And though they may not tell you their story, the here and now of their survival through it all is always in the background.
During the genocide that killed between 1.7 to 2 million people, targeted attacks against teachers left Cambodia with a shattered education system. Over the last 40 years hundreds of international organisations flooded in with the promise to build and develop the broken country. Most organisations may have had the best intentions, yet the growth of shiny new SUV’s on city streets with millions still living under the poverty line highlighted a huge problem.
A top down approach to development and lack of transparency was just not working.
And it is this reason that we support SCAO (Save Children in Asia Organisation), a grassroots organisation established by Mr & Mrs Sameth in 2007.
Since then, SCAO has built 3 educational centres providing free English and computer classes and delivering programs to people in the local villages of Som Roung and Prey Ponror, communities that were determined to be the most at need.
At the time of this writing, the centre based in Som Roung has been closed down. In response to these changes, we have launched the SCOOP Crew to support SCAO's educational centre in Prey Ponror.