Transforming Lives

Thai celebrities help spread the word on the dangers of keeping wildlife animals as pets.

Demand for wildlife products in China and Southeast Asia is driving many species toward extinction. Taking the spotlight off themselves, celebrities in the region are helping to shine a light on the issue.

A villager works in mangrove forest preservation in Koh Kong, Cambodia.

Mangrove trees serve as a buffer between land and sea in Cambodia, helping to prevent soil erosion and protect livelihoods. They are also vital to conserving the environment because they serve as a carbon “sink”—storing more carbon than they release.

Electric tricycles are replacing gasoline-run tricycles on Boracay Island in the Philippines.

Quiet and clean, e-trikes are all the rage on the streets of Borocay Island in the Philippines. These electric-powered bikes are replacing ubiquitous gasoline-operated tricycles that are one of the main sources of transportation

Tania Khatun and her children enjoy watching the solar-powered television.

Tania Khatun and her family have seen their quality of life improve at the flip of a switch. No longer in the dark, she and her children are enjoying cooler nights and more enjoyable and productive evenings thanks to the sun’s rays collected through new solar panels.

Narat Suchartsunthorn participates in a workplace simulation to apply classroom skills in a real world situation.

Classroom instruction doesn’t always prepare students for real world work challenges and conditions, but universities and vocational colleges in Asia’s Lower Mekong subregion are staying ahead of the curve. They are bringing industry and technology into the schools.

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Last updated: November 23, 2018

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