Welcome to the Website of

Siem Reap Citizens for Health, Educational and Social Issues

Citoyen(ne)s de Siem Reap pour la Santé, de l'Education, et les Questions Sociales.

Welcome to our combined website for : www.siemreapngo.com and www.angkorwatngo.com

SiRCHESI is a Cambodian non-governmental organization (NGO #704) confronting HIV/AIDS and related illnesses in Siem Reap, the town situated next to Cambodia's major tourist attraction, the Angkor Wat temple complex. This site will highlight local news accounts , press stories , and research reports 2001, 2002 , 2005, and summaries about the annual Siem Reap mini-conferences on HIV-AIDS and related health issues. Annual Siem Reap mini-conferences on HIV-AIDS and related health issues to confront HIV/AIDS and related illnesses in Siem Reap, situated next to Cambodia's major tourist attraction, the Angkor Wat temple complex. Read the SiRCHESI program for 2005-6. View the Fall, 2005, 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009/10 , 2011 , Newsletters (Adobe reader required)
Health Promotion by the local grass-roots NGO, SiRCHESI (Siem Reap Citizens for Health, Educational and Social Issues) shown at Angkor Wat. They offer HIV/AIDS Prevention workshops to groups at risk.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is aggravated by increased sexual tourism, poverty, and inconsistent condom use-- HIV sero-positivity rates have average 32.7% (1995-May, 2005) for brothel-based (direct) sex-workers. In addition, alcohol over-consumption amongst the “beer promotion women” ( McCourt, 2002) has been fueled by competition amongst the “beer promotion women” hired, but then underpaid, by the major international beer companies---Heineken, Budweiser, Stella Artois, Tiger, ABC, San Miguel, Corona, Bass, Cass, Three Horses, Beck’s, Bintang, Asahi, Hollandia, Bavaria, Oettinger, Leo, Singha, Carlsberg brands Angkor, Holsten.... ). As a result, some of these “beer girls” become occasional, “indirect” sex workers , and after drinking heavily nightly with clients, have increased risk for HIV/AIDS, with 20.3% HIV+ (1995-2004). To learn more about the plight of “beer girls” and how you can take action, visit www.beergirls.org, www.ethicalbeer.com, and www.fairtradebeer.com. Married women, men, and young persons are also increasingly at risk in the community, with less than 10% of the estimated 10,000 Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Siem Reap in 2006 on anti-retrovirals, provided currently by NGOs and private hospitals. In 2006-8, SiRCHESI has partnered with 3 pioneering Siem Reap hotels in a Hotel Apprenticeship Program. This removes women from risky beer-selling jobs, sends them every morning to SiRCHESI’s school to learn English, Khmer reading, health education, social and life skills. For 8 months, they also complete 9-hour mentored shifts in the Lin Ratanak Angkor Hotel , Sokha Angkor Hotel and Resort , and Angkor Howard Hotel . Apprentices then receive 16-month permanent contracts, with “fair wages” paid throughout. Cohort 2 students are now working, 2007-9 with: Angkor Howard Hotel, Lin Ratanak Hotel, Salina Hotel, Angkor Holiday Hotel, Majestic Angkor Hotel, and the Day Inn Angkor Resort.

SiRCHESI works with other NGOs, hospitals, agencies and government organizations using a “hybrid model of capacity building” to strengthen the public health sector, partnering with the Provincial AIDS Office, PAO; Provincial Department of Health, etc.

Besides the efforts of the Siem Reap Citizens for Social, Educational and Health Issues, other NGOs (e.g., AFESIP ), hospitals, agencies and government organizations are also working on related issues in Siem Reap (e.g., the Provincial AIDS Office, PAO; Provincial Department of Health, Caritas, Angkor Children’s Hospital, Khanta BhopaII/Jayavarman VII Hospital, Men’s Health Cambodia, MSF, ESTHER.... ), within Cambodia (e.g.,National AIDS Authority, NCHADS, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, KHANA, CARE, RACHA, FHI, NGO Forum, OXFAM, APHEDA ) and worldwide (e.g., UNAIDS, WHO....).

Research reported on this website was first carried out by Ian Lubek (ilubek@uoguelph.ca) with Dr. Mee Lian Wong (cofwml@nus.edu.sg) of the National University of Singapore, Dr. Sarath Kros (PAO) (Sarathkros@yahoo.com), and has been facilitated by over 50 colleagues, students, interns, health workers, research assistants. Funding has come from SSHRC/Research Advisory Board, University of Guelph, from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, from M.A.C. AIDS Fund, and individual and corporate sponsors and donors.




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Corporate Sponsors and Donors:

Major funding for this project has come from:
click to visit Elton John Site Elton John AIDS Foundation (2000-2004)
click to visit M.A.C. Cosmetics AIDS Site M.A.C. AIDS Fund (2003-2008)

Thanks to all our past Corporate Sponsors/Donors (2001-2003): (Click here for listing)

and for the generosity of our Corporate and Individual Sponsors (2004-2007): Bangkok Airways, Siem Reap Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sony, Canada; 3M (Australia) Visual Systems Division, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Kimarie Lingerie & Cosmetics (Cabramatta), Australian Cambodian Community, Inc., The Khmer Community of New South Wales, Inc; White Tiger Band (Toronto), Brick Brewing Co., Canadian Cambodian Association of Ontario, Vaughan/Toronto Buddhist Temple, Buddhist Society of New South Wales (Bonnyrigg), Auckland NZ Buddhist Temple, Salina Hotel (Siem Reap), Khmer Design Group, Siem Reap Provincial Health Department/Provincial AIDS Office (PAO), Zonta International (Waterloo), ReBoot Computers, AJS Education and Migration Agent, Hugh’s Room (Toronto) and fundraising musicians, Signs & Sites, Inc., Alcohol Breath Testing Pty,Ltd., Alcolizer Technology (Australia), donated honoraria from various Universities and individual gifts from colleagues, students, performers and friends worldwide.

For 2008-10 : 3 M (Canada);  Targus; IDRC; Canadian Embassy in Phnom Penh; HIV Research Group ( SPHCM, UNSW, Australia); National University of Singapore; SOMO, NL;  OECD-WATCH, NL;  APA SPSSI SAGES Grant, USA; Victoria University of Wellington, NZ;  Marrickville (Sydney) Organic Food Market, AU; Bonnyrigg Buddhist Temple, (AU) ; Wellington Entertainment Workers Fundraiser, NZ ; Steven Lewis Foundation DARE Fundraiser (over 500 Cambodian Fair trade bracelets sold to raise funds for HIV/AIDS in Cambodia and in Africa); and  generous gifts from new and past donors worldwide!

And we thank for their continuous support: