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

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𝗪𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗗𝗡'𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧 𝗔 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗜𝗡 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗡...? 📖✏️

130 children, from 3 to 5 years old, in five remote rural villages in Cambodia can join village preschool classes which we have been supporting since 2013.

Prior to this, these young children were looked after by grandparents or relatives at home, while their parents would go out to earn a living. Not only would they miss out on the solid foundation that preschools bring but also on the extra nutrition and the health monitoring that the schools provide.

This preschool education ensures that children will be well prepared for primary school; the first step towards better chances in life.

See more about the KAKO pre-schools in this endearing video:
WOULDN'T YOU WANT A STRONG START IN LIFE FOR THESE CHILDREN...?

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We think 'they deserve better than the circumstances they live in'.

That's why we support these young students, in total 63 children in rural Cambodia. We give them scholarships so that they can create better chances in life, for themselves and for their families. And when they succeed.... Wow... that feels so good!

Thank you Anthony Mann and Reineke Bakhoven for so generously supporting this wonderful project.

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𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗗𝗢 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗞 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗦𝗘𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗦? 
We think they deserve better than the circumstances they live in. 
Thats why we support these young students, in total 63 children in rural Cambodia. We give them scholarships so that they can create better chances in life, for themselves and for their families. And when they succeed.... Wow... that feels so good!
Thank you Anthony Mann and Reineke Bakhoven for so generously supporting this wonderful project.
#Kako

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Thank you so much for helping these girls in Cambodia.

𝗪𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗗𝗡'𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧 𝗔 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗜𝗡 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗡...?

In five remote rural villages in Cambodia, 130 children attend local community preschool classes which we have been supporting since 2013.

Without this, they would not only miss out on the solid foundation that preschools bring but also on the extra nutrition and the health monitoring that the schools provide.

Early childhood education prepares them for primary school, without which these children would lag far behind their peers who did go to preschool. In far too many cases, they would then drop out of school.

We would like to thank Annigje Jacobs and Brice Godard for volunteering to travel, film and interview the KAKO project team and the students!

Learn more about this project in Cambodia here:
philanthropyconnections.org/project/preschools-in-cambodia

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