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Fighting human trafficking
WITH EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT
THIS IS WHAT WE DO
Touch Sala Bai (TSB) is a Singapore-based society and US non-profit organization, whose mission is to fight poverty and human trafficking through education and employment in hospitality. In pursuit of its mission, TSB exclusively supports the Sala Bai Hotel School of Siem Reap, Cambodia with funding, partnerships and expertise. Sala Bai is a model solution to alleviating poverty and its consequences. In 13 years, the School has graduated more than 1200 students (70% women, aged 18-22) from its free, 11-month training program and secured 100% employment at minimum 3 times previous annual household incomes. In 2014, Sala Bai broke ground on its new school, and training hotel and restaurant in Siem Reap. Completed in November 2015, the new school will increase student intake by 50% to 150 annually, while increasing sustainability to 50% of operating expenses through revenues earned by the training hotel and restaurant, and alumni association.
By supporting Touch Sala Bai, you are directly supporting the students of Sala Bai. And because Touch Sala Bai board members fund our organization’s operating expenses, you can have absolute confidence in knowing that 100% of all funds raised go directly to the Sala Bai Hotel School and its students.
JOIN US AT OUR EVENTS
You can make a difference
Participate in one of our upcoming events to play a part in fighting poverty and human trafficking with education and employment in hospitality. Our hearts fell in love with Sala Bai's students - and we're sure yours will too!
Official Opening of the New School
February 27th 2016
The new Sala Bai Hotel School opens on Saturday 27th February at an official ceremony followed by cocktails prepared by our students and two famous Michelin starred-chefs, Régis Marcon and Patrick Jeffroy. The new school offers improved training facilities including beauty therapy, and an enhanced guest experience. Sala Bai School is now located at Wat Svay Village, Tonle Sap Road in Siem Reap.
A Weekend to Discover and Alumni Dinner
31st March - 3rd April 2016
Join a Weekend to Discover Sala Baï and the annual Alumni Dinner to Witness firsthand how Sala Bai alleviates poverty by transforming young adults. Stay with Sala Bai partner Heritage Suites, a luxury boutique hotel or at the new Sala Bai Hotel School (based on availability), take a luxury long-tail boar cruise to the Mechrey, the floating village where many of Sala Bai’s students grew up, attend the Sala Bai Alumni Association dinner event and experience the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
For full itinerary, pricing options and booking requests your place, contact Sam firstname.lastname@example.org
Angkor Wat Half Marathon (AWHM)
December 5-7 2015
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Chain Reaction Project continues the fight against Human Trafficking
Spend the magic twilight hours getting to know the largest Hindu temple complex in the world, marathon style. Duck under ancient arches catch your breath in the shade of hundred year old banyan trees, and outrun the village kids on your spring to the finish line of the annual Angkor Wat Half-Marathon.
Visit vulnerable floating communities on the Tonlé Sap Lake and hear stories from the graduates of Sala Baï. Every year, Sala Baï, a Hotel and Restaurant School, takes 100 of the most impoverished young Cambodians through an 11-month hospitality training program – free of charge.
100% of Sala Baï graduates have obtained jobs in the hospitality industry – dramatically increasing their family’s economic independence and thereby breaking the cycle of Human Trafficking.
TCRP aims to raise SGD$20,000 in support of Sala Baï’s efforts to fight human trafficking through education and employment
MY STORY: Dinner and Auction Evening for Sala Bai
19th November 2015
Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa
Touch Sala Bai hosted a dinner and auction evening at the Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa to raise funds for Sala Baï Hotel School in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Over 240 guests enjoyed superb cocktails by Diageo, an excellent 4 course dinner prepared by some of Singapore’s leading chefs led by Chef Sandro from the Fullerton Hotel, and bid on lifestyle items to raise over S$60,000 for the school. A highlight of the evening was hearing directly from three Sala Baï graduates about their inspiring personal stories for how the programme has changed their lives. For over 13 years Sala Baï has educated 1200 young adults in 4 key disciplines of hospitality including front office; restaurant; housekeeping; cooking in a free 11 month training programme. 100% have been placed in employment. The average salary increases 4 times within 3-4 years. It’s a proven solution to poverty alleviation and trafficking for young adults especially women.
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14th August 2015 - 7pm
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Heritage Sala Baï Charity Dinner 2015
22 May 2015
Heritage Suites Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
On 22.05.15 Heritage Suites Hotel is proud to host its Annual Charity Gala Dinner to support the Sala Baï growth in student numbers.
Sala Baï was created by the French NGO “Agir Pour Le Cambodge” in October 2002 and is located in Siem Reap. Each year the school trains - free of charge - 100 young disadvantaged Cambodians. After twelve years of operation, more than 1100 Sala Baï students have been trained for careers in the hospitality industry, enabling them to achieve economic independence and improve the living conditions of their families.
Minh Chout has just graduated with the last intake in July 2014 confirms: “I come from a poor family of farmers, in the province of Siem Reap. Last year, I had the incredible opportunity to go and study at Sala Baï for one year of room service training. I cannot realize how much my life has changed in such a short period of time!
I am very proud of myself. I am working in a five-star hotel, I can speak English with clients coming from everywhere in the world. I make a living, I have learnt to manage my budget during my training and I am able to send money to my family. I became a model for my seven brothers and sisters. My parents don't have enough money to send them to school, so I really hope that thanks to me they will be able to go back to school, I am working hard for that!”
In a country, where the great majority of the population is still living under the poverty line or in a precarious situation and where the hospitality market desperately needs qualified workforce to support its booming growth, the School plans to increase the number of trained students each year up to 150 by 2017 and open a new training in Beauty and Care.
