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Receiving a quality education in Cambodia is challenging. One in three Cambodian children will never finish primary school. This means they face a future without prospects, opportunities or hope. Our Education Programme makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of these children, giving them a chance of a better tomorrow.

We focus on children from the slums of the capital Phnom Penh who have never been able to attend school or have had to drop out due to extreme poverty. Denied this critical early education, they are left illiterate, lagging behind their peers and lacking in confidence.

Our goal is to enable every one of these children to finish their education in Cambodia and build a better future for themselves and their communities. Our community-based model aims to transform the lives of these children, by providing them with the quality primary education essential to further development. Thereafter we provide long-term and wide-ranging support, supporting their development through secondary schooling and into further education or gainful employment.

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 [...]

How ISF Is Nurturing Future Sport For Social Impact Leaders

2020-08-07T09:59:10+07:00August 7th, 2020|

How ISF Is Nurturing Future Sport For Social Impact Leaders At ISF, we’ve always believed that it’s not problems that matter most, given that problems are inevitable. It’s the way we respond to them that is truly important, as individuals and as an organization. COVID-19 has been a bigger problem than we [...]

Bopha Isn’t Giving Her Studies a Break During COVID-19

2020-08-10T11:16:38+07:00July 27th, 2020|

Bopha Isn’t Giving Her Studies a Break During COVID-19 Things have changed drastically for Bopha*. Only months ago, she woke up early each day to change into her  school uniform, now she can easily study in her pajamas. Even so, her study regimen is far from leisurely. While ISF’s Chbar Ampov campus [...]

Ratana Adjusts to Learning at Home

2020-07-29T11:09:41+07:00July 27th, 2020|

Ratana Adjusts to Learning at Home In 2019, Ratana’s life was changed by one unplanned meeting. Her mother happened to meet an ISF social worker visiting her neighbourhood on a recruitment mission. Learning more about our holistic Education Programme, she saw it as an opportunity for her daughter to have a better [...]

Rachana Benefits from Nutritional Support

2020-07-27T10:35:20+07:00July 27th, 2020|

Rachana Benefits from Food Parcels Life was a struggle for *Rachana’s family before they started receiving monthly food parcels from ISF. She and her mother moved to Phnom Penh from their hometown, Svay Rieng in 2013. They soon settled into a life of ongoing scarcity while her mother earned only about $150 [...]

Investing in Online Education for Young Learners

2020-07-01T10:29:47+07:00July 1st, 2020|

Investing in Online Education for Young Learners ISF is invested in helping students adjust to new ways of learning in an ever-changing world. So we are working with students to familiarise them with useful online communication tools. Since March, all schools in in Cambodia closed to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Since [...]

ISF Student Turns Teacher

2020-07-01T11:10:41+07:00July 1st, 2020|

ISF Student Turns Teacher How a young Cambodian overcame adversity to give back during COVID-19 Imagine this: your family is desperately struggling to make ends meet in the slums of Phnom Penh. Then COVID-19 comes along, and your school is closed down by the Government. Then your parents’ work dries up. They’re [...]

ISF Offering Online English Lessons Amid COVID-19

2020-06-29T10:05:05+07:00June 29th, 2020|

ISF Offering Online English Lessons Amid COVID-19 Normally, ISF English teacher Josh Kauffman would object if one of his student’s parents came into his classroom to ask her son to do the ironing, and wouldn’t be too happy about the babies or chickens occasionally wandering in either. But these are new times. [...]

Young Coaches Keep ISF Team Spirit Alive During COVID-19

2020-06-25T15:21:38+07:00June 25th, 2020|

Young Coaches Keep ISF Team Spirit Alive During COVID-19 “I miss the smiles,” says Leap, one of ISF’s most passionate young football coaches. “As a coach, when I go out to train one of our teams, I always get greeted with lots of smiles and happiness from the players. It’s sad not [...]

Social Distance Football Really Goes the Distance

2020-06-25T11:45:49+07:00June 23rd, 2020|

Social Distance Football Really Goes the Distance When our coaches invented Social Distance Football back in April, they had no idea it would make an impact across the whole world; celebrated in the Americas, Asia and Europe. The game is a specially designed variation of football, enforcing strict social distance rules, ensuring [...]

ISF and Linklaters Work to Guide Students Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

2020-06-05T07:04:26+07:00June 4th, 2020|

ISF and Linklaters Work to Guide Students Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis As Cambodia confronts the economic consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic, ISF’s employment support is more crucial than ever. Our most recent community survey told a very troubling story: over 90% of respondents have lost their job or over half their income [...]

Panha Uses Mentorship to Advance His University Studies

2020-06-03T16:57:36+07:00May 29th, 2020|

Panha Uses Mentorship to Advance His University Studies Panha is one of ISF’s most dedicated students. He’s currently receiving our support as he studies in university with a dual major in English language and Architecture. His mother, Chenda is also very much involved in our organisation. She runs an ISF community library [...]