Route Out of Poverty for Cambodian Children

$53,373 $1,627
Raised Remaining


Literacy is key to education and jobs for poor children. This project teaches Khmer to 100 children of illiterate farmers, and English to over 500 students seeking to move beyond subsistence farming.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Thousands of Cambodian children grow up illiterate, with few educational options. The Sharing Foundation’s Khmer literacy school helps farm children learn their native alphabet and numbers well enough to attend elementary school. Its English Language Program offers village students, ages 8-18, the opportunity to learn Cambodia’s language of commerce, allowing them to obtain jobs in tourism and word processing. These students are so dedicated that some meet on their own to study on weekends.

How will this project solve this problem?

The literacy school runs three sessions a day for 120 children of Roteang village’s poorest families. Ten bilingual Cambodian college graduates teach English to 500 students in 19 sections offered daily after school hours at the village school.

Potential Long Term Impact

The ability to read and write offers a route out of poverty. Top students in the English program are chosen for high school and college sponsorships; those who graduate are often first in their impoverished families.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $53,373

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $53,373 .  The original project funding goal was $55,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Thanks to 1,858 donors like you, a total of $53,373 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Lisa Hicks

Board member
Concord, MA United States

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