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In Cambodia, education is the difference between a life of prosperity and a life-sentence of abject poverty, exploitation and even slavery.

Restore One Cafe || Restore One Primary & High School || Houses for families || Micro-businesses

Cafe & Training Centre

Restore One Cafe - street view

Street 123, Number 23, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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If you are a poor, uneducated young person, a life of dignity, safety and security is hard to find. Many end up in forced labour or slavery as the only way to pay their debts and make a living. 

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This cycle of poverty can affect generations of people to come, unless action is taken.

The Restore One Cafe serves wonderful fresh food, and is located in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia! But our purpose is far greater than that.

The cafe is a training ground for young people at risk.

A 12-month traineeship at the cafe equips them for a successful career in the booming hospitality and tourism industry. These skills include:

  • Customer service
  • Waitressing
  • Food preparation
  • Coffee making
  • Cash handling
  • A working knowledge of the English language, to maximise employment potential.

We are proud to be running a first-rate cafe that not only satisfies our customers, but changes lives in the process.

 

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Primary School

Primary School

Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia
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In the West, we take quality schooling for granted. In Cambodia, education is the difference between a life of prosperity and a life-sentence of abject poverty, exploitation, and even slavery.

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We are developing a village school in the Kampong Thom Province that has experienced a number of challenges over the years.

These include:

  • Malnourished students
  • Cramped classroom conditions
  • A general lack of resources
  • Teachers who show up as little as two days a week, because they are unable to afford transport.

In partnership with Cambodia's Department of Education, Restore One is working to address these issues and turn the school into a pillar of the local community.

We have already constructed four additional classrooms, to provide a more comfortable learning space and to expand our reach into the local community. As at June 2017, we have added a pre school and together with the primary school teach over 300 local students!

We have committed to:

  • Teaching the children how to grow their own food through agriculture classes.
  • Raising the wages of the teachers to a level that allows them to live with dignity and afford transport to work.
  • Bringing professional teachers from Australia, to conduct professional development courses for the local teachers.
  • Providing English language classes for the students, which maximise employment opportunities in adulthood.
  • Positioning the school as a focal point for the local community, with life-skills classes for adults, in areas such as quality parenting and health/hygiene principles.

With the help of the government, the local community and our generous supporters, we believe that we can make this school the very best in the area.

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Secondary School

Secondary School students and teachers and schoolies team

Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia
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In November 2016 we opened the Restore One Secondary School. The children learn the standard Khmer curriculum, but learn English as well. Here they will obtain the skills needed to get a good job. 

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2017 brought about the opening of a computer lab where all students learn the skills needed in the work place. One of our biggest expenses is teachers' wages. The wages are approximately AUS$500/month. If you would like to contribute just go to our Donate page.

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PreSchool

Restore One PreSchool
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Why a Preschool? The primary aged children often care for the little siblings while Mum and Dad are working in the fields.

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Some of the little buttons were even coming to school with their older siblings. Restore One opened the preschool November 2016 to be a safe place for the little ones that was not disruptive to primary education. Along with a fun safe place, it is a place to learn hygiene and social skills ready for “big school”. There is a great habit formed for school attendance rather than work. Local villagers help to run the preschool and part of our goal is to up-skill the teachers. If you’re an early childhood teacher and would like the opportunity to partner with us, contact Tanya

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Houses for families

House being built

Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia
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Our most successful project so far has been the funding and construction of houses for poor rural families.

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Cambodia's monsoon season brings brutal rainstorms and flooding, so protection from the elements is an especially serious issue.

In consultation with the local people, we have developed a design that is both simple and highly effective. The houses are made with a cost-effective yet reliable combination of bamboo and timber. They are also raised on stilts to avoid flooding.

The houses are constructed as a collaboration between Restore One volunteers and local labour, to create the added benefit of employment and income for local trades people.

This project has changed the lives of many vulnerable families, and there are always more to help.

Accountability is key. A family is given a house on the condition that they maintain it as a positive, uplifting environment for their children. Upon receipt of a new house, the parents sign a contract whereby they commit to:

  • Keeping the house in a reasonable state of order and care.
  • Using income responsibly, to provide for their children.
  • Sending their children to school.

