fundraiser we could keep our staff and hire our Tuk Tuk drivers to tear everything down, and build it all up again.

It took a year to build it up to what it is today.

But this city is still empty.

Angkor Wat still has no tourists in sight.

Without tourists, the rooms at Babel are empty, and again our Tuk Tuk drivers have no jobs.

In fact, all our staff are at risk of loosing their jobs.

But YOU can help us through this!

Do a virtual check in at Babel. Spend the night in one of our beautiful rooms. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast prepared and served by our wonderful staff. Go with one of our Tuk Tuk drivers and explore the empty temple area, and get unique footage of magical temples - without tourists.

And this way you can help us get through this. So we are still here to welcome you when boarders open again!


THIS IS HOW IT WORKS:

All donations over 50 usd will be rewarded with a personalized video. We will special make a video just for you.

We will check you in and take you to your room.

You get to join us in the kitchen to see a meal being prepared for you, and you will get it "served" by our staff (who gets to eat it themselves).

You will get a day with one of our amazing Tuk Tuk drivers (who gets a job, hurray!). WE will join him to the temple area FOR you, and take unique footage of an empty Angkor Wat, and other exiting temples - without tourists!

We will put this all together in a video - just for you! It will be sent to you via WeTransfer on your email. And you can enjoy a little piece of Cambodia at your home, knowing that YOUR contribution is helping all of us in Babel Family!


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 donations over 500 kr will be rewarded with a personalized video).

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


Organizer

  • Katrine Solhaug
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  • Campaign Owner

Donors

  • Denise Flipo
  • Donated on Nov 26, 2021
  • Hi Katrine, your video inspired me to make another contribution! Babel is looking great xx

$50.00
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  • Katherina Christie
  • Donated on Nov 02, 2021
  • Wonderful work Team Babel! I have been enjoying watching all these lovely changes happening. Amazing!

$40.00
Nov 11

A Virtual Tour booked as a birthday present

Update posted by Katrine Solhaug at 03:30 pm

We got a very special booking of our virtual tours. This one is a birthday present to my Dad John-Daniel Solhaug from his friend, neighbor Rolv Bruun! It features our brand new pool area at Babel Guesthouse, but also our shop Babel Eco-shop and Refill Station, our nursery, our kids. . . . .

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Nov 11

Thank you Louise & Anne

Update posted by Katrine Solhaug at 02:40 pm

Here is one of the last videos we made from Phnom Penh. Don’t miss out - it features two of our favorite Eco-friendly projects Domlei and Farm to Table! This one is for Louise Simmons and Anne who actually were two of the first to book a virtual tour from. . . . .

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Oct 15

A special Virtual Tour in Phnom Penh

Update posted by Katrine Solhaug at 03:19 am

Here is a special video for Anne Pizey who right now is in quarantine in Phnom Penh, and booked a virtual tour in the city, since she can’t go outside herself! Featured in the video is Babel Guesthouse of course, the guesthouse where Anne stayed when she first visited Cambodia.. . . . .

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Oct 10

Our Virtual tour to Child-Friendly Phnom Penh

Update posted by Katrine Solhaug at 06:58 am

Our second virtual tour in Phnom Penh is to show you the Child friendly side of the city ♥️ Featured in this video is Penh. 278 and Penh. @ Coconut Park 🌿 And of course Babel Guesthouse and our new Eco-shop and Refill Station that we are about to set. . . . .

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Oct 06

First virtual tour video from Phnom Penh

Update posted by Katrine Solhaug at 04:11 pm

First virtual tour from Phnom Penh is ready! This one is for Vilde Opjordsmoen Fjæstad ♥️ Thank you SO MUCH for your booking! Featured in this video is Factory Phnom Penh and Odom Garden 🌿 And footage from Riverside, Toul Tom Poung area, Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort, Koh Pich,. . . . .

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Oct 04

Our Virtual Tours in Phnom Penh

Update posted by Katrine Solhaug at 02:47 pm

Because of total lockdown in Siem Reap, we were stuck in Phnom Penh! When we heard that the government decided to extend the lockdown for another 7 days, we started to make the virtual tours from Phnom Penh for now! Phnom Penh is such an exciting city with so much. . . . .

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Sep 30

First virtual tour video - Thank you John-Daniel Solhaug

Update posted by Katrine Solhaug at 01:42 pm

Here is the first video for John-Daniel Solhaug - who booked the first virtual stay with us at Babel! YOU can also get your own personal video - and help us be able to pay our staff and support our Tuk Tuk drivers, and help us get through another season

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Donors & Comments

39 donors
  • Denise Flipo
  • Donated on Nov 26, 2021
  • Hi Katrine, your video inspired me to make another contribution! Babel is looking great xx

$50.00
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  • Katherina Christie
  • Donated on Nov 02, 2021
  • Wonderful work Team Babel! I have been enjoying watching all these lovely changes happening. Amazing!

$40.00
  • Hildegard Wilsgård
  • Donated on Nov 01, 2021
$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 31, 2021
$40.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 23, 2021
$150.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 18, 2021
  • Good luck with it all

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  • Stephanie King
  • Donated on Oct 17, 2021
  • I loved staying with you in January 2020. Wishing you and all your staff the very best

$30.00
  • Denise Flipo
  • Donated on Oct 17, 2021
  • Good luck with your campaign! Babel is my favourite guesthouse in Siem Reap and the staff are wonderful.

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 13, 2021
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US$2,057.00
raised of $10,000.00 goal
20% Funded
39 Donors

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities