“Give a man a fish and you feed him a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese Proverb
Sala Bai students have touched our hearts! They are the reason our efforts are focused on the sustainability and growth of the Sala Bai Hotel and Restaurant School in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Each of the students who come to Sala Bai have overcome incredible challenges to receive an education and find employment in the hospitality industry.
Their eagerness to learn and the gratitude reflected in their generous smiles are a continual source of inspiration to us. It is also the success and proven track record of the Sala Bai School that has motivated us to champion their mission here in the US. Sala Bai is a model solution, one that we believe can be replicated in other countries around the globe. While 100% of all funds raised go directly to Sala Bai at this time, we do reserve the right to direct monies to other best-in-class organizations involved in anti-human trafficking activities.
In its 12th year of operation, over 1100 students have successfully completed the training at Sala Bai and 100% have found employment within 3 months of graduation in the local hospitality industry, earning salaries that, on average, represent more than three times their total household incomes! Focused on sustainability, the Sala Bai Hotel and Restaurant School continues to generate more income from operating its own 50 seat restaurant and 4 room training hotel. These revenues covered 15% of operating expenses in 2010, 20% in 2011, 30% in 2012, with a target of 50% by 2017, after the opening of a new and larger school in Wat Svay.
Sala Bai is fighting human trafficking by addressing extreme poverty and its consequences with a free education and guaranteed employment to youth at-risk. What makes this uniquely holistic approach different from other educational programs is that it creates its own self-sustaining ecosystem. It benefits the students, their families, the local economy and…..the hospitality industry!
Sala Bai is totally self-funded and relies on the generosity of others to provide hospitality training and full lodging to its students completely free of charge. Every day more and more individuals, corporations and foundations are financially supporting Sala Bai with donations, resources or sponsorships. Listed below are just a few of Sala Bai’s supporters in various countries around the globe:
Thank You to Sala Bai Partners
Sala Bai Hotel Partners
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Angkor Century Resort and Spa, Le Meridien Angkor, Amansara, Belmond La Residence d’Angkor, Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Grand Soluxe Angkor Palace Resort and Spa, Sokha Angkor Resort, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, FCC Angkor Boutique Hotel, Borei Angkor Resort and Spa, Ree Hotel, Hotel Somadevi Angkor Resort and Spa, Karavansara Retreat and Residences, Angkor Village Resort, Sala Lodges, Heritage Suites Hotel