Bangkok Airways will donate $500 per month for the next year to The Cambodia Daily Mosquito Net Campaign as part of the airline’s continued humanitarian efforts in Cambodia, a spokeswoman for the company said Wednesday.
“People need mosquito nets, because most people in Cambodia don’t have the privilege of sleeping in [an enclosed] house,” said Nandhika Varavarn, senior director of communications at the airline’s head office in Bangkok.
The cumulative effect of the donation will buy 1,200 nets for rural Cambodians. Dr Duong Socheat, head of the National Malaria center, was glad to hear of the donation, which could save as many as 3,600 lives.
“If they can do that, it will be a big help to our cause,” he said. “We would like to say thanks to Bangkok Airways.”
The airline spends nearly $50,000 per year on humanitarian efforts, including other projects in Cambodia, Varavarn said.
Bangkok Airways donated blankets and other necessities to help victims of last year’s heavy flooding. The airline also makes donations to an orphanage in Siem Reap, she said.
“We do not think we are too much of a ‘profit-taking’ company,” she said. “We give a lot back from our budget….And this is a worthwhile cause.”