SCC has a handicrafts and souvenir shop located at the Wat Thmey Pagoda in Siem Reap.
Wat Thmey is one of the ‘killing fields’ sites in Siem Reap where during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975 - 1979) a large number of people were killed and buried. ‘Killing fields’ was a term coined by the Cambodian doctor turned journalist, Dith Pran, who was born and raised in Siem Reap and is the subject of the 1984 Academy Award winning film ‘The Killing Fields’.
Wat Thmey has a number of photo boards depicting the effects of the regime and a shrine containing skeletons of a number of those who lost their lives. It is an important site in terms of Cambodia’s recent history and tourists can come to reflect and pay homage to those who died.
Wat Thmey is also important in terms of SCC’s work. There is a Buddhist temple, monastery, orphanage and school, where the work of SCC in a pagoda as a centre for information, education and communication can be observed and will be further developed into a 'centre of excellence'.
The SCC shop sells local handicrafts and souvenirs. The handicrafts and souvenirs include the traditional Cambodian scarf known as the krama, scarves with a variety of designs, bags in different styles, hats, baskets, clothes, mats and statues.
A number of the products available for sale are made by the HIV/AIDS affected families, who are supported by SCC as part of the Livelihood Enhancement Program, in particular jewellery.
One new product is the Kroma-Fashion made by SCC Face2Face Battambang sewing students in order to make their living. Moreover the SCC Face2Face Youth Group created key rings in various styles as well as coconut craft products with using their newly aquired skills.
All proceeds from the shop are invested in the services that SCC provides locally.
Please come and visit Wat Thmey and the SCC shop and provide your support to the important activities undertaken by the SCC. Wat Thmey and the SCC shop can be visited on the way to or on the way back from Angkor Wat.