In that aim, next September, Sala Baï wishes to train not 100 but 108 students! 8 more young Cambodians who, like Minh Chout, carry the dream of a brighter future!
HELP US TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES, HELP US TO SPONSOR THEM.
And as any penny counts, what's matter is not how much but how many of us participate! On behalf of Heritage Suites Hotel, Sala Baï Staff and future students, THANK YOU!
A Weekend to Discover 2015
Easter weekend was a hot and wonderful ‘Weekend To Discover’ Sala Baï Hotel School and the famous Siem Reap in Cambodia
Sala Bai, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Hosted by the fabulous Sala Baï team of Claude, Mayelle and Caroline, a group of 9 adults and 4 children made their way to Siem Reap from as close as Singapore to as far afield as Florida.
The long weekend allowed us to make the most of the trip to witness firsthand how Sala Baï alleviates poverty by transforming the lived of young adults, learn how we can make a difference to those in need, and of course experience the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park, an UNESCO world heritage site.
After arriving (some of us dusty and tired) on Thursday and checking in at either the Sala Baï or at the Heritage Suites Hotel, we met up with old and new friends over drinks and jazz in the lovely Heritage Suites Hotel, followed by dinner.
On Friday we started the day early to experience the very special flag raising ceremony at Sala Baï, meet some of the students and learn more of the school, before hopping in a tuk tuk to walk the site of the very exciting new school development, just a short distance away. With spacious grounds, specially designed training facilities, student housing and great accommodation for guests, everyone was already planning their return visits, for the opening later this year.
The Alumni dinner later that evening was an absolute highlight! A fun, happy and joyful dinner with much laughter and dancing, the annual celebration brought together current and past students, many of whom pledged ongoing support to the school.
The following day, with sore feet from dancing, we explored the magnificent Angkor temples, while some hopped on the back of a vespa scooter to experience aspects of the extraordinary everyday life in the Cambodian countryside. An evening watching the outstanding performers of the Phare Cambodian Circus awed and thrilled everyone and was a fitting end to the trip.
The weekend to discover certainly thrilled the kids and the well-travelled, inspiring a passion for Sala Baï and its amazing and brave students and leaders and building unique friendships – all of which have already gone on long after takeoff
Cross Cambodia Journey
14 - 22 November 2013
You can still donate to the Cross Cambodia Journey, 2013 (one man’s pledge to support Sala Bai Hotel School) and make a difference to the lives of impoverished young people.
Help give them an education. Help give them employment. Help give them a future!
Read the daily Report from the Road
LEARN. BE INSPIRED. INSPIRE OTHERS. TAKE THE PLEDGE
Watch this short film by Persistent Productions and Scott A Woodward to see how one man has made a lifelong pledge to support Sala Bai Hotel School and help stop human trafficking before it starts.
Visit www.takethepledge.com and learn how you too can Take the Pledge. See our Gallery for more inspiration.
WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT US
Our efforts are focused on the development and growth of Sala Bai Hotel School, Siem Reap, Cambodia because:
Sala Bai is a solution. Sala Bai Hotel School represents a model solution to the consequences of abject poverty by providing free education and guaranteed employment with a priority given to young women.
Sala Bai is endorsed. Sala Bai Hotel School is endorsed by the former US Ambassador to Cambodia, Carol Rodley. The school has been audited by USAID and is audited anually by PWC.
Sala Bai is effective. Sala Bai Hotel School maintains an impressive track record: in ten years of operation over 1000 students have successfully completed training and 100% employed within 3 months of graduation with starting salaries on average more than three times total household income.
Sala Bai is efficient. 100% of donations go directly to the provision of education and its enablers, including all educational material, student housing (food, accommodation and facilities) and pedal bikes for transport between student housing and the school.
Sala Bai is small. Sala Bai Hotel School maintains an all-inclusive annual operating budget of only US$300k – your contribution can have a major immediate impact.
Sala Bai is focused on sustainability. Sala Bai Hotel School continues to generate more income year-on-year from operating its own 50 seat training restaurant and 4 room training hotel: 15% budget coverage in 2010, 20% in 2011, 30% in 2012 with a target of 50% by 2016.
SALA BAI STORIES
This is what inspires us
On his trip to document Sam McGoun's cross-Cambodian triathlon, SanDisk Extreme Team member Scott Woodward gave himself a photography challenge: take 10 rapid-succession photos every hour on the hour.
Samdan Village, Cambodia
My name is HOV Socheat, I am 18 and a Cook student at Sala Baï
I am from Samdan village, Peaksnang Commune, Angkor Thom district, Siem Reap Province, actually at 2 hours and a half bicycle from Siem Reap!
My father left us when I was still a baby. My mother went to stay with her parents. My grand-mother died when I was 3 and my mother re-married when I was ten. She left me to live alone with my grand-father who is now 77, poor and sick.
Because of his poverty, my grand-father was not able to support me. My aunt, my mother’s sister supported the fees for primary school and would bring food to us.
Then I attended Angkor Thom High School run by the NGO Hope and Life. We were more than 200 students to be supported with schooling, breakfast and lunch every day for 7th till 9th grade. I finished 9th grade.
To bring a little money home, I would miss school and work as a day-worker to grow potatoes and dig them up and plant or harvest rice. I would make 9000 riels a day. Quite a nice amount because we worked as a team for the potatoes. The more we would dig up, the more we would be paid.
It is not always easy to live with my grand-father but he is nice. I see my mother sometimes, I have three half sisters that I see sometimes as well but they all live in another village.
My life is so different here at Sala Baï. No one has ever paid attention to me at home. Here I have many friends and all the teachers look after me.
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