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   This page shows items removed from the News page since inception. It is also possible to access the page that outlined the on-site provision the Centre was able to make until the closure of 2010 by clicking here. A supplementary page detailing the progress of Centre projects over various periods can be viewed by clicking here.

The list of items from News page is shown below.


 
Health Consultation:

 

   Health Consultation: A total of 1,370 cyclo drivers used this service from April 2005 to February 2006 or an average of 124 drivers per month. The number of cyclo drivers having medical referral to hospitals and clinics to February 2006 was 4.  During 2005/6 there was no mobile medical consultation service in operation.

. in late 2013, cyclo conservation & Careers Association(CCCA) cooperates with Samdech oar hospital (Hope Centre) to have free consultation and treatment for cyclo drivers who goes to Samdech oar hospital by Association. After cooperation,CCCA sent one cyclo driver, his name- Mr. Gneb Song, to treat this hopital for two weeks in January 2014 and other two cyclo drivers to have the blood test and treatment.  

Health consultation 2014:

Due to Cyclo office is too small for cyclo driver to have free consultation and treatment their health cyclo Conservation & Careers Association send all drivers as members of Association who have problems with thier health to Samdech Oar referral hospital.In 2014, the association sent 05 cyclo drivers- Mr. Chhin Bunchouren, Mr. Gnem Soy,Mr. Koe Choy, Kong yim, and Chan Vuthy, unfortunately Mr. Chan Vuthy died of blood pressure. and 04 others still drive cyclos till today.

The using bathroom and personal hygience in 2014:


With the high need of cyclo driver, the bathroom is open every day, they need to use bathroom in average 40 cyclo drivers per day and 16,972 cyclo drivers in 2014. so association needs to spend more utlities.

The Health Consultation in 2015

The 3 cyclo drivers were serious illness, the association sent them to cure at Samdech Oar Hospital and 11 cyclo drivers check their health.

The using bathroom and personal hygience in 2015

the using bathroom and personal hygience in 2015 are as same as 2014,too.

The Health Consultation in 2016

On 2 February 2016, Municipal Federation youth of Cambodia Federation union youth offered food and a gilf within milk, sugar, can fish, Yellow noodles and check thier health and medical treatment to more than 100 cyclo drivers as the members of Cyclo Conservation and careers Association.

On 27 February 2016, One former cyclo driver;his name Mr. Chan Veasna fell down from mango tree near National MusuemOn and the association sent him to Calmet Hospital but serious illness ,the doctor could not help him, he died and the association held ceremony for his funeral at Toul Sangre Pagoda.

28 June,2016, the youth of Cambodian Pepople Party in Municipality offered a gilf within 5 canned fish to more than 100 cyclo drivers and checked cyclo drivers' eyes and medical treatment. If found anyone who has to operate the eye, The doctor sends them to operate at khmer -Russian Hospital without payment.



Haircuts and Washing Facilities:

 

Haircuts and Washing Facilities: Over the 11 month period between April 2005 and February 2006  the average number of haircuts per month was 37. Sometimes (about 10 times during the period) AFESIP have been unable to provide haircuts and the Centre has used a private barber, at a cost of about 26,310 Riel ($6.5) each time or about $65 for the year.

Washing facilities are available at the Centre everyday except Sunday. It is estimated that about 22 drivers per day and an average of 504 drivers per month use this service with good effect to their personal hygiene and health.  Most of the drivers who use the service come regularly.

Stop Z Project:

 

Stop Z Project: From April 2005 to February 2006 the numbers of drivers informed about medical treatment for STDs (Stop Z) was 1019 (924 male/ 85 female) or an average of 93 per month.

Pannasastra University:

 

   Pannasastra University: The February 18th 2006 workshop was facilitated by 3 of the University students and their American supervisor and also incorporated information and a question and answer session with a visiting American from Florida who has been identified as HIV positive for 19 years.  The workshop highlighted both the  drivers’ on-going fears and interest in the subject. They benefited much from the advice given on avoiding the condition, and from hearing about the experience of how to live with HIV positive problems in a responsible and positive manner.

Anti-Smoke/Quit Smoke Project:

 

Anti-Smoke/Quit Smoke Project: The first round of TIMA support for this project was from November 2004 to April 2005 and project results were reported in the November 2004 to April 2005 Cyclo Activities Plan.

A TIMA sponsored programme for one year, from August 2005 to July 2006, started with a 10-day training session on the impact of tobacco use on health and well-being at Battambang where 2 Cyclo Centre staff (the Co-ordinator and Project Officer) and one cyclo driver participated with a larger group from around Cambodia to learn how to train and counsel smokers who wish to quit the habit.

The training was provided by ADRA and supported by TIMA.  Course emphasis was on detailing the 7-steps to quit smoking,  providing methods to survey and monitor  for Quit-smoke programmes and how to counsel people overcoming nicotine addiction.   The Cyclo Centre staff who attended will now be able to assist and lead in future anti-smoke/quit-smoke training sessions with cyclo drivers.

  • On 26 September 2005,  150 cyclo drivers attended a TIMA-supported half-day session on tobacco impact awareness with 5 National Centre for Health Promotion (NCHP) trainers.  Benefits were that drivers now see the scale and scope of the tobacco impact problems including the negative affect on non-smokers as well as on personal health and expenditure.
  • There were 3 TIMA-supported Quit-smoke sessions during 2005 each lasting 5 days and each with 20 participants and 3 National Health Promotion (NCHP) trainers.  They were held from 26 to 30 September, 1 to 5 November and 26 to 30 November.   NCHP also provided support books and pamphlets to all participants. Benefits to the cyclo drivers are knowing that they can stop smoking with trainer and peer support, and that, by doing this, they are also improving their health and finances.
  • Smoking cessation participants also have the opportunity to purchase their own cyclo with interest-free loans.

