The purpose of the Community First Exchange is to provide a platform for changemakers to connect and share ideas. Any given project or discussion will have a variety of groups, organizations, and individuals involved. Look below to see where you may fit and how you can begin getting involved.

Service clubs

Your service club can help improve thousands of lives at the time by working with Community First. While most service clubs promote fellowship, all agree on the importance of service projects.

Lions, Rotarians, Kiwanis, Optimists and other natural-born changemakers are welcome to join us to seek ways in which we can join forces to make the change happen.

Example: the Pasadena (CA) Rotary Club’s 200 plus members teamed up and successfully raised $25,000 from within their communities to help the villagers of Sen Sok build their first deep-water well network which today serves 10,000 people

Educational Institutions

No matter the educational level, your institution and its students & faculty can help bring poverty to an end by contributing from the school, or in person and onsite.

  • Multi-year curriculum (any grade or level)
  • School projects (any grade or level)
  • Internships (post high school only)
  • Volunteering (15 yrs and up)

Example: California State University Los Angeles is now Community First’s primary partner involved in the development of a practical aquaponic solutions which will benefit thousands of villagers throughout rural Cambodia.


The beauty of the Exchange is that you do not have to come to Cambodia to make an impact here. As an individual, you can start discussions, join ongoing projects, and share any documents or media that you think could be of potential use.

Example: Community First Exchange Member and Volunteer Brandon Schell shared an article about Barrel Aquaponics on the Exchange. Brandon also shared an open-source step-by-step manual for creating a simple and cheap aquaponics system that can be used in a developing country.

We’re always looking for help on research projects. Can you, your friends or students do this for the people we help?

  1. Lacquer churner
  2. Aquaponics sensor array
  3. Just-in-time SMS-based inventory system farmers
  4. Natural Pyrethrum-based pesticides
  5. Efficient Microorganisms: Do they improve soil quality? What type of mix should be used?
  6. Foods that reduce risks of diabetes and hypertension
  7. Bio-methane as energy for refrigeration units
  8. Aquaponics for Developing Countries