In July of 2019, we conducted our first overseas Community Mural at Aranh Sakor CFC High School, Siem Reap, Cambodia with Caring for Cambodia (CFC). We painted with students from Tanglin Trust School and Aranh Sakor CFC High School. The design of the mural encourages the students there to reflect and act upon the ongoing environmental issues in Cambodia. This project was one of the 4 non-profit/social impact projects we conduct every year. We have been reinvesting our profits to support and organise them for the past 5 years.
Initially, we were asked to auction paintings of ours to fund the projects and initiatives for CFC. But as a collective, we felt that we are able to do better by sharing our mural painting expertise, which is not a skill that every artist has, to the world. This project was a crucial step towards utilising the arts to create a positive change in society. It not only serves as a platform for students to hone their creativity and have fun but also plays an intrinsic role in healing the trauma caused by the tragic circumstances of Cambodia’s past. Additionally, collective participation in the arts through this initiative has the ability to encourage the establishment of stronger relationships and a shared sense of togetherness and achievement.
Who is Caring for Cambodia?
Caring for Cambodia (CFC) is a non-profit, non-governmental, charitable organisation that ensures a high-quality education for 6,600 children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
They aim to improve educational services and keep students in school and improve their educational outcomes. CFC strives to make sure that every Cambodian child attends school from preschool to 12th grade, and to graduate with the skills required for higher education or for obtaining meaningful employment.
Ultimately, CFC is removing barriers to learning. Their schools are safe, modern and technologically equipped. They train their teachers, provide clean and child-friendly classrooms, and provide essentials for their health and welfare. They build Cambodian leadership to guide and sustain the schools so that generations of CFC graduates can reach their highest potential and make valuable contributions to their community.
For more information on the work of Caring for Cambodia, please see: http://caringforcambodia.org
Why does this matter?
Cambodia has suffered enough. It is a country that is deeply scarred by mass genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 – 1979, a tragedy that killed an estimated 1.7 million people. The country’s educated class and its professionals were targeted in the genocide, leaving the nation and future generations to survive and rebuild from the ground up. CFC is educating a generation of Cambodian children today, to make a difference for Cambodia’s tomorrow.
We have facilitated many Social Impact, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community mural projects locally. Therefore, this project was a huge and important step for us to be able to benefit other communities on an international level by doing what we do. Even though we are a small independent organisation operating without any support from the government or patrons, we dare to make conscious choices to help in any form that we can. By doing that, we can make a change in the world through creating art that acts as a tool to raise awareness, build communication and encourage critical dialogue on important social and global issues.