School on the mat – year 1

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Project Code: KHM-CHO-SOM-P01


This project will support five teachers run ten informal schools in five villages along the border of Cambodia and Thailand.  Each teacher will teach 2 schools in their village – a morning and an afternoon school. Each school teaches reading and writing in Khmer, basic maths, and fun activities such as arts and crafts, drama and music.  The informal school works on getting children into the formal school system, and aims over a 3 year period to get 90% of it’s students ready to attend the local government school.  The children and parents will also be taught about trafficking, substance abuse, domestic violence, child rights and disaster preparedness through twice yearly village camps.


We appreciate the fact that our partner has identified the major barriers to children improving their lives which is not being able to attend school either because they are crossing the border for work with their parents or because they need to look after siblings while their parents cross the border.  We also appreciate that our partner works with the whole village, educating them on a range of important subjects.  They also seek to work with parents in a separate micro-finance project, to assist parents with earning a living where they live.  They are heavily invested in their local communities.


This budget will pay a small salary to each teacher, and purchase supplies for the students including a tarpaulin on which they can learn.


This particular area of Cambodia has high unemployment and a lot of poverty.  Many parents cross the border into Thailand looking for work.  Some take their children with them, and others leave their children at home with grandparents, or in the care of the eldest child.  The risks of child trafficking are high, and children are not educated, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.


  • A quality start to schooling, with greater potential to continue through Primary School
  • Communities with the tools to prevent trafficking, and reduce other societal ills
  • Greater opportunities to earn an income while knowing children are safe and cared for

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