With large posters of smiling Khmer children and signs stating, “We’re not about profit, but about people,” Common Grounds Coffee and Cyber Cafe has a bigger mission than (strong/tasty) coffee. 100% of the profits support its parent organization, People for Care and Learning (PCL), to fund empowerment programs geared toward underprivileged people in Siem Reap and throughout Cambodia. On the back of each menu, next to the Wifi password and below a list of coffee and Khmer/Western eats, are the organization’s beliefs:
In Siem Reap, a westernized tourist hotspot, it’s easy to miss the real story. But beyond Pub Street and a long list of seriously swanky hotels, the people of this beautiful riverfront town seem to be struggling. We’re pleased to visit Common Grounds multiple times during our week here and support its fantastic mission. The strong coffee at $1.25/cup with a very decent Wifi connection doesn’t hurt either.
7/7/2020 06:26:35 am
I like what you said about using cafes to raise money for charitable organizations. My sister wants to make sure that she's enjoying coffee responsibly in the coming weeks. I'll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for finding the right cafes to help her with this.
7/8/2020 06:41:54 am
Thank you for the comment, Patrick. There are so many cafes and coffee shops in Southeast Asia that work in tandem with charitable organizations. It's really a wonderful thing and I'm glad your sister will be looking to visit these places as well!
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