The Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT) is a local not-for-profit organization which aims to lift communities out of poverty in support of conservation through participatory community based approaches.
Founded in 2001 as a voluntary university student initiative, CRDT has grown into an organization working to deliver community and rural development projects to 4,961 families in support of conservation of the critically endangered Mekong River Irrawaddy Dolphins in Kratie and Stung Treng, and the protection of tropical forest biodiversity in Mondulkiri.
A Cambodia free from poverty and environmental degradation.
Improve food security, incomes, and living standards of poor rural communities in support of environmental conservation in Cambodia.
Neutrality: Independent, non-political and not for profit.
Cooperation: Committed to working in partnership.
Participation: We value our team members and commit to supporting and empowering them through collective decision-making.
Accountability: We respect the rights and dignity of Cambodia’s impoverished rural people by living and working within the beneficiary communities.
Environmental Mainstreaming: We value Cambodia’s natural environment, it is important to protect it for present and future generations.
Transparency: Committed to transparency and aid effectiveness.
Empowerment: We empower rural poor to create self-sustaining communities.
Provide access to a protein rich and varied diet.
Help beneficiaries to have sufficient income to allow an adequate standard of living.
Provide access to clean water.
Provide a safe and clean energy.
Help Cambodian to value their environment and manage natural resources responsibly.
Our work is funded by numerous international donors, our social enterprises, and by everyday people like you through GlobalGiving. However, the nature of international development funding is precarious – especially in uncertain times such as these. Our future goal is to become self-sustainable through social enterprise development which will provide valuable skills, training, and employment to Cambodians in our target communities and beyond, while returning revenue that we can reinvest into our development programs. Currently, we operate 3 social enterprises:
CRDTours: Our very own community based eco-tour provider offering adventures, homestays with communities, and once-in- a-lifetime experiences in and around Kratie, Stung Treng, Mondulkiri and Rathanakiri.
Le Tonlé: A unique training guest house giving poor, disadvantaged youth from Stung Treng and Kratie provinces a real chance for a career in hospitality.
SHG Finance PLC: a rural credit operator providing credits to Self Help Groups (community based organizations gathering people who want to empower themselves and improve their socio-economic status).