Deep within the Jungle of the Cardamon Mountains Lim lives with his family, and what he is doing will more than inspire you…
Nearly 3 hours beyond the paved streets, markets and store fronts from the nearest town of Koh Kong, Lim bought land and began the process of building a home and multiple guest house almost 2 years ago. As we ate, what I would call a feast fit for kings, he explained, “I worked far away from Osam (his new home site) so I would spend a week at a time working as fast as I could to clear land and build my home.” This was a labor of love with sights set on the future.
With civilization and big industry quickly exploiting the jungle resources all the while encroaching on the people of Cardamon Mountains its very clear the community of Osam has gone through some drastic changes over the past few years. Lim is a leader who takes action helping both his community and his family by keeping everyone involved.
Hopping on my bike we set off for a quick ride around the community. With only a few visible houses from the road you would never guess that Osam was home to over 1500 people. He directed me as I drove, “Go straight here and I will show you the school that we just built”. There sat a modest school for children. Next to it was more construction for the second school house, as well as a slab just poured for a library.
Oasam is home to more than just people, its home to thousands of different species of plants and animals, including the critically endangered Siamese Crocodile. He went on to explain that in the past the crocodile were never harmed by the locals and their space was respected, therefore they never harmed any humans in the area. We stopped at a crossroad to take a look back at the valley below. It was a beautiful sight but the scar that progress has put on natures beauty was as clear as day.
Its easy to get lost in the Jungle. If you just take a moment its so easy to get lost in the stunning sights, sounds and purity of this space. Lost in the peaceful elegance masquerading as simplicity. Please understand natures grand design as well as the people of the jungle are anything from simple. There are so many symbiotic relationships in the world that we can’t begin to comprehend. Seems to me that our existence with the earth is less and less symbiotic these days. Knowing the changes that have taken place over the past 5 years in the Cardamon Mountain Jungle it saddens me to think what could be the result of the next 5 without people like Lim.
Lim knows that the old ways of the jungle are no longer legal and viable ways to survive. That’s why I call him a man with a plan. Education, community involvement and sustainability are top objectives and I’m proud to say that Janell, Sibley and I support Lims plan for the future. Together we have purchased 40 chickens for him to start a demonstration site for the community. There he will have enough chickens to continue to support his guest house business and teach the people of the community how to raise, feed and grow stock. This animal husbandry is a small step in a big plan but its a step none the less. Side note; In the future he plans to have horses to help with his Eco Tours- sounds like fun to me! Anything worth doing takes time and effort, and Lim is ALL IN!
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Cheers and ADV on!