Documenting Our Story – Part 1
The Red Road has arrived back in Cambodia!! After spending a few days making contacts and meeting with The Daughters of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, we’ve made our way to Kep to begin viewing plots of land.
Our first contact was with a friend, Pon, who is working in foster care here in Kep. He showed us our first few plots and explained the different ways we can go about pumping water, wells, solar panels, building structures and so on..
In Cambodia, they sell in hectors which is just over 2 acres. This plot was one hector and in a farming community.
In the process of exploring the Kep Province, we met a great man BK. He took us to a property 30 minutes from a place in the next Province up, Kampot. This is a much bigger town with better access to building supplies, medical attention and volunteer recruiting. He was insistent that he help us find land for the local discount. He has many resources amongst the community and has already drawn upon many of them to set us up with land owners, transportation, a moto ( The Red Road Foundation’s first asset) and construction workers/ discounts.
He found us a hector of prime land for farming, in a village with no school, where there is access to water from the mountain and next door to the chief of the commune. This land is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Our favorite so far. It will cost us the local rate of $4500. There is a man up the road who can prepare it for farming at the price of $600. This is a great option for us.
We’ve spent the last two weeks in Kampot, Cambodia. We moved up here after finding the magnificent piece of land that we’ve posted above. We have learned that Kampot is a glorious place. The infrastructure here is really taking off and there are numerous people who live here from all over the world. At first the town didn’t seem so impressive, but now we have found rapids, waterfalls, hidden temples, gorgeous river beaches and mountain caves. The villagers are truly the happiest people I have ever seen with the least amount of material goods that I have ever seen. They are a true inspiration. Our dear friend BK that I spoke of earlier is truly helping us on the legal matters, getting local deals and land finding. In the mindset of not jumping for the first wonderful piece of land we saw in Kampot, we have been searching properties and different areas all around Kampot to see what is available. Because of the growing amount of resorts and guesthouses, along with a two million dollar hospital they just built it makes sense that land prices are rising. We found many plots around town and into the mountains but the prices are sky rocketing up to $30, 000 to $50, 000 for a hector because so many westerners are looking to buy here. We went down to the local Land Management office and talked to the man who is in charge of land sales, land development, GPS coordinates of land and hard titles to property. Funny enough, he told us our best option is the original piece of land that we fell in love with. It is thirty to forty minutes from town, but it is in the middle of two glorious villages that are truly filled with beautiful hearted people who love to smile as we drive through. We put a $300 deposit down on the land, we met our neighbor who works at an orphanage in town and loves our idea, we discussed the matters with the Chief of the Commune and got our papers stamped that we are residents of the village and opened bank accounts!! We have a meeting coming up that will have our Site Manager, Chief of Commune, Land Management Director, Owner of the Land, Our Communications Director and myself. This will be a big meeting for us and we should get all the information we need and be on the same page with everyone after this. Following the meeting we will arrange a meeting with the governor and tell him of our plans. Progress!!! 🙂 I love it! Not to mention, my Khmer is coming along quite nicely, as I learn a few words everyday. 🙂