   From August 2005 to March 2006:

Ø   24 cyclo drivers joined the Quit-smoke credit loan scheme.

Ø   8  drivers paid off their loans

Ø   16 drivers were continuing repayments

 

  • The Anti-smoke/ Quit-smoke programme raised the number of drivers being supported by TIMA  from November 2004 to March 2006 to:

Ø    240 in general awareness workshops

Ø    120  in Quit-smoke sessions

Ø    42   in the credit loan scheme.

On 23rd October and 9th November 2006, 214 cyclo drivers attended tobacco awareness programmes. Three smoking cessation programmes were also held in October, November and December, each of which was attended by 20 cyclo drivers.

Subsequently, with supporting from Taiwan Inernational Medical alliance (TIMA) through World health organization (WHO) in 2011, the Cyclo Conservation &Careers Association(CCCA) has opened Tobacco use impact awareness class to promote about tobacco use impact and road safety with 120 cyclo drivers'participation and in 2012, 140 cyclo drivers participated tobacco use impact, road safety and HIV/AIDs promotion course.

On 16-17th May 2013, with attention and supporting from the Cambodian Tourism Ministry, The cyclo conservation &Careers Associaton(CCCA) organized 40cyclo drivers to participate English for communication class with foreigners, cleint greeting and road safety at Phnom Penh Municipal  tourism department office.

English Language tuition:

 

Work Skills Programme

English Language tuition: The average number of cyclo students attending daily classes from April 2005 to March 2006 was 10 for Level 1 and 10 for Level 2. An average of 10 drivers took monthly tests for both Level 1  and Level 2.

 The similar cyclo students attending daily classes for English communication from April 2010 to july 2013. 

English Language tuition in 2014:

The English class program is the good one help cyclo drivers, want to update their knowledge to get better and easier to communicate in English with thire customers. The association opens this class every Monday to Thursday at 1.00pm to 2.oopm, attending around 10 cyclo drivers Additionally, the cyclo conservation & Careers Association in cooperating with Municipal Tourism Department invited 41 cyclo driver to took exta training  for Road Safety and greeting course on 28 May 2014. This is the key role for cyclo drivers to understand Phnom Penh traffic situation and greeting customers as a role of cyclo city tour service.

 

General Money Management:

 

Money Management Programme

General Money Management: From April 2005 to March 2006, 311 cyclo drivers attended general money management education  within the monthly meetings, or an average of 28 drivers per month. There was no money management education in November as the Centre was busy with the Quit-smoke programme.

Savings Schemes:

 

Savings Schemes: There have been 360 cyclo drivers with savings passbooks since the project started in 1999. From September 2005 there has been an increase of 14 new savings members.  The number has increased mainly because of involvement in the recent Anti-smoke credit scheme programme, although only 10-15 members are currently active.

The total amount saved from April 2005 to February 2006 was 3,934,900  Riel (approx. USD 983).  This amounts to about 357,718 Riel (approx. USD 89) per month.

The number of major events attended by cyclo drivers from April 2005 to July 2006 was ten.  Overall, about 524 cyclo drivers participated  in these events.

From April to September 2005 these were the URC Environmental Clean-up Day in April (10 drivers); the NGO Forum World No-Pesticide Day in June (20 drivers); the Municipality Anti-Drug and Crime Day in June ( 30 drivers); the Cyclo rally to Kampong Cham and Prey Veng  in September (30 drivers) and a cyclo gathering at the Royal Palace, also in September (200 drivers from the Cyclo Centre plus 100 other cyclo drivers from around the City).  In the second half of the year events included the Urban Sector Group (USG) workshop on living and working in the streets of Phnom Penh (4 drivers) in October; the launch of the book about the cyclos of Cambodia –The Kings of the Road- in November (3 cyclos); two PSI training sessions on HIV/AIDS/STD awareness in late December (60 drivers), the Road Safety  Campaign rally in late December (60 drivers),  and the Pannasastra University training session and discussion on HIV/AIDS prevention and management in February 2006.

Social Activities and Joining Events:

 

Communications and Information Programme

Social Activities and Joining Events: In addition to the events mentioned on the Provision page Centre staff attended several workshops and training sessions associated with the Cyclo Centre Programmes.  They included a workshop on anti-tobacco issues at the Medical University in May; the World Anti-Tobacco Day Celebration, the Ministry of Health workshop on Anti-Tobacco Research in September; the launching of the PSI Campaign on HIV/AIDS/STD Awareness (KLAHAN) in September; a 10 day training workshop on Anti-smoke Awareness and Quit-smoke counselling in Battambang in  August; the 8th Inter-Ministerial Committee for Education and Reduction of Tobacco Use in Cambodia meeting in December; the United Health Network annual workshop in February 2006; and a PSI/UHN workshop on Voluntary Confidential Counselling and HIV Testing (VCCT) in March 2006.

Centre staff also met with several donor representatives over 12 months to March 2007 including donors and representatives from IRIS International both in October 2006; TIMA representatives from Taiwan in September and October 2006; and senior VSA (NZ) staff from New Zealand. 

The 2005/6 year also saw visits from those who would become Cyclo Centre sponsors in 2006/7 – namely Madame Michele Claudel from Switzerland and representatives from IRIS International.

On 09 January 2013, CCCA Executive director, Mr. Im Sambath was interviewed by all medias about cyclo conservation in at the Tourism Ministry after meeting with His Exellency Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism Ministry and Vice Governer of Municipality, His Exellency, Khueng Sreng.

On 26 June 2013, was interviewed by Phnom Penh Post newspaper about cyclo preservation from now to future.

On 26 June 2013, was interviewed on live by Cambodian Television Network(CTN) about the process of cyclo conservation output after meeting with the tourism ministry, municipality and relevant institutions.

On 19 January 2014, 10 cyclos with 10 drivers joined art march celebration organised by Khmer art Amatak organisation.

