Education can break the cycle of poverty. But young adults are often tempted to forsake education in favour of fast cash, especially in difficult circumstances. Our scholarship programme aims to inspire them to pursue education despite the obstacles. The flagship scholarship programme was started in 2017 thanks to the generous sponsorship of Credit Agricole (CA-CIB). It offers a life-changing experience for two outstanding graduates who show great leadership potential. They get a chance to come to London for 3 months to improve their English language skills, engage in job shadowing opportunities, get exposure to international commerce, build confidence, improve their life skills and meet friends from all over the world.

In 2017, the pilot programme welcomed Chhengtay and Kosal from Cambodia. Once they returned home, they found a job in record time and inspired hundreds of other students to study harder. Read the impact report here.

In 2018, we welcomed two Cambodian graduates once again - Virort and Cheang. Read the impact report here.

We extend our sincere thanks to all those who welcomed our scholars into their homes and their lives.

In 2019, we welcomed Chinda and Sreylang, who respectively recently graduated from Institute of Technology of Cambodia, majoring in Chemical Engineering and from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Tourism Management. We are grateful to our corporate partner Credit Agricole - CIB for sponsoring the programme for the third consecutive year.


What was on the agenda?
After a welcome week to help them acclimatise to London, they attended intensive English courses for one month. From early December, CACIB welcomed them for a three-weeks work shadowing experience in their London office. Following the Christmas holiday period, they had the chance to do more shadowing experiences in their fields of study before returning home at the end of January. Impact report coming soon.



We're now looking for sponsors for the London Scholarship 2020, if you'd like to partner with us, please get in touch with Eugenie at Eugenie[at] or 02036741953. 

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The beneficiaries



Virort Nao

Virort was one of the scholars sponsored in 2018. He currently works in QA department as a Raw material inspector at NVC Corporation Co., Ltd, which produces a premium water called "Vital" in Phnom Penh.

Cheang Che

Cheang was one of the scholars sponsored in 2018. He found a job shortly after he returned home. He currently works as an actuary in a Japanese Life Insurance company in Cambodia and enjoys what he does. 


Kosal Souem

Kosal was one of the scholars sponsored in 2017. He now lives in Beantey Manchey, Sisophon and works on the Road number 5 project (motorway) to connect Thailand to Phnom Penh, for Daiho Corporation, Japanese Company.

He is CAD Operator, drawing on CAD on progress of the works, and claim money from contractors.  He says "My message for all the young people out there is that we are the masters of our destiny.

Nothing is set in stone, and thanks to education, our whole lives can change. I am also aware, that I would have never been able to get this far alone; there are people, and relationships that are irreplaceable. My last advice would be: play football, it’s better than being useless or harming society."

Chhengtay Toeur

Chhengtay was one of the scholars sponsored in 2017. Today she works as a finance officer in an international management company. She has invited her younger sister to come to live with her in Phom Penh, so she can supports her high school education.

Like all the scholars featured below, she is a source of inspiration for many young girls and boys back home. 

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