From the very beginning, we at Ride Expeditions have always wanted to give back in some way. As Cambodia was the very first country in which we ran our tours, it seemed fitting that we chose a local charity based there. We chose to donate to M’Lop Tapang, a local non-profit organisation that is based in Sihanoukville.
Our donations go towards their training centre which teaches welding and bike mechanics to teenagers from poor & troubled backgrounds. This gives them a skill that they can then use to get jobs and gain a steady income in the future. Our donations are also used to help pay towards the petrol & maintenance for the buses that transport the kids to and from school.
We also wanted to do something for the environment to help offset the carbon footprint from riding motorbikes all over the world. Which is where One Tree Planted, comes in, a non-profit organisation with a focus on global reforestation. For each and every rider that books a tour with us we plant a tree on their behalf. Well not physically but someone at One Tree Planted does it for us.
M’Lop Tapang was founded in 2003 with the original intention of helping to care for & feed 6 street children who were sleeping at the beach every night beneath a Tapang tree. Since then the 6 children have grown to over 5,000 kids, with 11 centres across Sihanoukville with the sole aim of helping these kids have a better life.
There are numerous programmes such as child protection, education, medical care, drug & alcohol harm reduction and vocational training centre, amongst others. Of the two vocational training centres, we at Ride Expeditions donate specifically to the centre which teaches motor repairs.
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Started in 2014, OTP have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help them get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.
Why plant trees? Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. They also provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Every rider that rides with Ride Expeditions, on any of our adventures, will be directly helping out in some way. Part of our profits from every ride are donated to M’Lop Tapang and a tree is planted on your behalf. If you’d like to help further you can of course donate directly to M’Lop Tapang by following this link.
We also like to bring along books, pencils, learning materials & games on the itineraries which go past small schools that do not receive any government funding. If you are planning on riding with us on one of our adventure motorcycle tours and you wish to bring gifts for the children / schools etc. this is always much appreciated. Please get in touch with us and we can advise you on the best ways you can help effectively.