For a significant number of impoverished children in Southeast Asia, education remains out of reach. There are still over 250,000 out-of-school children in rural Cambodia.

Children of the Mekong is helping local communities change that. 


Our education centre in Samrong, Cambodia helps highly disadvantaged children fulfil their potential through improved access to education and learning.


The Impact of the Samrong Education Centre

In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Samrong Education Centre had an impact on 294 direct beneficiaries and we estimate at least twice that number of indirect beneficiaries. 

74 students received full boarding.

Samrong is the capital city of Oddar Meanchey province (‘OM’), located in remote Northwest Cambodia. It was the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge and the most landmine-ridden area of the country. Educational opportunities for children in the region are severely limited.

Our education centre in Samrong was opened in 2006. The centre provides

  • accommodation during term-time (only when homes are too remote)

  • tuition

  • extracurricular activities

  • various types of material support (food, hygiene products, school uniforms, school supplies and medical care)

  • Self-development workshops

  • Career Orientation sessions 


Applicants to the centre are selected based on their family’s economic situation, their personal motivation, and their academic achievements.


We're proud to say that our approach works. It is a privilege to see these children blossoming and living up to their full potential. Our impact is measured in academic achievements, academic advancement, and the self-development of the children. An M&E report detailing the results is published yearly.  




Hundreds of children are being deprived of learning because they cannot afford to pay for extra tuition or for ancillary costs of education such as transport or uniforms. 


Our parent charity finances ten education centres in Southeast Asia. Funds raised in the UK mainly go towards Samrong education centre, located in Northwest Cambodia. We also support the Dumaguete education centre, in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines and other projects when possible.

There's a global learning crisis

"Two thirds of children in South and West Asia are not learning the basics in reading and maths, whether they are in school or not."

"One in four young people in poor countries are unable to read a single sentence, affecting one third of young women in South and West Asia."

"it will take until 2072 for all the poorest young women in developing countries to be literate. The disadvantaged – girls and those in poverty – are being left behind"

11th Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO


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