This agreement ensures that the time and money spent constructing a house is put to good use for responsible families.

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Agriculture

Food for Life
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Each student who attends the Restore One school has the privilege of learning how to plant and grow food.

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When Restore One began working in the country side we discovered a lot of children were malnourished. As a long term treatment land was purchased where different fruit and vegetables would be grown. The goal was to teach the children and they in turn would teach their parents. It is really exciting to see a lot of homes now growing food to supplement their daily nutritional needs. Some of the produce that can be currently seen are: mango trees, paw paw trees, banana trees, corn, eggplant, sweet potato, passionfruit, lemongrass, various herbs and flowers.

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Soap Project

Restore One Soap

Micro-business and life skills training
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When we started working in the village we noticed a lot of skin problems. As well as this we wanted an incentive for school attendance.

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Some dedicated volunteers have established a soap making project in the village where 3 women produce wonderful soap from coconut oil, olive oil and essential lemon grass or essential cinnamon oil. Not only has there been a huge reduction in the skin diseases but 3 women earn a salary.

To keep this going we sell the soap in Australia for $5 a bar. This can be purchased through our website. If you would like to contribute just go to our Donate page.

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Jewellery Project

Micro-business and life skills training
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January 2017 saw the first electric rice cutters come to the village, which means that the basic source of income for many families has gone.

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We also understand that a mum generally has the best interests of her children in her heart. One of the initial small businesses to be set up was bracelet making. These bracelets are bringing in money for essential living such as food and clothing. You can purchase these through our shop.

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Christmas Decorations

Hearts from Cambodia

Life skills training
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This is as a direct alternative to young girls working in Phnom Penh over the school holidays (where the risk of abuse is high).

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During the September school holiday period the girls can earn a small wage with a job in the village.

2016 saw the girls make over 1500 hearts that were brought back to Australia and sold. September 2017 will see them making stars in their school holidays, and these can be purchased through Facebook or our website shop.

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Restore Rose

Restore Rose menstrual cup

Menstrual Cups
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These menstruation cups are made from 100% medical grade silicon and will last for 10 years, which is great for the environment.

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This means there is no rubbish, and also there are no dangerous bleaches. These cups have provided women in Cambodia financial freedom when it comes to purchasing menstruation products (very important when basic salaries are going to food).

Restore One has issued over 12,000 of these cups with a big success of 90% uptake.  They are sold on our website shop to ladies in Australia as well which keeps the project going. 

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Sewing Project

Sewing Project

Micro-business and life skills training
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We currently have 10 women with sewing machines who work from home while looking after their children or grandchildren.

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We have tiled the floor in the houses of all these ladies, so it is easy for them to keep the products clean.

Currently all of our beautiful tote bags and other sewed products are made by them. Not only do they earn fair wages but profits from the sales keep Restore One going. These products can be purchased through our website shop.

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Thai-Myanmar Border

Water! on the Thai-Myanmar border

Water for the Karen people
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In 2013 Restore One began working with the Karen, an ethnic group of 5 million people living on the border of Thailand and Myanmar.

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Approximately 400,000 Karen people are without housing, and 128,000 are living in camps on the Thai-Myanmar boarder. Restore One works on the Myanmar side of the border in dedicated safe havens, where they can live relatively safely, but the conditions are poor.

In 2013, a team from Australia came to construct a water tank for a village. Before this was built the locals would travel around 3km to the river to collect water. The tank is fed by the monsoon rains and has the capacity to provide water for the whole community during the dry season.

Again, in 2016, a group from Australia came to build another water tank, this time in a different village. We have built housing for families, toilet facilities and a medical clinic to provide medical aid to the local community.

Partnering with another NGO, the Education Opportunity Foundation, we provide opportunity for remote village children to go to school via two Primary Schools that have been established. The work is constantly ongoing to improve the lives of the people there. In the future we will build more housing for families, improve the primary school, add extra classrooms and facilities and possibly construct a secondary school.

 

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