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National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2015
Kouk Khleang Youth Center is located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The youth center is operated by two Cambodian NGOs: Cambodian Volunteers for Society (CVS) and Khmer Kampuchea Krom for Human Rights and Development Association (KKKHRDA). CVS is a Cambodian non-governmental organization working with the youth in poor urban communities in Phnom Penh. Their mission is to provide opportunities for the youth to learn, get experience, and to unlock their potential in order to make positive contributions to the development of the Cambodian society. CVS organizes meetings for youth representatives from different communities once a month to discuss common issues and find ways to take action together. KKKHRDA is a human rights organization focusing on the rights of the Kampuchea Krom minority. These people are Vietnamese immigrants with Khmer background, to whom the organization offers legal aid as they often can't afford the official immigration process. In addition, KKKHRDA airs a radio program educating about human rights, manages the land around the site of the coming center and acts as the public representative for the surrounding poor urban community. The aim of the organizations is to provide the underprivileged Cambodian youth with possibilities for education, work and societal activities and the privileged youth with possibilities for voluntarism. Furthermore, environmentally sustainable building practices are promoted as well as the use of ecological materials suitable for the Cambodian culture and climate, especially bamboo: It is a beautiful natural material, but one that is little used in modern Cambodian buildings, partly due to attitudes that deem it a poor man’s timber and partly to lack of knowledge of how to use and treat it. An illustrated bamboo construction guide translated to the local language was produced and distributed to the contractor and his crew as well as local student groups during the project. Several workshops and lectures were also organized on site and in the local universities for students and professionals.
Our youth is growing into a new future that requires a new thinking in regard to a responsible use of our natural resources. This year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Cambodia provides the underprivileged Cambodian youth with possibilities for education, work and societal activities and the privileged youth with possibilities for voluntarism. Environmentally sustainable building practices are promoted as well as the use of ecological materials suitable for the Cambodian culture and climate, especially bamboo. Congratulations to your achievements!