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Community development is a core part of our holistic approach. We work with communities marked by extreme poverty and insecurity. The families of many of our students moved from Cambodia’s rural provinces to the capital city of Phnom Penh in search of a better life. Without a strong network or the skills needed to succeed in an urban environment, what they found instead was a life of vulnerability.

Many families survive on less than $2.50 a day, and most cannot even rely on this. They live in rented rooms and are often subject to arbitrary land grabs and evictions. This daily stress leads many to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as gambling and substance abuse. These are the conditions that many of our students go home to at the end of their school day.

We believe that a quality education and a stable and loving home life mutually support each other, and one struggles to survive without the other. We work closely with the community and village leaders to make sure our Education Centres do not exist in a vacuum but serve to foster community development. Our goal is to create a good foundation for the children in our programmes and opportunities for their families, so that they have the skills to change their own lives for the better.

ISF Social Workers Describe Life on The COVID-19 Frontlines

2020-10-06T14:25:24+07:00October 6th, 2020|

ISF Social Workers Describe Life on The COVID-19 Frontlines “We’re doing everything we can to stop kids from dropping out of education forever,” says Sree, ISF social worker. “But things are very hard out there. There’s more poverty, more drugs and more violence since the virus came.” Many people have compared the [...]

Chanthy Finds a New Life Through Words

2020-10-06T16:32:57+07:00October 6th, 2020|

Chanthy Finds a New Life Through Words When harsh hair dying chemicals began to damage her health, Nov Chanthy closed her home salon and was on the lookout for work. So once her father fell ill, she readily took on his old job. She now continues his work as an ISF community [...]

See Our Latest Trustees’ Statement & Audited Accounts

2020-09-04T11:07:38+07:00September 4th, 2020|

See Our Latest Trustees' Statement At ISF, it is incredibly important to us to build trust with our donors and in the wider nonprofit community. The bedrock of building that trust is through transparency. Along with releasing our annual Impact Report, we also publish full statements revealing the status of our financial [...]

ISF’s Sewing Team Fights COVID-19 with Style

2020-08-28T09:30:24+07:00August 28th, 2020|

ISF’s Sewing Team Fights COVID-19 with Style What do you get when you mix Cambodian culture, a global pandemic and creativity? The answer: stylish face masks made by our talented sewing team at ISF Chbar Ampov.  Cambodia may have been spared the worst of the COVID-19 crisis in terms of infections, but [...]

Channa Stitches Together a New Life

2020-08-28T11:56:52+07:00August 28th, 2020|

Channa Stitches Together a New Life Channa’s life was turned upside down by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The 32-year old mother had built a career as a garment factory worker. The hours were long and the work demanding, but she took pride in always being able to provide for her family. Though due [...]

Saren dreams of becoming an English teacher and footballer

2020-10-13T11:36:23+07:00June 26th, 2019|

Saren dreams of becoming an English teacher and footballer Receiving an education is an opportunity that ten-year-old Saren* has grabbed with both hands. Life for him isn’t easy but he manages to attend school every day, to study hard, to help his mother sell fruit in the evenings and to play football [...]

Books are bringing hope to Phnom Penh’s poorest communities

2019-07-05T13:53:03+07:00June 21st, 2019|

Books are bringing hope to Phnom Penh's poorest communities Mother-of-four Leang Ey moved to Phnom Penh five years ago in search of better economic and education opportunities for her family. Originally from Kandal Province - a southeastern province, bordering Phnom Penh - Leang struggled to make a living as without owning any [...]

ISF brings Coach Development Courses to Siem Reap

2019-10-25T11:29:44+07:00June 19th, 2019|

ISF brings Coach Development Courses to Siem Reap Hot on the heels of the culmination of the ISF-AIA Youth League 2018/19, four of our coaches -  Panha, Channa, Makara and Thanin - traveled to Siem Reap Province to lead a football coach training workshop to teach others how to use football as [...]

ISF brings Coach Development Courses to Siem Reap

2019-06-28T15:39:51+07:00June 16th, 2019|

ISF brings Coach Development Courses to Siem Reap Hot on the heels of the culmination of the ISF-AIA Youth League 2018/19, four of our coaches -  Panha, Channa, Makara and Thanin - traveled to Siem Reap Province to lead a football coach training workshop to teach others how to use football as [...]

It’s never too late to learn how to read

2019-07-05T13:55:10+07:00June 1st, 2019|

It’s never too late to learn how to read At the age of 63, Yoat Lim is discovering a whole new lease of life thanks to her local community library which has not only given her books to read but given her the tools she needed to learn how to read. Lim [...]

Yoam’s Story: Illiteracy is like a life sentence

2019-07-05T13:57:00+07:00May 1st, 2019|

Yoam’s Story: Illiteracy is like a life sentence 44-year old mother-of-two Ken Yoam is one of ISF’s community library users and a recent beneficiary of our Adult Literacy Course. Yoam moved from the countryside to Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh 22 years ago to work as a garment factory worker. Life for [...]

Soap for Hope: Reducing health and sanitation-related risks

2019-07-01T09:17:58+07:00April 27th, 2019|

Soap for Hope: Reducing health and sanitation-related risks Fifty-five year old Ok Sokoan is a single mother of three who has faced more adversary than most in her life. Both of her youngest children, Vanna and Sreymom*, joined ISF’s Catch-up Education Programme in 2016 and Sreymom is currently studying in grade 6 in [...]