About Kamboo Project


Cambodian women and men work together for an autonomous and secure future. We support them.

Mission Statement

We are a young, results-driven Swiss NGO of high integrity. Thanks to our project experience and passionate commitment, we ensure, in close cooperation with local partners, that donations and volunteer work support the people in Cambodia effectively and sustainably.

Who we are

Kamboo Project was established in September 2014 as a Swiss charitable organization under the name «United Asia Charity». In the run up to this, initiator Enzo Sportelli had experienced how much can be achieved for the people in Cambodia with only a few resources if you get engaged and deliver with passion. In January 2017 the Board has been upgraded by adding experienced members to strengthen the organization. Since September 2018 we are Kamboo Project.

Together, we work passionately for the rural Cambodian population in order to improve their living conditions for the long term. Since 2014, we have been implementing projects in the provinces of Siem Reap and Bantey Meanchey, Cambodia. In addition to this clear geographical focus, we limit our activities to four core areas where we can have the most impact: drinking water and sanitation, sustainable construction, education and agriculture. Kamboo Project follows the guideline "help for self-help" -  our projects enable the people to help themselves and improve their living conditions in the medium to long term.

Legal form: association / tax status: eligible for deduction from income tax / State-licensed NGO of Cambodia

Executive Board Switzerland

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. In doing so, we pay attention to the fact that at least one member of the Board of Management is always on the ground in Asia during the launch of an important project or project stream. Accounting and controlling are strictly implemented locally.

Where we operate

For effective assistance that yields as many synergies and as much support as possible, we focus on the Cambodian provinces of Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey. Banteay Meanchey, less known, has a total of about 680'000 inhabitants. In the current phase, Kamboo Project mainly supports the community of Sang Kat Nimith with a population of 19'388 people. The district is home to 15 villages where our projects are used. In the province of Siem Reap, appr. 15 miles outside the well-known provincial capital, we help build up community life in the two villages of Kouksrok and Anchanh.

(*1971, Swiss & German), self-employed, a trained chemist, worked as an industry analyst for both JP Morgan (2001-2004) and UBS (2004-2016). 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 UAC in Cambodia."

Thomas Gilbert

(*1992, Swiss), Chief Technology Officer, Member of UAC’s Finance & IT 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. Supports marketing, communication, and fundraising of Kamboo Project

Stephan Lienin
Executive Board

(*1978, Swiss), Head of Kamboo Project Legal. Member of Kamboo Project’s Project, Marketing & Communication Committee. Jürg earned his Master in Law from University of Zurich and, in addition, a Master in Risk Management from HS Lucerne, Jürg is furthermore a Certified Project Leader.

Jürg Baltensperger
Executive Board

(*1968, Swiss), Member of Kamboo Project’s Finance & IT Committee. CFO of HINT AG with 20+ years of experience in CFO, Controlling and Project Management roles in both private and public sectors, with a special focus on healthcare.

Peter Quenzer
Executive Board

(*1988, Swiss), Member of Kamboo Project’s Project, Marketing & Communication Committee. Entrepreneur and co-founder of Quali-Clean GmbH in 2013.

Joe Lang
Executive Board

(*1967, Swiss), has worked as welder/constructor since 1986. Based in Siem Reap. "I set off, with my belongings on the back, heading East. The ancient Khmer empire could have been the gripping fascination that has captured my imagination. The uncomplicated, respectful demeanour of the people is the reason why I offer my help."

Enzo Sportelli

Executive Board Cambodia

(*1986, Cambodian), Master in Business Administration / International Development (MBA / ID), Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), Phnom Penh. Experience in strategic planning of social businesses and programme management since 2009.

Shaukhchann Peich
Country Head & Programme Manager

(*1987, Cambodian). MBA, Bachelor Economics in Finance&Banking, University of South-East Asia (USEA), Siem Reap. Occupies Senior Accountant roles in NGOs since 2011.

Somalita Keo
Accounting, Finance & Controlling

(*1986, Cambodian). Senior Project Manager at Kamboo Project since its founding days in 2014. Oversaw Head of Country Role in 2016/17. Now 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

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