Hanuman Travel is proud to work with a number of leading non-governmental organisations and good causes in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Hanuman is committed to Responsible Travel in all its forms and we like to think it is travel that makes better places to visit and better places to live. This means everyone benefits from the experience, including the visitor and the host communities. Following is a selection of the main organisations we support.
Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment (ELIE) is a registered local non-government organization based in Mondulkiri, Cambodia. ELIE’s aim is to improve the health and welfare of the captive elephants in Mondulkiri Province, work to conserve the wild elephants natural habitat and to support the local people who work with these magnificent creatures.
ELIE was founded in 2006 and started by providing veterinarian care and mahout-orientated education to the families and communities that owned captive elephants throughout Mondulkiri province. ELIE runs a number of programs and projects in Mondulkiri to help achieve our goals, including an elephant research and monitoring program, mobile veterinarian program an indigenous community based organisation assistance program, and Elephant Valley Project, an ecotourism project that provides an alternative approach to elephant care, rehabilitation and conservation.
Hanuman is the longest running supporter of Elephant Valley Project among the tour operators in Cambodia, having sent visitors from the very beginning. We have sent hundreds of visitors during a decade of partnership with ELIE and EVP and are proud to support their work.
Friends International is a leading social enterprise saving lives and building futures of the most marginalized children & youth, their families and their communities in Southeast Asia and across the world. Mith Samlanh (“Close Friends” in Khmer) works in Phnom Penh to respond to the harsh living conditions of street living and working children. Today, it works in seven zones of the city, providing holistic social support to over 15,000 children, youth and families per year so they can claim their rights to health, safety, family care and education. Mith Samlanh implements the ChildSafe movement throughout Phnom Penh in order to mobilize all actors to protect vulnerable children. Through the ChildSafe Citizens Campaign, ChildSafe community awareness raising, and ChildSafe Agent training, Mith Samlanh mobilized maintained network of 800 Agents in 2015.
Hanuman has long supported the training restaurants operated by Friends International, including the eponymous Friends and the elegant Romdeng, sending hundreds of guests each year. Hanuman also sends guests to other restaurants that are part of the Tree Alliance training network, including Marum in Siem Reap and Sandan in Sihanoukville.
Wildlife Alliance is at the forefront of direct conservation action. Thanks to our support, their team is able to successfully carry out frontline programs that have protected some of the world's most threatened forests and wild species. Wildlife Alliance’s wildlife programs are designed to rehabilitate animals victimized by the wildlife trade and provide them with the support and care necessary to ready them for release back into the wild. Release is always our primary goal. Once animals have fully recovered and those born at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center are released back into the wild under IUCN protocols at one of our three primary release sites; the Phnom Tamao Protected Forest, our Wildlife Rehabilitation Station set deep in the southern Cardamom Mountains in southwest Cambodia, or ourRewilding Project in the Angkor Temples Forest Complex in Siem Reap.
Hanuman supports the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre by sending visitors on a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour with Wildlife Alliance. Hanuman also supports the Wildlife Release Station in Chi Phat in the Cardamom Mountains by sending guests on overnight visits in support of conservation.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. Our story began in the early 1900’s when we successfully helped the American bison recover on the Western Plains. Today, we protect many of the world’s iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in our world’s amazing seascapes. In Cambodia, WCS works with Sam Veasna Center to promote ecotourism across Cambodia.
Hanuman is one of the big supporters of a number of their award-winning projects, including birding at the Prek Toal Biosphere, spotting Giant Ibis at Tmatboey and Sarus Crane at Ang Trapaeng Thmor. Hanuman also supports the Jahoo Gibbon Camp in Seima Protected Forest in Mondulkiri where it is possible to spot the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, douc-langurs and wild elephants.
Yosothor is an independent Cambodian institution promoting research on Cambodian culture. For the moment, the trilingual academic journal, Udaya, and our journal KhmeRenaissance are addressed to a more popular Khmer-reading audience and are fully online. At the start, in 2000, two scholars established a journal of Khmer studies entitled Udaya. In the wake of this academic initiative, the need to popularize knowledge was increasingly felt. Other colleagues, teachers and student joined the small team to set up a second cultural information network, KhmeRenaissance, comprising two publication formats: online and in print. These achievements were made possible with the initial assistance of The Japan Foundation and the Cambodian APSARA Authority, and subsequently that of “Friends of Khmer Culture, Inc. (FOKCI). It was on this foundation that the team decided to establish a more stable structure: Yosothor.
Hanuman has been a strong supporter of Yosothor since its foundation, funding the publication of its journals in the Khmer language to help the next generation of Khmer scholars and researchers discover more about their culture and history from leading Cambodian experts such as Professor Ang Choulean.