Meals on wheels for residents in virus-hit Cambodia

Cambodian cyclo taxi driver Chim Prich is used to ferrying around tourists in the buzzy capital of Phnom Penh.

But due to the global health crisis, he’s delivering meals on wheels instead.

The crisis has had devastating impact on global travel - with tourist numbers drastically down, and the drivers' incomes cut.

They've now swapped passengers for a mobile food bank, complete with food, water and essential daily items.

The initiative includes 10, colorful, hand-painted pantries placed atop the cyclos that are then stationed across various points in the city - so those in need can take, and those who have the means can donate.

"I think this 'take what you need, donate what you can' project is very important for poor people and me. Thanks to the kindness of those more fortunate who provided these foods and necessities, I can deliver them to poor people like trash collectors, beggars, street sweepers and anyone else who is struggling to make enough money to buy food. They can come here and pick it up."

21-year-old student, Hao Taing, came up with the idea after seeing the cyclo drivers struggle.

He hopes the initiative will help Cambodia's iconic cyclos survive these turbulent times.

For their efforts Taing's organization, which relies on donations, pays the drivers a small wage to deliver essentials to help the city’s most vulnerable people.

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