Venerable Vy Sovechea explains why he is committed to helping the Cambodian Village Fund and how his community benefits.
Welcome to the Cambodian Village Fund
We are a tax exempt 501(c)(3), nonprofit, grass roots charity. Our goal is to create lasting, sustainable, positive changes in the lives of rural Cambodian children who live in the villages of northwestern Cambodia.
We invest primarily in education by building schools, giving scholarships (especially to girls) and offering free English classes. We also help the communities where the children live by improving roads, providing safe drinking water and conducting eye clinics.
Our efforts have been extremely effective. When we started the Cambodian Village Fund in 2006, over half of the girls in the village dropped out of school after 6th grade. We are happy to report that last year the dropout rate had fallen to near zero. Even more amazing is that the girls in our scholarship program are graduating from college. Not only are they breaking the cycle of poverty, but they have become role models for others to follow. They are improving the social, economic and cultural conditions in their villages and in the world.
We attribute our success to our strong Cambodian connections and our responsible financial management, accountability and transparency. 99% of our donations go directly to the projects in Cambodia. The directors and volunteers cover all the administrative, project management, website development, newsletters, and graphics at no cost to the Fund.
We keep our fundraising costs low because of our loyal base of supporters. Together with our supporters we are making long-lasting and meaningful changes in the world. We can clearly see the difference we are making as more and more Cambodian children grow up, become educated and have the skills that lead to economic independence.
Our scholarship students come from poor families themselves, but they often do charity work to help others in need.
We are starting a youth soccer league for our villages, one of the first in Cambodia.
To celebrate the end of a successful year, our English teachers held an awards ceremony/party/clean-up detail for our 250 English language students.
Prey Touch Commune has a new football (soccer) stadium thanks to a $62,000 donation from the Timothy Sykes Foundation.
Six of our high school scholarship students recently moved to Battambang so they can attend Preah Monivong High School, one of the best public schools in Cambodia.
We are very proud of our two newest college graduates, Sinat and Sophat, who just completed work on their Bachelor’s degrees in Hospitality and Tourism from Build Bright University.
We are very proud of our two high school seniors, Sokny and Sothea, who passed the national high school exit exam and will attend college.
The 3-room Brian Dean Learning Center at Prey Touch Primary School is nearing completion.
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