Scholarships for Cambodian Girls

Scholarships for Cambodian Girls

Project Details

Project:Scholarships for Cambodian Girls
Partner:
Location:Siem Reap,
Sponsorship Started:2012
Duration:November 2012 - ongoing
Budget: €785 ($885)
Total Beneficiaries:8
 students

Summary

Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organization (KAKO), our partner in Cambodia, is a non-profit organisation that runs several projects aimed at improving education. This includes running preschools, scholarships and libraries that reach out to some of the poorest villages in Siem Reap Province.

In 2003 KAKO launched a scholarship programme for hard-working students ages 12 to 20 who came from underprivileged backgrounds. The scholarship would give these students the opportunity to complete their education and open the door to better-paying jobs that would have previously been harder – if not impossible – to qualify for.

In 2012 KAKO approached Philanthropy Connections (PCF) to support students selected for the scholarship programme. That same year we were able to begin finding sponsors for the students, and from sponsoring 8 students we are now supporting 53.

Background

Poverty is one of the main reasons behind low school attendance. Families, especially in rural areas, have little incentive to keep their children in school when they can work in the field and earn an income. Girls in particular need to take care of household chores, watch over their siblings and support the head of the household. These factors often take priority, leaving some children unable to complete their education.

In rural areas only 53% of children ages six to 18 years old completed the 2014/2015 academic year; of these only 15% completed secondary school (1). Dropouts after primary school are also largely due to families being unable to afford school fees.

The KAKO scholarship takes the financial burden off of families by paying for students’ school fees, uniforms, and stationery. It also directly assists the family by providing them with rice as compensation for income lost from their children not working, as well as a bicycle for the beneficiary to cycle to school. The programme makes it possible for more children to finish primary and secondary school and qualify for higher paying jobs in the future.

As an additional incentive, scholarship students and their families are also given priority in receiving a toilet built next to their house, which is part of an ongoing toilet sanitation project run by KAKO and PCF.

1. Ministry of Education (2015). Education Statistic and Indicators 2014 – 2015 [PDF], EMIS Office, Department of Planning, Phnom Penh, page 55.

Goals and Results

Since 2012 we have found sponsors to finance a total of ten scholarship students.

Students supported through PCF from 2015 to date

  1. Hun Sopeaktra: Stopped Oct ’19 – she completed her studies
  2. Seung Daleen: Stopped in 2018 – got support from another NGO
  3. Phal Srei-Eng: Stopped in 2015 – did not meet KAKO requirements
  4. Reoun Kompeak            
  5. Harn Hea: Starts in 2020
  6. Hoeng Voleak: Starts in 2020

Students supported through PCF from 2012 to 2016:

Cheun Hean, supported from 2012 to 2016. Cheun Hean graduated in 2016 and then continued onto university! In 2016, she started studying accountancy on a university scholarship provided by PCF.

Dok Srei-ny, supported from 2012 to 2015. Srei-ny was the first KAKO scholarship student to successfully complete secondary school. In November 2015 she started a four-year course in finance and banking at the University of South East Asia in Siem Reap. Her college tuition is taken care of through another PCF scholarship programme. She dreams of having a job in microfinance to help people in her village to start businesses of their own and to open up her own business in the future.

Te Saveoun, supported from 2012 to 2014. Saveoun went up for her final examination of secondary school in 2014, but did not pass. Instead she started working as a cook assistant at a restaurant in Siem Reap. Saveoun’s studies, although unfinished, ultimately helped her get the restaurant job.

Pong Pea-Reas, supported from 2012 to 2013. Like Saveoun, Pea-Reas chose a different path before completing secondary school and instead studied to be a cook in Siem Reap. She completed the course in 2013, got married shortly thereafter, and now works at a hotel. In 2015 Pea-Reas gave birth to a healthy baby boy and is very happy.

Sponsors

  • KiddyColors – The Netherlands (2012 – 2015): € 575
  • Anonymous – The Netherlands (2012 – 2014): € 515
  • Anonymous – The Netherlands (2012 – 2016): € 1.030
  • Anonymous – The Netherlands bicycles and shoes for other students: € 335
  • Reineke Bakhoven – The Netherlands (2015 – 2017): € 2.378
  • Reineke Bakhoven – The Netherlands (2019 – 2020): € 785

What's Been Happening Recently

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We extend our gratitude to Willem and Erica, Loopkoets, Annabelle, Barkruk, Stichting Wees, Stichting Ochtendstond, and ATJ for supporting these young children.

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Exciting news! Thanks to your support, 135 children aged 3 to 5 in five remote rural villages in Cambodia can now attend preschool classes. Since 2013, weve been backing these village preschools, giving these young ones an essential head start.
Before this, many of these children spent their days at home with grandparents or relatives while their parents worked. Sadly, they missed out on the crucial foundation that preschools offer, as well as the extra nutrition and health check-ups provided by the schools. Together, were changing that!
We extend our gratitude to Willem and Erica, Loopkoets, Annabelle, Barkruk, Stichting Wees, Stichting Ochtendstond, and ATJ for supporting these young children.
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On this special day, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the committed educators, who are shaping the future of children, not only within our borders but also across the globe.

Philanthropy Connections is delighted to support educational projects that empower and uplift more than 200 teachers across Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Through initiatives by our partners such as Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center (BNSCLC), Foundation for Applied Linguistics (FAL), Friends Without Borders (FWB), Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organisation (KAKO), Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC), Lahu Women Organization (LWO), and Fortune Community Health Group (FCHG), we aim to bring about positive changes in the lives of these unsung heroes and, through them, in the lives of the thousands of children they teach with enthusiasm and care.

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On this special day, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the committed educators, who are shaping the future of children, not only within our borders but also across the globe.
Philanthropy Connections is delighted to support educational projects that empower and uplift more than 200 teachers across Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
Through initiatives by our partners such as Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center (BNSCLC), Foundation for Applied Linguistics (FAL), Friends Without Borders (FWB), Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organisation (KAKO), Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC), Lahu Women Organization (LWO), and Fortune Community Health Group (FCHG), we aim to bring about positive changes in the lives of these unsung heroes and, through them, in the lives of the thousands of children they teach with enthusiasm and care.
Visit our website: https://philanthropyconnections.org/project_type/education/ to learn more about the impactful projects weve undertaken to enhance education and support our teachers. Your continued support fuels our mission to create a brighter and more equitable future through education.
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This incredible journey was made possible, all thanks to the generous support of our sponsor and former volunteer, Melanie Naegeli and her family. Their dedication not only empowered Dok Srei-ny but now plays a pivotal role in shaping a brighter future for others.

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Ten years ago we supported Dok Srei-ny with an education scholarship for the last 3 years of her secondary school. And recently, after a wait of 4 years, she just received her diploma from University of South East Asia in Siem Reap!
Today, Dok Srei-ny is giving back, as a grade 4 at Stung Preah Srok Primary School (one of 4 remote rural village schools we support in Cambodia). Its inspiring to see her not only achieving her dreams but also contributing to the education of others.
This incredible journey was made possible, all thanks to the generous support of our sponsor and former volunteer, Melanie Naegeli and her family. Their dedication not only empowered Dok Srei-ny but now plays a pivotal role in shaping a brighter future for others. 
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KAKO!

What excellent news! We‘re very proud of Dok Srey Ny‘s journey and wish her and her pupils nothing but health and happiness.

We are so proud of you, Srey Ny, and thank you Philanthropy Connections for your support for Sreyny. It's always good to see she's growing and even better to see her contribution back to the society. Again, thank you all donors :)

Srey Ny!

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