Marum – ‘Tree of life’ opens in Siem Reap

Today Marum, our new training restaurant in Siem Reap, opens its doors to the public. Restaurants and Friends are inextricably linked – back in August 1994 Sebastien Marot was leaving one in Phnom Penh when he stumbled over children sleeping rough on the street. That was the moment he made a decision to do something about this situation and to set up an organization which would work with those children to build a real future for them.

Marum Restaurant

Marum Restaurant at night

Eighteen years later Friends provides social support, education and training to 60,000 children a year, like those above, who have been pushed onto the margins of society. The training includes vocational training, and our other training restaurants, Friends the Restaurant, Romdeng and Makphet have become internationally renowned for the quality of their service. They are probably the most public ‘face’ of the work of Friends, and by eating there people are aware they are supporting a young person on their journey to a better future.

Marum Restaurant

Street view of Marum Restaurant

Training in Marum will mean that the skills the young students gain there will stand them in good stead when they graduate and go on into employment in the fast-growing hospitality sector in Cambodia. The profits from Marum will also support that training and the other work our Kaliyan Mith program in Siem Reap does with children, young people, families and communities.

Marum Student Kitchen

A Student working in the Marum kitchen

Marum is also part of our TREE Alliance – Training Restaurants for Employment and Entrepreneurship – our brand new initiative giving other NGOs the opportunity to use the successful Friends model to increase their impact, be more sustainable and help more young people into fulfilling lives.

Kor Ko Soup with River Fish Wonton and Marum Leaf

Kor Ko Soup with River Fish Wonton and Marum Leaf

The name Marum comes from the Moringa, also known as the ‘Tree of Life’ – very appropriate, as by dining there customers will be helping to build new and better lives for the students who are training there.


Siem Reap, Cambodia

Between Wat (Pagoda) Polanka and Catholic Church, #8A, B
Website: TREE Alliance – Marum
Telephone: +(855) 17 363 284

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4 Responses

  1. Ian Brookes says:

    But nowhere in this news letter do you state the address for Marun nor do you show any locality map so how can your friends help to publicice Marun?

    Best regards. Ian (Sydney, Australia)

  2. Lotte Ghielen says:

    Wonderful news!! Good luck with Marum!

  3. On behalf of the Kelly Ann Brown Foundation, CONGRATULATIONS! We were happy to support this project.
    All the best,
    Debra K. Hannula
    Chair, Kelly Ann Brown Foundation

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