Our Work

Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) is a Cambodian charity dedicated to a vision of society free from poverty and inequality. We have 13 years of experience working with some of Cambodia’s most marginalised children and economically deprived communities to build healthier and brighter futures.

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. Less than 5% of Cambodian youth will finish high school. 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.

What We Do

Through our Education and Football Programmes and our Community Development Projects we are supporting 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.


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.

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Community Development

We work closely with communities where our students come from offering community and mobile libraries, vocational training, adult literacy courses, heath education, nutritional advice and support and much more.

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Our award-winning Football Programme increases access to sports, builds life skills, and improves the quality of life for underprivileged youth in poor urban and rural communities across Cambodia.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in our programmes where appropriate and currently are working towards the following:

Our Stories

Channa Stitches Together a New Life

August 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 [...]


Where our money goes

For every $1 we receive in donations, 94c goes directly back into our programmes.

So, when you donate to ISF, you can be sure that your gift will have the greatest impact possible.

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