On 09 March 2014, Mr. Sambath was interviewed by Bayon TV about Cyclo Conservation activites.

On 02 May 2014, 20 cyclos with 20 drivers joined European Union anniversary at Olympic Stadium.

On 01 August 2014, was interviewed by Cambodian News Channel TV (CNC) about cyclo drivers' issues who live in Phnom Penh.

 

Monthly Meetings and Information Systems:

 

Monthly Meetings and Information Systems: Monthly meetings were held in every month between April 2005 and March 2006 except for November 2005 when the Centre was engaged with Anti-smoke training.

The average number of drivers attending these meetings was 28 each month.

 Major topics discussed over the 2005/6 year included planning for the September Cyclo rally; the PSI Stop Z social marketing project and proposed condom marketing by drivers; workshops for the anti-smoking/quit-smoke project and participation in the cyclo-credit schemes; the IRIS eye-care programme ; cyclo driver support for the proposed Improving Rural Livelihoods Project; becoming  a member of the United Health Network; road safety issues ; cyclo driver guidelines in the Staff Manual; participation in and associated rules for the Tourist Booking Service; the Centre budget and funding for 2006/7; and specific events and situations affecting drivers like the deaths of several cyclo drivers through illness,  cyclo drivers’ conflicts with each other and security, both at the Centre and in the markets and streets.

Media Promotion:

 

Cyclo Business and Promotion Programme

Media Promotion: From April to September 2005 the Centre had stories in the following media – Cambodge Soir (August- story on the Centre and the 2005 rally), Quiz Times (September- story on rally),  Business News (September- story on cyclo drivers’ visit to the King and the Royal Palace),  Radio Women’s Media Centre (FM102 in June for the Anti-Drug and Crime event and in  September for story on the rally 2005), Asia Free Radio (September- on visit to the King and Palace), TVK (Television Khmer in September-story on visit to the King and Palace ), CTN (Cambodia Television Network in September- story on the 2005 rally), CTN and APSARA TV (in November 2005 on the launch of the Kings of the Road Book), and a special Christmas broadcast in December 2005 on BBC World Service Radio. 

Tourist Booking Service:

 

Tourist Booking Service: The number of cyclos booked through this service averaged 148 per month between August 2006 and January 2007 (a range from 2 to 295 per month reflecting seasonal tourist fluctuations). This average came from  between 1 and 24 bookings per month with the size of group bookings varying from 2 or 3 people to 70  people.

Cyclo Hisory & Conservation:

Cyclo (cyclopouse) has existed in Cambodia since 1936, through Frenchman,Mr. Muarice Coupeaud. Since the 1930s Cyclo had become a popular means for passengers transportation across the city. However, as part of transportaton mean, cyclos were almost destroyed completely under Khmer Rouge regime. After liberation day , January 7, 1979, cyclos were reused for only delivery to short destination within Phnom penh is  nowadays, cyclos ,pedaled by human energy has become less active and no longer be prefered by passengers, due to advanced technology of other tranportation means at the present days, therefore, cyclos are likely to disapear in the future. In order to maintain an identity as legacy left from the french colonial period, we need to preserve cyclo together in a sustainable manner, offer job opportnities to people and keeping the ciity clean and ever-green, as this slogan goes: "I think, I act, I care"

 With attention and support from Royal Cambodian government through The Ministry of Tourism and Municipality, CCCA is availble cyclo stand every day at some of the popular resort in the city which allowing from the municipality including: Cyclo Stand at the Central Market, Wat Phnom Resort and Royal Palace  or your travel agents, hotels and restaurants.

By Cyclo City Tour, You'll enjoy the warm hospitality, delight, and Safety to visit attractive tourist destination in Phnom Penh and provide them with job:

1.The item of Round Cyclo City Tour/Architectural tour:

>. From your accomodation past Wat Phnom cultural and historical tourist site, Central market, Independent Momument and finish at in font of Royal Palace. The price= $5.00 only

2. Half Day city tour(4hrs):

>. From your Accomodation to: Wat Phnom Cultural and historical tourist site, Central, Independentce, Royal Palace inside, National museum inside and Post Office. The price=$7.00 only.

3. Full Day City Tour(8hrs) :

> Wat Phnom Cultural and historical tourist site, Central market Indepence Monument,Royal Palace inside, National Museum inside, Toul Sleng Genocial Museum(S21) inside  and Toul Tompong (Russian market inside) The price =$12.00 only.

The above items, you can contact us and arrange for your personal/group tour anytime and our cyclo drivers have experienced with the Phnom Penh landmark & English communication.

*Contact Person: Mr. Sambath- CCCA Executive Director: H/p:012 518762/ 097 700 97 62, Email: cyclocca@gmail.com

On-going monitoring of the cyclo community:

 

On-going monitoring of  the cyclo community: The figures below are from the Cyclo Centre Register at 31 March 2006 unless otherwise specified :

The number of cyclo drivers registered at the Centre was 1355 an increase of 195 since the September 2005  6-monthly Progress report.

The average age of drivers was about 40 years with an age range of 16 to 77 years. About 4.8% were 20 years or under, 48.8% were aged from 21 to 40 years, 34.8% were aged from 41 to 60 years and about 11.5% were over 60 years old.  Since September 2005 there has been an increase in the percentage of drivers aged 21 to 30 years and a corresponding decrease in younger and older age groups.

 82% of cyclo drivers are married and 17.6% are single.  The others are widowed or divorced.

The average of numbers of children for married cyclo drivers is four.

Most drivers come from the following Provinces- Prey Veng (48%), Svay Rieng (12%), Kampong Cham (6%), Kandal (8%), Takeo (11%), Kampong Speu (5%) and Kampot (2.8%). Since September 2005 there has been an increased number of drivers from Prey Veng, the predominant home province.

About 38% of cyclo drivers live on the street,  about 45% live in cyclo houses and about 17% live with relatives or in other rented accommodation.

