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A project to educate Cambodia's kids of the importance of heritage preservation as they are the future stewards of the country's past.
A project to educate Cambodia's kids of the importance of heritage preservation as they are the future stewards of the country's past.
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Heritage destruction in Cambodia has reached a fever-pitch. The destruction of archaeological sites and temples is occurring at very quick rate, on both national and local levels. Heritage Watch has been working since 2003 to raise awareness of this issue and to combat heritage destruction through a number of successful projects. 

We have been widely recognized and have won several international awards for our work. One of our most popular projects to date was the production and distribution of a Khmer language comic book called “Wrath of the Phantom Army” that tells the story of poor villagers who are encouraged to loot their home town. However, there are scary consequences. Reviving the tradition of 'horror story' comics has become very popular and thus, it is our venue for this media. Heritage Watch originally distributed this comic nationwide. Now we have integrated it into a comprehensive project called 'Heritage for Kids'. 

Heritage for Kids involves developing a series of classes on historic preservation for teachers at primary and secondary schools in Cambodia. Part of the curriculum includes reading and reviewing “Wrath of the Phantom Army” and another of our popular children's books 'If the Stones Could Speak'. These books, together with a colouring book and the teacher's guide, will help educate younger Cambodians about the importance and value of their cultural heritage. In the end, these younger Khmer will not only learn, but perhaps inform the rest of their communities, as well as their own families, on the importance of preserving their heritage. 

We are seeking funds not only to reprint Wrath of the Phantom Army in the Cambodian language (Khmer), but also our children's book and a colouring book. We are seeking support for project implementation as well.

As a 501(c)(3) organization we are able to offer a receipt for your donation for tax purposes (in the United States of America only).

Risks and challenges

Heritage Watch has been successfully working as an official organization in Cambodia for over a decade and is very familiar with challenges that can arise vis printing, distribution, and such. Our board, comprised of both Cambodian's in the culture sector and experts from overseas, is committed to seeing this project through, as we have with previous projects. Our organization has completed many successful projects in Cambodia and have a signed Memorandum of Agreement with the Ministry of Culture. Given our experience and in-country board members and contacts, we see no major risks to this project. The comic book and children's book are ready for printing. Only the development of the colouring book and the curriculum remains to be undertaken, and with the strong support of the board and staff, Heritage Watch anticipates no major problems.

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    A sense of great satisfaction! Know that you have contributed both to education and heritage preservation with a 10$ or more donation.

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    Have your name inscribed into our latest edition of Wrath of the Phantom Army, a thrilling comic book depicting the ghostly perils of not protecting these important sites.

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    The Wrath of the Phantom Army at your doorstep: they are coming straight for you via the post and they're not alone, as you'll also receive a copy of our beautifully illustrated children's book, If the Stones Could Speak.

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    Receive a hard copy of the comic, children's book + the best archeologically wonderful post card you've yet to see. Send this in the mail and you're sure to delight and inspire.

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    Receive a hard copy of the comic, children's book, digital comic for iPad. PLUS your name will be upgraded to SILVER donor and emblazoned inside the cover of the comic book.

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    All of the above + the book; An Interactive Guide to Angkor for iPad
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    Receive all of the above + a guided half-day tour of Ancient Angkor Wat with a local expert who can answer all of your burning questions. Your name will also be emblazoned under our highest categorical honor of PLATINUM donor.

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