The “New Hope” non-governmental school, established in 2007 in Mondul Bai Village, Siem Reap Province, continues providing free education for children and young people and supporting poor families financially, as the majority of the villagers suffer from grim financial conditions, and most of the men are unemployed.
According to Sokheng Boun, the program director of the New Hope School, the school receives funds from supporters and volunteers who carry out construction and maintenance work for free in the school and for some poor families, in addition to the I-Herb Charitable Foundation that provides about 50% of its support, adding that there are other sponsorship programs where a person can make a $40 monthly donation to fund students and enable them to study.
Boun appealed to donors and charitable institutions around the world to provide support for students so they can get free education and improve their life for the better in this poor area.
Sokheng Boun, Program Director at New Hope Cambodia School NHC said, “New Hope was founded in 2007 by a Khmer founder. We are formally registered as a non-governmental NGO. New Hope Cambodia is located in a poor slum community called Mondul Bai in Siem Reap city. The people living around this area work in Karaoke. Children also collect rubbish, sell flowers and also do some types of begging at Angkor Wat and some use drugs. That’s why all of this could lead to human trafficking. We provide pre-school to students at four and five years old and also primary school from grade one to grade 5, besides this students need to study English, computer and life skills”
He added “We survive here because pre-Covid we had volunteers who come to teach, some do maintenance work at new Hope and some of them also do other community work like building houses, building toilets and wells for the poor community. They also provide donations to new Hope Cambodia. We provide support to our students who study at New Hope but we support their families in the community as well.”
The school generates money ourselves through restaurant and tour volunteers and 50% comes from our major donor, I-Herb Charitable Foundation. We have other sponsorship programs which means a sponsor can provide a donation of $40 per month to support our students and enable them to study at New Hope here.
Source: A24 News Agency