Rotary Reality Tour
Kleine Hilfsaktion e.V. (KhA) has worked with various Rotary Clubs for years, always with the mission to help as many people in need as possible in the most direct way.
KhA’s affiliation with Rotary started in 2013 and has since morphed into a strong partnership based on trust and sustained through a shared commitment to helping those most in need. At that time, the Willich Rotary Club invited KhA to present a project of our choice during their weekly meeting. Our presentation showed the shocking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) situation at a Primary School in rural Cambodia. Understanding the dire situation these children were in, the RC Willich members decided to act and agreed to fund a complete WASH infrastructure and education program at Chy Hong Primary School in northwestern Cambodia’s Battambang Province. KhA, RC Willich and KhA’s local NGO partner in Battambang, Bareebo Organization (Bareebo), equipped a school of 111 children with a rooftop rainwater collection system, 40,000 liters of rainwater storage capacity, hand washing stations, a toilet facility, biological-sand-water filters and trained the teachers in the basics of WASH in schools and how to use and maintain their new WASH technologies.
Since that first successful WASH at Schools project in 2013, KhA has implemented 34 more WASH at Schools and 78 WASH at Health Centers projects with Rotary Clubs and other donors such as Toyota, Cents4help (Bosch), ApoBank, various organizations and companies and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Our Rotary partners are the Rotary Clubs of Willich, Neuss and Kaarst-Korchenbroich, the Rotary Club of Pursat City and Rotary International. They support KhA’s School WASH, EyeLight (cataract surgeries & eye care), Emergency (aid) and Education projects throughout Cambodia.
Cambodia – Rotary Reality Tour Summary
As Rotarians, you are naturally engaged with charity and aid projects. Would you like to travel to a developing country and do a direct aid project yourself? I, Roland Debschütz, would accompany you, often with a local Cambodian development worker or Rotarian from our on-site team.
Shortly before your Rotary Reality Tour, our colleagues in Cambodia will go to the field to find households needing aid, collect data on and take pictures of these households, and provide us with a description of each situation. Every Rotarian tour participant will then choose their own emergency aid project, which they will implement on-site, a truly unique opportunity. Tour participants will join in a village eye screening conducted by Bareebo for the EyeLight Project and deliver wheelchairs directly to those who need them in rural areas. We invite you to celebrate with the children from our KSS School at a party in central Cambodia.
We manage all accommodations, transport and tour organization.
During this journey, you will gather impressions and experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. You will visit places well off the beaten path. You will help people who need it. And you will have the most authentic Cambodian visit possible, a visit that only a Rotary Reality Tour can deliver.
The Next Rotary Reality Tour
We want to give you a chance to share this experience with us from February 17 to 24th, 2024. If you want to visit the beautiful temples of Angkor Wat or add a holiday to Cambodia, Laos or Thailand before or after the Rotary Reality Tour, we are here to help you arrange that.
Participation in our tour is limited to ten Rotarians; each participant is welcome to invite one accompanying person. Of course, the following guidelines also apply to the accompanying person.
The Details of the Tour
The Rotary Reality Tour is a charity tour linking each Rotarian tour participant directly to their respective Rotary Club (RC). Each participant, each participant must bring donations in the amount of € 1,500. The emergency aid projects will be financed from the pool of the participants’ donations. The rest will go 100% to our WASH program, which we will present to you in detail during the trip. WASH means clean water and hygiene for schools and health centers. Click here to see the WASH film. You can hardly save human lives more directly.
As with the Fundriding tours, each participant must obtain a used wheelchair before the trip. The wheelchair will be declared as your medical baggage on the flight and transported to the destination region free of charge. Of course, we will assist you with arranging this should you require it. You personally deliver the wheelchair you brought to the patient in their home, a positive and emotional experience that will profoundly impact you. Every year, in this way, we have brought much-needed mobility and independence to hundreds of people with disabilities.
The cost of the one-week trip is € 1,200.
- Pick up at Phnom Penh airport
- Seven nights’ accommodation in good hotels
- All in-country transportation (bus, taxi, tuk tuk, boat)
- All tour organizing and management
- Visit to a floating village
- School celebration
- Rotary meeting with the Rotary Club of Pursat City
- Individual wheelchair delivery (Emergency Project I)
- Trip to Veal Veng District in the Cardamon Mountains, Pursat Province
- Visit a WASH in Health Centers project in Veal Veng District
- Frog Cave Monastery in Banan District, Battambang Province
- Participation in an eye screening in Banan District as part of KhA’s EyeLight Project
- A trip to Phnom Sompov Village in Banan District to watch hundreds of thousands of bats leave their cave at sunset
- Individual Emergency Aid Project (Emergency Project II)
- Tuk tuk ride from Banan to Battambang
- A 6-8 hour boat journey from Battambang City to Siem Reap City along the Sangker River and over the Tonle Sap Lake
- Flight, food, drink and all other activities outside the stated program of the Rotary Reality Tour
Do you have any questions? Get in touch with us!
Kleine Hilfsaktion e.V.
Contact Person: Roland Debschütz
Bergheimer Straße 503
41466 Neuss I German
Phone +49 2131 460889
Mobil +49 172 2104489