Most cyclo drivers live in Khans Deun Penh (38.7%), Chamcarmon (38.4%),7 Makara (10.5%) and Toul Kork (3.5%).  Over the past year an increased percentage lived in the inner city Khans of Daun Penh and 7 Makar and a reduced percentage  live in Khan Chamcarmon.

Cyclo drivers eat in a range of locations but 56.6% are mobile in their eating habits and 30% eat regularly in stalls in various markets.  The rest eat at other regular locations such as street stalls near the Kirirom Cinema, around Wat  Koh, or the behind the Ministry of Tourism (from December 2003 survey).

About  19.6% of drivers own their cyclos while 80.4% rent their cyclos.  Since September 2005 the number of drivers renting cyclos has increased proportionally to those owning cyclos in spite of the increase  in green smoke-free cyclos.

The average cost of renting cyclos is still about 2000 Riel ($0.5) per day.

The average income of cyclo drivers was about $1.8 per day in the December 2003 survey. Indications are that this figure is still valid.

The average level of education is  primary school (44.3%), secondary school (36.8%), high school 5.3%) and no school (13.2%)

From April 2005 to March 2006 four (4) cyclo drivers died from HIV/AIDS, and two other drivers plus their wives have reported being HIV positive with their subsequent fate being unknown.  There have been several other deaths of drivers over the past year - two from liver cancer, one from alcohol abuse and 2 from accidents.  In addition, about 12 drivers have suffered serious accidents on their cyclos which required medical treatment.  One driver also had his cyclo stolen and it was recovered by the police.

Development and assessment of the Centre’s organisation:

 

Development and assessment of the Centre’s organisation: By March 2006 the Cyclo Centre had already achieved several of its key priorities for the 2005/6 financial year, namely;

  • Becoming an independent Cambodian NGO registered with the Ministry of the Interior from 2 August 2005.

  • Completion of a 3-year Strategic Plan 2005-2008, adopted in October 2005.

  • Achieving  most of the additional funding needed to support the core activities for 2006/7 -  from the Takayama Foundation, Madame Michele Claudel/Iris, and the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation.  In addition, the Centre has committed to funding 20% of the 2006/7 core programme and management through the Cyclo Business Programme profits, and especially the sale of the “Kings of the Road” book.

  • The development of staff organisational procedures which includes sections on the roles and responsibilities of the Cyclo Board members and Cyclo staff;  staff job descriptions and performance indicators and a staff code of conduct; and mediation processes for resolving complaints and concerns from staff and cyclo drivers.   Basic guidelines  to inform the drivers about their opportunities and responsibilities and obligations once they become registered members of the Centre are also included.

Other priorities identified for the 2005/6  financial year to 31 March 2006 were on-going over the 3-year period of the  current Strategic Plan and included:

  • Continuation of the Core Activities projects outlined in this plan.  This involves seeking  additional funding beyond 2006/7 to sponsor these activities and to cover extra costs identified in the strategic plan budget estimates for an annual audit, establishment of a cyclo emergency fund and staff training programme, and possible increases in administration costs and staff salaries.

  • Another new day/core activity being mooted is a general cyclo driver orientation course on English conversation, map reading, road safety rules and behaviour with basic information about tourist sites and development of a drivers' “own tour”.

  • Continuation of the Anti-smoke /Quit Smoke project beyond the contract which ended in July 2006.

  • Seeking further opportunities for on-going HIV/AIDS/STD awareness training and medical referral  for cyclo drivers.

  • Continuation of the Eye Care project with IRIS International. This programme has already been confirmed for 2006/7 and further sponsorship to extend this programme to 2007/8 will be sought.

  • Establishment of a new project on Improving Rural Livelihoods which will include further research and scoping of the project and finding  appropriate training and sponsors.  Scoping this project began in 2005/6 but was delayed because of other priorities that year.

  • Expansion of the Cyclo Business programme activities, largely the Tourist Booking Service and sale of  the “Kings of the Road” book, cyclo T-shirts and further cyclo ventures.

The 2005 assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Cyclo Centre from the 3 year Strategic Plan is shown below:

Strengths

1) The Centre is known, both in Phnom Penh and over much of rural Cambodia, for providing support for, and improving the welfare of, cyclo drivers.

2) The Centre’s registered members continually increase due to the provision of projects and activities which have relevance to improving cyclo drivers’ lives (eg HIV/AIDS/STD awareness, IRIS Eye Care, Health consultations, provision for the maintenance and repair of cyclos and the Tourist Booking service).

3) Centre staff are highly committed and motivated to achieving the objectives and goal of the organization.

4) Cyclo staff and friends of the Centre initiate opportunities to raise funds and promote the Centre, such as the Cyclo Rallies and Booking Services for Tourists.    

 5) The staff involves cyclo drivers in decision-making about current and future activities (stakeholder participation).

6) Programmes which directly benefit cyclo-drivers in Phnom Penh, frequently also benefit their families in the Provinces (savings schemes, health education etc)

 

Weaknesses

1) The Centre operates on a very small budget and many projects rely on  short-term sponsors and associated proposals for implementation. This can become time-consuming.

2) The Centre has lacked a longer-term strategic framework for managing and funding programmes and projects. However the strategic planning process, commenced in 2005, and resulting in the 3-year Strategic Plan 2005-8 which is to be reviewed annually, should overcome this weakness 

3) The Centre is often seen to be an “inferior” programme as it works with those generally outside organised communities and formal employment situations.

4) The Centre sometimes lacks official support from some local authorities although this has improved since Ministry of Interior registration.

5) The Centre’s target group (cyclo drivers, mainly migrants from rural areas) are often “squeezed” at both the rural and urban economy levels making the task of the Cyclo Centre potentially very wide and difficult.

6) Both staff and cyclo drivers have many ideas to improve projects and develop new activities, but implementation of these ideas will be limited by resources available and finding sponsorship for projects.

