About Kamboo Project


Cambodians work together to meet the basic needs of children.

Mission Statement

We combine donations and voluntary work with a dedicated team in Cambodia to help children learn in a safe environment. We leverage our extensive knowledge of local needs and build effective collaborations with teachers, parents and communities to achieve sustainable impact.

Who we are

We were founded in September 2014 as a Swiss non-profit association. Since then we have been realizing projects in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia, and here exclusively in rural districts. In addition to this clear geographical focus, we limit our activities to three core areas in which we can have the most impact: drinking water and sanitation, sustainable building and renovation, and education. Kamboo Project follows the principle of "helping people to help themselves" - with our projects we help local people to improve their living conditions themselves in the medium to long term.

Our development took place in several phases. In the beginning, we learned in smaller projects how much you can achieve on site with just a few resources if you integrate and support local know-how in a targeted manner. In January 2017, the board of the association was significantly strengthened with experienced, honorary members. Through our teamwork and improved fundraising, we took the opportunity to expand and professionalize our local organization in Cambodia. As a sign of this further development, we have renamed ourselves and have been called the Kamboo Project since 2018 (the association was originally called «United Asia Charity»).
Legal form: association / tax status: eligible for deduction from income tax / State-licensed NGO of Cambodia

Executive Board in Switzerland and in Cambodia

Our organization and governance consist of two parts that complement each other. We manage project strategy, fundraising, administration and use of funding and donations, information technology, legal, finance and audit from Switzerland (headquarter: Zurich). Our operational center, including project management, liaison with authorities and voluntary work, is located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Accounting and controlling are strictly implemented locally.
(*1971, Swiss & German), teacher and trained scientist. Head of our Finance Committee and Co-Head of our Projects & Programmes Committee. Quote:"Material aid is one gratifying aspect. The magic of giving back the smile to an elderly lady or a student an even greater good. There is nothing quite like my time spent with Kamboo Project in Cambodia."

Thomas Gilbert

(*1992, Swiss), Chief Technology Officer, Head of IT and Member of Kamboo Project’s Finance Committee and Co-Head of our Marketing, Communication & Media committee. Founder of KDT-Solutions. Quote: "With drive and efficiency you can achive a lot which gives you a a great feeling."

Kim Thurnherr
Vice President/IT manager

(*1970, Swiss), Ph.D, education in natural science at ETH Zurich, co-founder of Sustainserv (2001), a consulting company in Zurich and Boston focused on sustainability. 20 years of experience in sustainability strategy, implementation, and communication. Co-heads our Marketing, Communication & Media committee and is a member of our Projects & Programmes committee.

Stephan Lienin
Executive Board

(*1968, Swiss), Pastor of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Davos, active in various projects against food waste, regularly traveled to Cambodia for 10 years on behalf of the church. Actively engaged in project management of Kamboo-Project.

Stefan Pfister
Executive Board

(*1987, Cambodian). MBA, Country Manager of Kamboo Project in Cambodia. Somalita has a proven background in financial management, with ten years on-the-ground experience of the Cambodian NGO sector.

Somalita Keo
Executive Board

Team Cambodia

(*1987, Cambodian). MBA, Country Manager of Kamboo Project in Cambodia. Somalita has a proven background in financial management, with ten years on-the-ground experience of the Cambodian NGO sector.

Somalita Keo
Country Manager

(*1995, Cambodian). Bachelor Degree for Finance and Accounting. Member of the Country Management Team of Kamboo Project since October 2018. Khan Ra has an unwaivering committment to help disadvantaged communities in Cambodia. Khan Ra has been trained by professional and expert finance people by our Partner Organisation, Accountants For Intl. Development, AFID.

Khan Ra

(*1986, Cambodian). Senior Project Manager at Kamboo Project since its founding days in 2014. Oversaw Head of Country Role in 2016/17. More recently concentrating on his strength in operations, training in the field of those in need and recruitment/training of younger staff and volunteers.

Pisey Chin
Senior Project Manager

(*2000, Cambodian). Somnang earned her bachelor degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. She joined Kamboo Project as a summer intern in 2019 and became permanent staff in 2021. Her responsibilities comprise of media, documentation and project evaluation.

Pin Somnang
Junior Public Relations Manager

(*1992, Cambodian). Bachelor degree in General Management and Business from Built Bright University. Bringing experience in project management from 2008, Dy is currently under contract to implement our SHIP hygiene programme.

Vorn Dy
Hygiene Project Officer

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