Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organization (KAKO), our partner in Cambodia, is a non-profit organisation that runs several projects that focus on education in some of the poorest villages in Siem Reap province. These projects include preschools, village libraries and a secondary school scholarship programme.
In 2015 KAKO started a new programme, focusing on higher education. The goal of the programme was to help determined secondary school graduates continue on to tertiary education without financial barriers getting in the way.
The programme began when KAKO approached Philanthropy Connections about supporting one of their secondary school scholarship students who wanted to continue her studies after her graduation. Their hope was that she would be the first university scholarship student, and that more students would follow in her path.
Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organization (KAKO) aims to fulfill an integral role in providing the youth of Siem Reap Province with access to education. KAKO runs a secondary school scholarship programme that makes it possible for children from the province’s neediest families to continue their studies.
In 2015 a girl named Dok Srei-ny became KAKO’s first secondary school scholarship student to successfully complete high school. Srei-ny’s achievement was the inspiration behind creating a university scholarship programme to help her and hopefully many other graduates continue their education in pursuit of a profession that will give them more chances in life.
The tertiary scholarship programme helps recipients by covering the costs of school tuition, school uniforms, stationery, textbooks and food.
Goals and Results
In November 2015 the first tertiary scholarship student, Dok Srei-ny, started a four-year course in finance and banking at the University of South-East Asia in Siem Reap. Srei-ny’s dream is to get a job in microfinance so that she can help people living in her village start businesses of their own and gain financial independence.
In 2016 the second tertiary scholarship student, Cheun Hean, started a four-year course in accounting.