University of the Nations - Cambodia
Because of the turmoil in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge regime, refugee camps were formed on the Thai side of the border in the 1980′s. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) served in these refugee camps in those years. In 1991, Cambodia opened up to foreign aid, so under the leadership of Philip and Wendy Scott, YWAM Cambodia was formed to provide medical care, community development, English teaching, and church planting in Stung Treng province along the Laos border.
In 2000, a new team of YWAM workers was formed in Phnom Penh with the vision to host short-term teams and provide training for Khmer (Cambodian) youth. Through this team, University of the Nations - Cambodia was officially registered with the government in 2002. A few months later, the first Youth Training School (DTS) was held and incoming short-term teams were regularly hosted.
Since that time, U of N has expanded to include ministries that help children at risk, a dormitory and education assistance program, programs for university students, and several education centers that provide teaching in English, arts, and office skills. We now operate in seven different provinces, including the major centers in Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Siem Reap.