Ode to the Princess

Humble, kind, funny and generous. These are a just a few words to describe Princess Ermine Norodom of the kingdom of Cambodia.

Ermine has been instrumental in helping the koya project make a footprint in Cambodia. She has opened doors, seamlessly linking our project to the right people and places for maximum impact.

All because she believes in us and what we do. It is people like Ermine that enable us to achieve our mission of tackling world hunger one community at a time.

When she’s not creating prosperous partnerships, Ermine runs her own charity called Shanty Town Spirit .


She tirelessly champions the cause of slum communities in and around Phnom Penh, supporting those who would otherwise be forgotten with access to essential education and healthcare.

In a world often filled with self-important narcissists, Ermine is a beacon of hope for the poor, the hungry, the sick and the uneducated. It is through her own empowerment she sets the tone for inspiring empowerment in others. By helping to meet some of the basic needs of the poor, she builds the platform for children and their families to aspire to reach for their goals and dreams.

For Ermine, education is the fundamental key to transcending poverty. If one family member can get an education or technical training, then they have a greater chance of obtaining a better job and a higher wage, and hence a better quality life.


At koya, we too believe in empowerment through education. That’s why we choose to work with kids teaching them new knowledge and skills in aquaponics and food production. This is our methodology for challenging world famine.  Empower the upcoming generation with the know-how and you affect future generations for years to come.

We are very grateful to Ermine for all her support and encouragement. You are an inspiration and remind us to keep striving to be better versions of ourselves.  You show us that one person truly can make a phenomenal difference in the lives of so many.

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