 

The Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Cyclo ride (2004)

The Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Cyclo Ride

In March the centre organised a very successful sponsored ride between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, which covered over 310 kilometres.

Twelve cyclos were transported to Siem Reap on the 19th and on arrival they toured the town. Cyclos are something of a rarity in Siem Reap and the distinctive green cyclos of the Phnom Penh Cyclo Centre had certainly not been seen there previously. The party was able to visit Angkor Wat and several other temples before, on the morning of the 22nd, setting off on the ride.

The starting point of the ride was the Bayon temple, at the heart of Angkor Thom, and the cyclo drivers passed through Siem Reap  before setting out on Route 6A towards Kampong Thom. Each cyclo was allocated to a pair of drivers, one driving as the other travelled in one of the support vehicles, generously provided by the National Centre for Health Promotion, the World Health Organisation and the Australian Red Cross. Even a couple of kilometres under the rising sun can be taxing, but each cyclo driver pedalled on for ten kilometres before swapping places with his partner and this routine continued throughout each day, with a break for lunch in the hottest hours. Temperatures were usually over 40 Celsius, even in the cycling hours.

If cyclos are unusual in Siem Reap they are unknown on Route 6A and as they made their way slowly south they became the focus of much curiosity, not least from village children who had never seen anything like this convoy before. Perhaps the imagination of more than one little boy has been fired, now he can think of nothing better than being a cyclo driver when he grows up!

The first night’s stop was at a guesthouse in Stung district and after another 6.30 am start the second day was spent on the road to Kampong Thmor district. Everyone was in good spirits and the machines stood up well to continuous use, even when subjected to the occasional ‘wheelie’, which in cyclo driving terms means riding with one wheel (a front one, naturally) clear of the ground. Kampong Thmor district was reached by 5 pm and accommodation was once again provided at a guesthouse. The caravan moved off at 6.30 am prompt the following morning, this time aiming for Skun. It is a mark of the fitness of the cyclo teams (and other centre staff and supporters who provided a cycle escort) and to the quality of the advance planning that there was no need to use the medical facilities provided by the Australian Red Cross. Skun was reached by 11 am and there was no further cycling that day. The respite was well earned. As tarmac replaces laterite Route 6A continues to improve, but it can still be a hot and dusty road and the cyclo is no state-of-the art vehicle constructed of lightweight aluminium. This machine, designed seventy years ago, has a framework of steel tube and lacks even a second gear.

The night of the 24th was spent at Skun and then it was on to Phnom Penh. At 2 pm on the following day all 12 cyclos crossed  the Japanese Bridge and headed for the Wat Phnom and a civic reception. Tired, but very happy, everyone was safely home.

The ride was successful in many ways, not least in the media coverage generated. Both the English language Cambodia Daily and the Phnom Penh Post carried articles, and the Phnom Penh Post featured a full page spread of Rob Joiner’s photographs. At least one Khmer newspaper covered the event too and the Cambodian television channel, CTN, featured it on news broadcasts.

As well as the organisations previously mentioned the centre would like to thank;

  • ADRA for money for transport between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and  food, water and accommodation in Kampong Thmor.
  • Taiwan International Medical Alliance (TIMA) for the contribution towards medical provision, cyclo maintenance, accommodation, food, water, clothing and general expenses.
  • The Balcony Restaurant and Cafe in Siem Reap for food.
  • The Phnom Penh Post for publicity about the ride.
  • Phnom Penh Municipality for liaison with other local authorities and help with the Wat Phnom reception.
  • The many other individual supporters who sponsored the cyclo drivers.

World Health Organisation gives award for the ‘Smoke Free Cyclo’ project (2004)

World Health Organisation give award for 'Smoke Free Cyclo' project

On June 9th 2004 the World Health Organisation gave its first-ever regional community project award to the Phnom Penh Cyclo Centre. Greg Hallen, the World Health Organisation's technical officer for tobacco control said the centre's ‘Smoke Free Cyclo’ project was an outstanding example of a community based project focused on breaking the cycle of tobacco use and poverty. Tobacco addiction is not only a health hazard, but also a waste of money, as many cyclo drivers are aware. 63% of drivers interviewed in recent research said they were smokers, but nine out of ten indicated they wanted to quit.

Most cyclo drivers live on less than $2.00 per day and have to pay around $0.50 (2000Riel) for cyclo rental. Smoking makes them even poorer, with tobacco addiction robbing their family of money desperately needed for more basic needs. Four out of five drivers are married, supporting a wife and four or more children and, sometimes, members of an extended family too.  It is an old saying that ‘a working man’s health is his capital’ and this is certainly true of the cyclo driver.  Should he become ill or die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease, his family may fall further into poverty.

The centre's smoking awareness project was established in conjunction with the Ministry of Health's National Centre for Health Promotion (NCHP). It encourages smoke-free behaviour through counselling and cessation support, as well as providing an incentive to own a smoke-free cyclo and the promote a smoke-free life to others. Smoke-free cyclos are upgraded with safety equipment and decorated with smoke-free logos before being sold to non-smoking drivers at a daily rate equivalent to that normally charged to rent a cyclo. Revenue from sales is used to manufacture more smoke-free cyclos, which means there are steadily increasing numbers on the streets of Phnom Penh. The combined financial benefits of quitting smoking and owning a cyclo may increase a driver’s daily income by up to 40%.

Smoke-free cyclos have become very popular with tourists (drivers who sign up clearly attract more customers) and the smoking awareness programme has been integrated with many key components of the poverty alleviation programme.

In February 2005 the NCHP organised six days of training on the anti-smoking issue. Thirty attendees learnt about the dangers of tobacco use on the first day and, in the rest of the programme, smokers were offered help in planning a cessation strategy. As many tobacco addicts will testify, this is often no easy task.

