• 84 sponsorship programmes 
  • 3,000 sponsored children
  • 6 educational centres
  • 16 overseas volunteers

Cambodia is still very rural and must deal with its great inequality as economic growth mainly benefits the urban population. Education in the countryside is therefore a major issue for limiting the rural exodus and for providing work to the farmers for whom employment is more and more threatened by the mechanisation of agriculture. Since 2005, several sponsorship programmes have been created with local supervisors, which allows for families in difficulty in remote areas to be reached. Children of the Mekong either directly manages these programmes or partners with local organisations (Buddhism for development, Paris Foreign Missions…).

  • 16.2 million inhabitants (2017) of which 78.8% of the population resides in rural areas
  • Official language: Khmer
  • Currency: Cambodian riel
  • Main religion: 96.9% Buddhist
  • Literacy rate: 72.2%
  • Capital: Phnom Penh

Our overseas volunteers are responsible for monitoring the school and family life of the sponsored children. They work with about sixty Cambodian employees and around 80 Khmer teachers under the authority of a manager for Cambodia based in Sisophon. In 1993, Children of the Mekong opened 4 educational support centres in Cambodia (equipped with foster houses) mainly for dealing with the problem of school dropouts which is rampant near the border with Thailand. 

In Phnom Penh, the Doctor Christophe Merieux centre trains students in view of their entrance into the employment market. Students are also offered holistic training on self-development helping them to embrace the world and settle into the wider society. We believe that the young people we support, can be role models for their countries tomorrow and take over our work. Children of the Mekong also acts in partnership with several organisations (Salabai, CKN, Don Bosco…) and local businesses to develop the children’s academic path and integration into society. 

In addition to the above, Children of the Mekong supports access to education through the construction or renovation of schools in villages in conjunction with sponsorships programmes.

Our current sponsorship programmes in Cambodia

Progress: 87%

Sponsored children: 28 of 32


Progress: 0%

Funds raised so far: £0 of £2,938

Progress: 18%

Funds raised so far: £8,000 of £42,511