tChamps

tChamps believes that truly sustainable community development can only be achieved by empowering locals to be the change-makers in their own communities. They are in a partnership with Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF), an NGO dedicated to empowering disadvantaged children through a range of programmes. tChamps members strive to develop leadership and personal skills in order to better mentor Cambodian students for community development projects, in order that they are able to start sustainable community intervention projects within their own communities. Crucially, tChamps advocates thought-leadership in the areas of sustainable and ethical overseas community development, in its stance against voluntourism.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.