Cyclo Centre moves towards independent status (2005)

Removed from News page September 2005

Cyclo Centre moves towards independent status

During the past few months planning has being taking place to transform the status of the Centre. Currently it is a semi-autonomous unit within the Urban Resource Centre, but it is hoped it will soon become an independent  NGO. Such a move necessitates the formation of a supervisory Board and the approval of a constitution by the Ministry of the Interior. At the moment a ‘Shadow Board’, chaired by Rob Joiner (see next section), is in existence, which has ratified a draft constitution. This constitution clearly outlines the goals and objectives of the Centre, establishes the staff and supervisory structure and ensures transparency and accountability on a day to day basis. Two Cyclo drivers, elected by their peers, currently sit on the Shadow Board and will have places on the official Board once it is formally established. Board meetings will be conducted in English and Khmer.

The ratified constitution will be submitted to the authorities shortly and, if all goes well, it is anticipated that independent status will be achieved by the end of 2005. We hope to post the constitution on the website once it has been approved by the Ministry of the Interior.

Support from TIMA (2005)

Support from TIMA

Through the World Health Organisation the centre has been fortunate to obtain funding from TIMA, the Taiwan International Medical Alliance. TIMA has paid for a number of new cyclos, which are being sold on to cyclo drivers under the Cyclo Credit programme and the organisation is currently committed to supporting the centre's anti-smoking initiatives throughout most of 2005. Finance is being allocated for training and 200 uniforms will be provided for cyclo drivers to wear when at work.

Outreach activities in combating SDI (2005)

Outreach activities in combating STI

In December 2004 the centre and Population Services International signed a one year work agreement. Population Services International have subsequently trained several cyclo drivers as outreach facilitators to pass on information about the dangers of STI transmission and on the value of Stop Z, a pre-packaged therapy for sufferers of Urethral Discharge.

The 2005 Smoke Free Ride for Life (2005)

The 2005 Smoke-Free Ride for Life

The 2005 Smoke-Free Ride for Life proved to be a great success. At 5.30 am on Wednesday, September 7th, a caravan of cyclos, co-riders enlisted on a ‘paying guest basis’ and support vehicles started out from the Centre, heading over Japanese Bridge towards Kampong Cham. Spirits were high and the weather was kind, cloudy skies bringing the occasional welcome cooling shower. The road to Kampong Cham is good today, making the task of the 30 drivers who rotated duty on the pedals of 20 cyclos, a little easier. Behind them came a wake of barang. A Swede, a Scot, an American and two English riders complementing seven cyclists from New Zealand (is there a group noun for more than six New Zealanders – if not can someone make one up?). There was plenty of other traffic for most of the 124 km journey, because the road also is the main route between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, but careful shepherding by support vehicles, high visibility white T-shirts and prudent lane discipline ensured there were no mishaps. The road was quieter after the Siem Reap turn off, but a very pleasing reception awaited at Kampong Cham, where droves of people turned out to see the arrival of the group, which had been well publicised. The Governor of Kampong Cham, Mr. Hun Neng ensured the security of the ride participants and their vehicles overnight, for which Centre staff would like to express their appreciation.

After a welcome meal and a good night’s sleep the spectacular new Kizuna Bridge was crossed early the following morning. The bridge is featured on the current 500 riel note and if the note is ever re-designed perhaps a cyclo will replace the car! Beyond the bridge the wheelers, today in green T-shirts, rolled on towards Prey Veng. The first part of the road is built high above the Mekong flood plain, offering lovely views across the temporary, rainy season fishing grounds. Then it turns south and passes through many kilometers of rubber plantation, where the trees run off in rows at 90 degrees from the road and silent tappers tend the silent drip of latex. Prey Veng town is about 80 km from Kampong Cham. It is a pleasant little place with a bustling quay and a long promenade in the wet season. It also has cyclos of its own and both the town and the surrounding province have a special link with the Phnom Penh Cyclo Centre, for by far the greatest number of registered drivers have their homes there.

Day three saw the return to Phnom Penh with another early start, a new set of T-shirts (beige this time) and passage through more flooded areas on a good road. The Mekong had to be crossed again, but, as yet, there is no bridge at Neak Loung, only UNTAC-era Danish ferries. Motorised traffic usually takes precedence on these vessels, but when the cyclos arrived they were given VIP status, all loading being halted as they were ushered onboard. It was a matter of first on, first off too, as the cyclos were given priority on disembarkation. The road between Neak Luong and Phnom Penh is still awaiting an upgrade and proved to be busy, but the convoy made good time and rolled into Phnom Penh in mid-afternoon, thus completing the 320 kilometer round trip.

 All in all the ride was a great success and we would like to give special thanks to the Royal Palace which gave us a very generous donation of $ 650 and kramas for all 54 participants in the event. The WHO, NCHP, PSI, ADRA, Red Cross Australia and IRIS International also supported the run and other key donors were TIMA, BB World/Cambodian Scene, CVCD, CFC, and Uy Mey Investments Co.Ltd. Major sponsors contributed cash, support vehicles and medical staff/medicines, clothing, banners, food and water. In addition, including the co-riders, 26 individuals gave cash contributions.

 The rally income was  $1772.50, expenses were $1,334.71, leaving $437.79 to help support the Centre.

2005 Smoke Free Ride for Life

7th, 8th, 9th September

Click on map above to see route

A visit to the Royal Palace (2005)

A visit to the Royal Palace

Anyone walking along 158 Street at dawn on 15th September might have been surprised to see the Centre had already become hive of high activity. They would have been even more surprised if they had discovered the reason, but this did not become apparent until two hundred cylos set off for the riverside. A casual observer may have thought they were off to collect a mammoth tour group, but they were actually going to the Royal Palace, where, along with a hundred other cyclo drivers, they had been invited to enjoy breakfast in the Palace Gardens. It would be hard to overstate the pride, excitement and pleasure each driver felt on passing through the gates. In the next two hours they were treated not only to a meal, but also a tour of the Palace grounds and a moment with King Sihamoni himself, who distributed a gift (including a 50 kg bag of rice) to every driver. Centre staff had a special moment with the King too. The event was covered by the media and made front-page news, complete with photographs in the English language Business News. It was a real milestone in the development of the Centre and the story of the morning will doubtless be told to grandchildren many, many years from now.

