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A Weekend to Discover 2017
May 25-28 2017
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Get away with us for a Weekend to Discover Sala Baï and Siem Reap, Cambodia. This weekend will allow you to witness firsthand how Sala Bai alleviates poverty by transforming young adults. On the last evening, join a fundraising dinner hosted by Chef Joannès Rivière of Cuisine Wat Damnak to benefit Sala Baï students.
For full itinerary, pricing options and reserving your place, please contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org
MY STORY II: Dinner & Auction Evening for Sala Bai
24th February 2017
Sofitel Sentosa Singapore 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 welcome reception, an excellent 4 course dinner prepared by Chef Joannès Rivière of Cuisine Wat Damnak and some of Singapore’s leading chefs led by Chef Sandro from the Fullerton Hotel, and bid on Lifestyle and F&B items to raise a total of S$65,300 for the construction of new student dormitories.
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. In 14 years, Sala Baï has educated 1300 young adults in 4 key disciplines of hospitality including front office, restaurant, housekeeping,
cooking, including beauty therapy which was launched in 2015. This 11 month training program has been a proven formula with 100% employment rate within 3 months upon graduation. 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.
Official Opening of the New School
February 27th 2016
The new Sala Bai Hotel School opened 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
A Weekend to Discover Sala Baï and the annual Alumni Dinner were organised for Sala Bai's support network to witness firsthand how Sala Bai alleviates poverty by transforming young adults. Accommodation at Sala Bai's partner, Heritage Suites and Sala Bai Hotel School were the suggested options for this 4D3N experience. The itinerary included a luxury long-tail boar cruise to the Mechrey, the floating village where many of Sala Bai’s students grew up, a the Sala Bai Alumni Association dinner event and a tour of the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Angkor Wat Half Marathon (AWHM)
December 5-7 2015
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Chain Reaction Project continued the fight against Human Trafficking by returning to the ancient city of Angkor and crossing the finishing line of the annual Angkor Wat Half-Marathon!
With an aim to raise SGD$20,000 in support of Sala Baï’s efforts to fight human trafficking through education and employment, TCRP did a terrific job by going beyond and raised an incredible SGD27,530. Because of their effort, 45 lives had been changed forever.
The catalysts also had a chance to 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 108 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.
MY STORY: Dinner and Auction Evening for
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
Bitters and Love, 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore
Heritage Sala Baï Charity Dinner 2015
22 May 2015
Heritage Suites Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Heritage Suites Hotel hosted 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 12 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 had just graduated with the last intake in July 2014 confirmed: “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!” he added.
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 2018 and open a new training in Beauty Therapy.
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 CHANGE THEIR LIVES, HELP US 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!
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