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.
Anonymous – The Netherlands (November 2016 – ongoing)
Melanie, Eva and Georg Naegeli – Switzerland (November 2015 – ongoing)
Meet Saing Sreika, a 16-year-old scholarship student in Cambodia who is currently in grade 12 at Puok high school. She would like to share about women's rights and express her gratitude to the sponsors.
"We should respect women as the mothers of the world, as they hold tremendous power in society across all countries. We strive for equality between women and men, which means they have the same opportunities as men in terms of employment and providing for their families.
Women have been engaged in a centuries-old struggle to achieve equal participation in society alongside men. Nowadays, women are fully active in society and enjoy equal rights, including freedom, equality, and justice. They have the right to participate in all activities and the right to stand for election or vote."
I would like to express my deep gratitude to the donor for your kindness in sponsoring my studies up until today. I would like to wish you and your family good health, strength forever, abundant prosperity, and success in your business endeavors. I am determined to give my best effort in studying, achieve excellent results at school, and become a valuable human resource for society.
A big thank you to Anthony Mann Mann (Tony) who sponsors Saing Sreika and many other students in memory of his beloved wife Nancy.
In rural Cambodia, only 53% of school-aged children completed primary school in recent academic years, and of these, only 15% completed secondary education. Poverty is one of the main causes for low school attendance.
PCF has been supporting a scholarship programme for 60 primary and secondary school students since 2017. The programme provides the students with school uniforms, textbooks, stationery money for tutoring and bicycles. Each student receives a bicycle to ensure that they can attend classes, because for most students it is a long walk to school.
The family is often hesitant to send their children to school because they could help the family earn an income. A child at school means one less pair of hands working in the fields. So, the programme also provides eggs, fruit and rice to the students. This makes a huge difference in persuading the parents to send their children to school.
A big thank you to our generous sponsors Tony Mann and an anonymous sponsor.
Meet Veoun Sreilik, a 17-year-old scholarship student in Cambodia who is currently in Grade 11 of high school. Not so long ago, she wrote a letter to us to share her daily life and study schedule.
“I study two subjects each day from Monday to Friday. On Monday, I study Khmer language and Geography. On Tuesday, I study Mathematics and History. On Wednesday, I study Physics and a subject related to the village. On Thursday, I study Chemistry and Morality. On Friday, I study Biology and a subject related to household. On Saturdays, I have self-study. I also have monthly examinations, and I perform well.”
I would also like to thank my sponsor and wish them happiness and good health."
PCF has been supporting a scholarship programme for 60 primary and secondary school students since 2017. The programme provides the students with school uniforms, textbooks, money for tutoring and bicycles. We also provide rice to the their families so the children are able to stay in school and not work on the farm.
A big thank you to Anthony Mann (Tony) who sponsors Veoun Sreilik and many other students in memory of his beloved wife Nancy.