Who we are
Providing assistance to the urban poor in Cambodia
Cyclos (pronounced see-cloe) are an integral part of the Phnom Penh landscape. These iconic vehicles, first introduced in 1936, remain one of the best and most economical ways to see the city. Cyclo drivers, however, are among the poorest of the urban poor in Cambodia. The Cyclo Centre is a local NGO providing basic support and social services to the drivers. The exact number of cyclo drivers in Phnom Penh is not known because of the transient nature of the work, but we have nearly 1,400 registered members.
What we do
We provide a place where cyclo drivers can meet, share ideas and access information and educational programs as well as a range of services – all provided free-of-charge – including washing facilities, medical care, English language lessons, programs on work-skills and money management and social activities.
We organize fundraising cyclo rallies that stretch from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Kompong Cham and Prey Veng. The events also aim to raise awareness about the situation of cyclo drivers, especially in the provinces, and advocate for issues affecting them. Partnering with tour companies, restaurants and bars in Phnom Penh, we also provide cyclo tours on request with a small percentage of the fee going to our Centre for administration.
So the next time you’re in Phnom Penh, take it easy, take a cyclo. Not only will you be doing yourself a favor, you will be helping create a better life for cyclo drivers.
What you can experience
• Take a cyclo tour of Phnom Penh and environs. You can arrange this at short notice for individuals or groups. You will be silently and gracefully transported through Phnom Penh’s busiest streets and to major landmarks and points of interest in this vibrant city.
• You can plan your own route or leave it up to us, either way you will be astonished at the low cost and sheer fun. How about a novelty tour of nightclubs, restaurants or bars?
• As a non-political and not-for-profit organization, donations help us to cover operating an d programme costs, as well as continue our activities. For as little as $10, you can help make a difference to cyclo drivers’ lives.
• Contact your hotel, guesthouse or tour operator for more information.
For further information on our activities and how to help us, please contact us at:
THE CYCLO CENTER
Telephone: (023) 991 178 or 016 785 286
CYCLO CONSERVATION & CAREERS ASSOCIATION (CCCA)
#9E11, St. 158, Sangkat BuengRaing, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh.
Telephone: 023 6308762 / 012 518 762 / 097 7009 762
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