 

At the Royal Palace 

 

The first photograph shows cyclo drivers having breakfast in the palace grounds. The second shows Centre staff and three cyclo driver representatives meeting with Mr Kong Samol, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Royal Palace and the last three show Centre staff in audience with King Sihamoni.


 

joy grant (2006)

Removed from News page September 2006

Joy Grant

At the end of April Joy completed her term as a volunteer at the Centre and flew back to New Zealand in early May. Everyone who worked with Joy will testify to the huge contribution she made to the development of the Centre during her time here. We wish to thank Joy for her contribution, wish her well for the future and hope that she keeps in touch.

Reach

Reach

At a Phnom Penh clinic at 6.15 am on April 6th the Centre was pleased to welcome a new member of the team. His name is spelt Reach, but sounds like Ree-a-k (you will need to consult a native Cambodian speaker to get the name exactly right!). He is, of course, the son of Sarany and Ouch Sokpov to whom we send our congratulations.

Rob Joiner the VSA (NZ) Advisor

Rob Joiner, the VSA (NZ) Advisor

As from September 4th 2006, Rob Joiner took over the position previously held by Joy Grant. Rob, a New Zealand photo-journalist, has been 'helping out' at the Centre since 2003. He was previously Chair of the Board, however, his changed status meant he could no longer hold this position and Hallam Goad, who is currently working at the Sakmakun Teang Tnaut, was elected in his stead. Rob is the author of “Kings of the Road – the Cyclos of Phnom Penh”. This lavishly illustrated, 100 page book is available at both the Centre and other outlets in Phnom Penh.

The IRIS 2006 Cyclo Driver initiative

The IRIS 2005 and 2006 Cyclo Driver Initiatives

The 2004 Cyclo Driver Initiative was such a success that the programme was repeated in the following year. The programme for 2005  took place between 25 and 29 October 2005. During the week 332 drivers had their eyes screened and 130 drivers received free eye glasses.  Thirty nine drivers were also identified as requiring surgery.  However, only 13 of these received operations, although three had two operations each for cataract conditions. Many cyclo drivers still fear having eye operations. The wives of three cyclo drivers also took the opportunity to use the Eye-Care service this year.

The 2005 programme also incorporated a visit from the IRIS Asia Field Officer in Sri Lanka, Mr Roger Biggs, and a group from one of IRIS International’s key sponsors, the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation (Hong Kong), including Lord Kadoorie. All of the visitors were pleased with the work the Centre was doing with the Cyclo Drivers.

A year later, during the week of October 16th - 20th 2006, a further series of screenings were held. This time the families of cyclo drivers were included in the remit as a matter of course.

During the week an average of over 70 people per day attended the screening (364 in all) so you can imagine the centre was very busy. This time over three-quarters of those who were screened were found to have eyes requiring remedial attention and were given treatment.  66 people were found to be in need of glasses, which were provided free. 41 attendees had problems so serious that an operation was deemed necessary and were referred to the Municipal Hospital.  All operations, which may be to remove cataracts or deal with other blinding conditions, were, or will be, once again financed by IRIS at no cost to the recipient.

Given the successes of 2004, 2005 and 2006 It is anticipated that further screenings will take place later in 2007.

No Tobacco Day Cyclo Rally

Removed from News page April 2008

No Tobacco Day Cyclo Rally  

In line with its commitment to tobacco control and promoting healthy life-styles among its members, the Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh held a rally to mark World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, 31st May 2007. The ride covered approximately 55 km around the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Cyclo drivers (kitted out in green T shirts and pedalling green cyclos) and support cyclists assembled in the precincts of the Wat Phnom ready for a 7.15 am start. The route took them down Sisowath Quay, Monivong Boulevard and National Road 2 into Kandal Stung District, Kandal Province. They  then turned on to National Road 3, towards the Choam Choa Circle, where they had a meal break. The second leg of the journey was along 271 Street, the long road that skirts the west of the city. Once at the junction with the Russian Confederation Boulevard the rally turned east again and head back to the Wat Phnom where there was a small reception at around 4:00pm. Apart from the obvious mission of creating awareness of tobacco control, the ride was intended to promote and raise funds for the Centre and it was successful in this. Over $950 was raised towards the Centre and we would very much like to thank the following sponsors: TIMA, Oxfam GB, the Cambodia Trust, H.I. (Handicap International) Belgium, Asian Trails, Indochina Travel, CEDAC (the Cambodian Centre for Study and Development in Agriculture), the Maryknoll Sisters and the PCC (Phnom Penh Cyclists).

Both the World Health Organisation and the National Centre for Health Promotion contributed to the rally by providing support vehicles. 

Funding

Funding

1. Funding for the financial year 2007-2008 is now secure thanks to a substantial donation by IRIS and support from Madame Michele Claudel, the Shigeo and Megumi Takayama Foundation (SMTF) and TIMA.

2. Funding for the finacial year 2010-2012 was income from Cyclo City Tour Service and some donation from personal donation to support CCCA everyday Activities. 

3. Funding for the finacial year 2013-2014 was income from Cyclo Tour shirt selling, Cyclo City Tour Service, Cyclo Fair, and some personal donation.

Rob Joiner

Removed from News page April 2009

Rob Joiner

At the end of March 2008 the Centre said goodbye to Rob, who is returning to New Zealand. Rob had a long association with the Centre and contributed in many ways. His photographs, which were published on a number of occasions in the Phnom Penh Post, helped raise the profile of the Centre. They also formed the basis of 'Kings of the Road', a book featuring cyclo drivers and their lifestyles, which is widely sold in Phnom Penh and beyond. He was Chair of the Board until he resigned, in September 2006, to take over from Joy Grant as the VSA (NZ) advisor.

