Today, approximately 40% of Cambodia’s population live on less than $2 per day. Consequently, children often work long hours outside school, or are taken out of school completely in order to help financially support their family. The poverty they live in not only strips them of their childhood but it also means that they miss out on an education and vital life skills that are taught through peer interaction and play.
Through our Education and Football Programmes and our Community Development Projects we support those most in need to build a brighter future. Our reach extends beyond the classroom and football field and offers education, vocational opportunities and healthcare to the whole community. We believe this multi-faceted approach has the potential to create lasting change in the lives of those who need it most.
ISF’s Education Programme provides almost 700 children marginalised by poverty with quality education to give them a chance at a brighter future. Our Catch-up Programme teaches two grades of the Khmer curriculum in one year. Once students reach the appropriate grade for their age, we then support them to study at local state school.
We offer ongoing holistic support to all our Education Programme students including healthcare, school meals and monthly food parcels, school fees, uniforms and other materials, English classes, computer classes, extra-curricular activities such as sport and dance, vocational training and employment support.
ISF works closely with the community and village leaders to make sure our education centres do not exist in a vacuum but serve to foster overall community development.
Our award-winning Football Programme gives boys and girls from underprivileged backgrounds, as well as players with physical and intellectual disabilities, the rare opportunity to play football in a safe environment. We currently reach over 4,000 children and youth across Cambodia. This includes players who may be deaf and hearing-impaired, blind and visually impaired, wheelchair users, HIV positive and others with intellectual and physical disabilities from local schools, charities and community groups.
Our coaches use their weekly training sessions as an important vehicle for social change. They act as role-models, teaching social awareness about relevant issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, child trafficking, inequalities and gender equality.
Today, approximately 40% of Cambodia’s population live on less than $2 per day. Consequently, children often work long hours outside school, or are taken out of school completely in order to help financially support their family. The poverty…