Volunteers from around the world were asked to nominate which books they recommended for volunteers to read in a web-base poll. While many books were put forward, the overwhelming majority of respondents included 'Unsung Heroes Cambodia' as the Best Book for Volunteers. Furthermore the book was clear winner in the subcategory of the Best Book for Volunteers in Cambodia.
Co-author and founder of the project, Lee Anderson, stated, “This award comes as a very nice surprise … which is unexpected but most appreciated.”
From the estimated 3,000 NGOs working in Cambodia today, this book singles out a selection of 40 NGOs from areas different geographically as well as area of focus. From basic human needs such as food, water and shelter to healthcare, education, sustainable business and the arts. It covers the wide range of work that is helping Cambodia recover from the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge.
The feature stories on each volunteer or project are inspiring as well as educational. Volunteers and potential volunteers will learn more about the complexities and ethical dilemmas involved in volunteering abroad, as well as how to avoid them.
“There are many, many unsung heroes in Cambodia and their stories deserve to be celebrated,”
The survey, conducted amongst a small group of volunteers living in Europe, North America, Australia, and Southeast Asia resulted in exceptionally high ratings for the book in the following Categories:
Information for Volunteers,
Education about Cambodia, and
Education for Volunteers.
In addition, ‘Unsung Heroes Cambodia’ received Very Good ratings for Travel Photography and Motivation.
“’UNSUNG HEROES CAMBODIA: People and Projects Making a Difference’ is an excellent book and is selling well in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap,” according to William Bagley of Monument Bookstores. It is a valuable resource and Volunteer Guide as it simplifies researching options by providing direct links to good projects.
“We selected the best projects for volunteers in Cambodia, based on a diverse criteria and it was very difficult to choose between the many, many good projects,” stated Anderson.
Projects range from large multinational organizations to single person start-ups.
A grassroots approach as well as Khmer involvement and following best practice NGO policies was important. The book provides perspective on work that has been done to date by volunteers in Cambodia and what still remains to be done.
SHARING THE HONOUR WITH VOLUNTEERS
In honour of winning this award the book will be available on Amazon at a dramatically reduced price.
“Even though this book is a not-for-profit that raises funds for the 40 NGOs in the book, we also care deeply about raising awareness, which is why we are offering the discounted price to make it available to everyone interested in volunteering,”
For only day only - June 19 - the book will be available at 30% off on Amazon.com
Additionally, it will include a FREE copy of 'How to Help in Cambodia: an eBook Guide for Volunteers, Travellers and Donors.'
There is a bonus of 5 silk scarves from Cambodia available with orders of 10 books.
"It's our way of saying thank you - to the volunteers that this book is about and for - as well as to those who hold this book in such high esteem so as to vote for it as the Best Book for Volunteers."
More information is available on the website www.UnsungHeroes.net.au as well as on the book’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/