We would like to thank Rob for all his hard work and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.

Cyclo Rally 2008

Cyclo Rally 2008

The Cyclo Rally, which was in support of the upcoming 2008 World No Tobacco Day on May 31st, was a great success. Altogether 20 cyclo drivers, sharing 10 machines, departed at 6.30 am from Phnom Penh on Friday, May 2nd. As they headed south along National Route 1, riding along with them, on two wheelers, were 10 expat and 3 Cambodian pedalistas. After crossing the Mekong at Neak Loung (by ferry – still no bridge there yet) the caravan headed for Prey Veng, where everyone rested for the night, the cyclo drivers finding accommodation at a pagoda. Saturday morning saw the big wheels turning towards Kampong Cham, passing through the dam cher kazoo (rubber tree) plantations before joining National Route 7, turning west and crossing the Kizuna Bridge. A good nights’ sleep in Kampong Cham set everybody up for the last leg, the Sunday haul back to Phnom Penh. The participants, tired but triumphant arrived at the Wat Phnom at 5 in the afternoon. Congratulations to everybody and special thanks to the following organisations and individuals for their support; WHO, TIMA, NCHP, Handicap International Belgium, PSI, Cambodian Movement for Health, Intrepid Travel, Travel IndoChina, Kozue Friend, Mr and Mrs Brian Ponter and Kate.

2008 Smoke Free Ride for Life

2nd, 3rd and 4th of May

Click on map above to see route

 

  

 


Cyclo Survey Report 2008

Cyclo survey report  January 2008

In 2007 local NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut was given funding by the German organisation Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) to look at the situation of informal housing in Phnom Penh. The study, called 'Living on the edge', focussed on 3 different groups - garment factory workers, cyclo drivers and street dwellers. This coincided with the Cyclo Centre's own survey of drivers, which is carried out every four years, and it was decided to combine the research. As a result of the survey a document was produced in January 2008. The text of the introductory page is reproduced below.

 

Click on the thumbnails below see the pages of the report

 

     

 

     


The survey this time included interviews with 300 drivers (252 in 2004, 179 in 2000) which were carried out during August 2007 by a team of 16 including Cyclo Centre staff, STT staff, Cyclo riders and various International volunteers who interviewed Cyclos in each of the 4 central Khans. In addition interviews were carried out for the first time with the Cyclo 'houses' (which rent cycles and sometimes provide accommodation). Overall numbers of Cyclos were gauged by asking Cyclo 'houses' how many Cyclos they had on average and by carrying out a night time survey of street venues where other Cyclos gather to sleep at night. The survey also looked at issues such as smoking, alcohol and drug usage, general health and use of the Cyclo Centre itself.

Acknowledgements

Those involved in the survey included the following;

Nouv Sarany, Pal Holy, Im Sambath and Rob Joiner at the Cyclo centre. Voen Sovan, Lao Soven, Va Thoeun and all the Cyclo drivers who assisted. Hallam Goad and the student volunteers from Sahmakum Teang Tnaut and finally for the editing help from Brett and Rebekah (working with Jesuit Service Cambodia).

Cyclo Centre Coordinator's Summary

Numbers are substantially down; Tourism is the key to the future livelihoods

Cyclo drivers, one of the icons of Phnom Penh, are becoming a rarer site. This survey has clearly shown that the past 4 years has seen a steady drop in numbers. Reasons for this include increased car and moto use but in particular the rise of the Tuk Tuk (3 wheeler taxi). In addition the Cyclo life is hard and therefore unattractive to the young Cambodians coming to the city to find a living. There are many more alternatives, not least being a motodop or Tuk Tuk driver (for those who can afford it). It is also telling that although the cost of living in Phnom Penh has risen substantially over the past four years, the reported earnings for the cycles have dropped. Instead of being a main component of city transport the Cyclo drivers now mainly make their living in the core area of the city providing short journey trips to the market for local customers and city tours for tourists.

This is one promising sign for the Cyclos - that tourism has increased providing a new lucrative market. The Centre has played a key role in capturing this market by forging links with various local Tour companies which provide a 'Cyclo Tour' as part of their package to customers in the city. The Tourist Booking Service' is now one of the Centre's main focuses and will be a mainstay of their work in 2008 and beyond.

The Rural Livelihood Initiative

The Rural Livelihood Initiative

Currently the Centre is seeking funding support and training sponsorship to pilot a new approach to improving the livelihood of selected cyclo drivers. Through this initiative it is proposed  that a small number of cyclo-drivers (a total of 15 in 2 provinces, Prey Veng and Svay Rieng) will learn ways of diversifying their families'  income through developing new income-generating activities on family or commune land. This would have the double benefit of building an individual cyclo driver's work skills and giving them the opportunity to stay in the provinces, while assisting their families to be more self-supportive, even if the cyclo driver chose to continue to work seasonally in Phnom Penh. In addition, this programme would enable trained cyclo drivers to pass on new skills and ideas to both other village or commune families and other rural cyclo drivers.

 

International Post Day

International Post Day

This was celebrated at Phnom Penh Post Office where a line of cyclos added a touch of nostalgic atmosphere.

Iris Eye Screening

IRIS Eye Screening

On Monday 13th of October 2008 a banner was once again draped over Street 158 to encourage cyclo drivers to have their eyes tested during the Iris eye screening week . On each subsequent day a constant stream of drivers (and members of their families too) took a seat, covered one eye and began the process of testing their sight. As last year T-shirts were given out that carried further encouragement for cyclo drivers to make use of the facilities being offered. The opportunity  was also taken to offer consultation for other medical problems so, as you can imagine the centre was very busy, with staff 'kicked out' of their office for the duration!

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