From our beginning The RiverGarden has undertaken to act in a socially responsible way within the hotel and local community.
General rubbish is an ongoing problem in Siem Reap.
The Siem Reap river is a testiment to the levels of pollution that can accumulate even though there are efforts to control it. The RiverGarden, supported by the local rubbish collection agency with the provision of several large rubbish bins regularly collect rubbish from the streets with various cleanup projects.
The children's English and dance classes held at the local pagoda (Wat) offer free admission to any child who can bring along 5 kilos of rubbish to any class.
The difference in our street alone has been astounding and it has
been heartening to see other hotels copying our great idea for their local communities.
Why burn when you can compost?
Our kitchen and gardening compost, something not widely done here, has created a sensation. Not only are the gardeners getting great rich fertile soil for the gardens, but we have reduced the amount of waste being picked up by over half and continue to educate the young people who work for us through direct action, showing them that there are alternatives, different ways of doing things, that can benefit everyone. Our chooks and ducks give us eggs and manure for our compost.
We are very lucky to have Mr Yorn a Buddhist monk from the local pagoda and some of his students come and give daily morning blessings to staff and any guests who wish to participate.
The Tin Shed Project - Sewing Lady
The Tin Shed, now demolished by local government, gave a local sewing lady the opportunity to create a small road side business for herself and her family. This thriving local sewing business now located on the road frontage next to our Reception area continues to provide the staff from The RiverGarden with uniforms, mending or sewing services that are all excellent workmanship.