Where it All Began | Our Story
In 2013, our founder; Leon Pope travelled to Cambodia as part of Maroochydore State High School’s annual humanitarian project. Each year, senior students travel to Cambodia to participate in charitable activities whilst also gaining unforgettable memories and attaining lessons only real life experiences can teach.
After graduating High School in November 2013, Leon began desperately saving, where in the two years to follow, he would return four more times… and the rest is history.
Finally, on August 10, 2015; Leon withdrew from his university studies to pursue a dream of empowering and helping more people throughout the Kingdom of Wonder. Thus began Project Cambodia!
We spend a few years of establishing our identity working alongside a number of sustainable and genuine organisations to benefit those both at home, and those living in Cambodia.
2017 | Take Off
On February 1st 2017, Leon with the help of Ebony Baker, led Project Cambodia’s first team of volunteers on a 17 day tour of Cambodia to achieve three goals; discover, experience and improve. During this time, our team united to teach recycling workshops to students at the Kratié English School, build an elephant bath with the Elephant Valley Project and successfully complete a home with HUSK Cambodia.
In 2018, a team of six returned to Orussey Village and rebuilt Kratié English School (KES). This was an amazing transformation, and through the six week process we were lucky to meet and work with great people.
2018 | Project Cambodia HQ
Thanks to a business opportunity, Leon moved to Kratié in 2018 where he opened Tokae Restaurant & Guesthouse as a ‘HQ’ for Project Cambodia. Now we’re based on the ground, we’ve been able to do so much more for Cambodia
As of 2019, we’ve donated 5,905kg of rice to 194 families considered to be on the Level 1 Poverty scale across eight villages in rural Kratie.
Since being permanent in Cambodia, we’ve been lucky enough to team up with a number of individuals and local NGO’s including Mr Yuth’s Dolphin School of English to further promote making a positive impact in the community.
2019 | From the Ground Up
What a massive year! 2019 saw our first house prototype, more rice runs, and guess who came to visit? Fourteen students from Maroochydore State High School. We’re proud to announce we will be a part of their annual humanitarian project!
We will simply continue to do what we can to help our community, and the rest of Cambodia! Check out our Facebook Page to keep updated with what we’re working on!