A PASSION FOR PROGRESS

Programmes

OUR PROGRAMMES

The Song Saa Foundation champions community and environment through programmes that preserve the natural environment and improve the welfare of local communities. These programmes can be divided into water, people and land.

WATER

The foundation is committed to the protection of ocean habitats and the preservation of marine life – from fish and invertebrates to coastal birds – in the Koh Rong Archipelago and all along Cambodia's coastline. Our projects include the support of community fisheries, a coral nursery and a tropical marine conservation programme. We also have programmes in place for the conservation of sea turtles, mangroves and Cambodia’s rare sea grass meadows.

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PEOPLE

The Song Saa Foundation strives to improve the lives of local communities through a broad range of initiatives, including medical missions, education programmes and organic farming support. We look to sustain social and economic development within the community through sericulture enterprises in Prek Svay and employment opportunities at our private island resort, while the Boat of Hope provides much-needed medical care provided through our outreach clinics and our annual International Medical Relief mission. The latter brings up to USD 1 million in medical supplies to the region along with 40 US based doctors every year.

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LAND

Land-based initiatives by the Song Saa Foundation cover the conservation of terrestrial habitats and species in the Koh Rong Archipelago. We have protection and restoration programmes in place for mangroves and rainforest systems and an on-going solid waste management project in Prek Svay in Koh Rong that we wish to expand to three other communities on the island. Our waste management programme involves recycling and composting, helping keep Prek Svay clean and allowing local villagers to be proud of their community.

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CLIMATE ACTION

Climate change has had a very real impact on the communities of the Koh Rong Archipelago. Prolonged dry seasons have meant shorter monsoons and a lack of fresh water, while higher ocean temperatures are threatening the health of marine ecosystems.

Over the next five years we plan to build upon our existing work with the Asian Development Bank and implement water catchment systems, establish a long-term coral nursery and plant 5,000 more mangrove saplings.

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SCIENCE & RESEARCH