Welcome, little Sreykat!
To as a family-run business, taking on social responsibility is important, and we align our daily activities to the UN Global Compact's principles. Moreover, we have entered into a specific commitment within the children's aid organization Plan International last year, which is also supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Today we are proud godparents of little Sreykat in Cambodia and support her, her family and her community. Especially education for girls in developing countries is one of the most effective solutions in the battle against hunger and exploitation, which is why have decided to take on this godparenthood.
Sreykat was born in May 2014 and lives with her parents who are small farmers in the mountain region of Ratanakiri. She has been visiting primary school since 2019, her favourite subjects are language and local dialect. Ratanakiri is a province in the remote northeast of Cambodia which is known for its lush forests and precious stones, but it unfortunately also belongs to Cambodia's poorest regions. Its 184,000 inhabitants live in villages where infrastructure in the areas health, education and street conditions is very poore. Most people earn there money from seasonal agriculture, growing rice, manioc, cashew nuts and caoutchouk. Only just over a half of the population can read and write. Among others, this has to do with the fact that the next school is more than 30 km away.
Malnutrition among children and mothers is one of the biggest problems that prevent children from a healthy start to their lives. Insufficient access to drinking-water and the lack of hygiene and sanitation facilities expose families to severe health risks.
Sreykat's family gets most of its water from a river, a stream or a lake. It takes them about 30 minutes to get to the next water point. The family does not have toilet facilities. Their home is a small wooden house with a corrugated roof.
Plan International has been active in the Ratanakiri region since 2011 and has already been able to achieve numerous improvements of families' living conditions. Among others, 37 preschool classes have been equipped with teaching materials, four new primary schools, a secondary school and 35 wells have been built. More initiatives will be put into place over the coming five years in order to react to the region's key issues. This includes nursing and support of toddlers, nutrition, education, child protection as well as water and hygiene.
We are glad to be part of this fantastic initiative and look forward to following Sreykat's development through photos and letters from Cambodia. Every member of the ARTEBENE family has embosomed Sreykat already.
Together with the Marine Lab Center, we planted a dedicated ARTEBENE coral garden at the Maldives as a special ARTEBENE environmental initiative. Planting corals contributes significantly to the preservation and restoration of sea corals. Intact coral reefs provide shelter to animals, because they are habitat to fishes and millions of other creatures. Moreover, corals protect coasts by reducing the effects of severe sea storms.
To plant coral gardens, small mud balls are formed as a first step. Each mud ball is carefully laid down by hand and, as a second step, planted with a broken coral. Beate and Rüdiger Kress planted more than 100 new corals for ARTEBENE this way and laid the foundation for a new coral garden. This coral block has been entered in the sea chart under the name of ARTEBENE. Now we have to be patient and to wait for what will develop here in the coming years. Many thanks to the whole Marine Lab Center team, we really learned a lot!