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

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Last Friday we put our Cambodian partner KAKO in the spotlight.

During our ten-year partnership, we have supported their six preschools, five village libraries, the construction of more than 200 toilets, over 60 primary and secondary scholarship students per year and their operating costs.

𝗪𝗵𝘆? 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗵𝘆….
... See MoreSee Less

𝗦𝗢, 𝗪𝗛𝗢 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗔𝗗𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡?
[Answer: probably no one]

Admin is not the most appealing of topics but without funding administration costs of our partner KAKO, their projects could not be implemented.

KAKO manages 6 preschool classes for a total of 130 children aged 3 to 5 years old, in five remote rural villages in Cambodia. They built hundreds of toilets to improve sanitation, and with that, the hygiene and health situation in numerous villages, and over 100 underserved children can attend primary and secondary school thanks to scholarships, of which we finance 64.

Without qualified staff and an office from where they can manage the projects and handle the complex local legislation, these vital programmes would simply disappear.

Thank you to the anonymous sponsor who acknowledges that ‘administration’ does not sound very exciting but it is essential to run these projects that benefit so many.

#KAKO
... See MoreSee Less

𝗦𝗢, 𝗪𝗛𝗢 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗔𝗗𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡?
[Answer: probably no one]
Admin is not the most appealing of topics but without funding administration costs of our partner KAKO, their projects could not be implemented.
KAKO manages 6 preschool classes for a total of 130 children aged 3 to 5 years old, in five remote rural villages in Cambodia. They built hundreds of toilets to improve sanitation, and with that, the hygiene and health situation in numerous villages, and over 100 underserved children can attend primary and secondary school thanks to scholarships, of which we finance 64.
Without qualified staff and an office from where they can manage the projects and handle the complex local legislation, these vital programmes would simply disappear.
Thank you to the anonymous sponsor who acknowledges that ‘administration’ does not sound very exciting but it is essential to run these projects that benefit so many.
#KAKOImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝟵𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗡𝗡𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗬

It is 90 years since Ole Kirk Christiansen established the 'leg godt' company in 1932, and 6 years since we received the first donation from the LEGO Employees' Anniversary Grant group.

Last year's grant of EUR 3.772 is used to support two preschool classes for 6 months, covering teachers' salaries and operational costs to prepare the preschoolers for a better future.

Thank you for all your support - your funds make a significant difference to underserved preschool children in Cambodia!

With Bolette Meyer, Camille Blirup Grundholm and Jan Christensen.
#SPS #preschools #kako #LEGO #sponsoring
... See MoreSee Less

𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝟵𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗡𝗡𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗬
It is 90 years since Ole Kirk Christiansen established the leg godt company in 1932, and 6 years since we received the first donation from the LEGO Employees Anniversary Grant group.
Last years grant of EUR 3.772 is used to support two preschool classes for 6 months, covering teachers salaries and operational costs to prepare the preschoolers for a better future.
Thank you for all your support - your funds make a significant difference to underserved preschool children in Cambodia!
With Bolette Meyer, Camille Blirup Grundholm and Jan Christensen.
#SPS #preschools #KAKO #Lego #Sponsoring

Comment on Facebook

Camille Blirup Grundholm

— OR —
— OR —