'Having traveled all over the world, I am usually pretty leery of NGOs...This is not the case with VDCA. It was started by a local man, a monk at the time, who wanted to improve the lives of the children around him. It is still run by him, employees local people and doing it a way that is in tune with the local customs and culture.' Rustin. Click here to see more of Rustin's blog with photos.
VDCA is a registered NGO in Cambodia. We receive no government assistance and all our programs are funded through donations from our generous donors, sponsors, Partner Organisations and volunteer fundraisers. We currently operate our VDCA Free School in Siem Reap and our Anlung Pi Free School, at the rural Anlung Pi village located by the dump area, which both have around 300 students each. Building Together in Cambodia (B.T.I.C.) has contributed a Nursery School and Feeding Program, which serves around 70 children a hot lunchtime meal, 5 days a week. B.T.I.C has also established a Housing Project (Building Together in Cambodia), providing temporary housing for 7 families who formerly lived and/or worked in the dump. B.T.I.C provides accommodation, education and micro-loans to help these families establish a more sustainable future.Wish List
We have compiled a Wish List
as a guide for our supporters and donors. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as we are always developing new projects to help underprivileged children in Cambodia. If you have any questions or ideas for projects, please feel free to contact us
.Our Current Projects
We always have new projects in the works to better our schools and help more children and families in need. Watch this space!
Projects most in need
• Teacher salaries
The teachers' salaries are the most important priority because many NGOs and other supporters don't focus on the teachers and want to put their donations towards buildings or other supplies for the children. But without the teachers the children could not learn so we really need to support our teachers. By focusing on the teacher's salaries, the staff themselves will become even stronger teachers because they will be content in their work and able to meet the needs of their own families.• Land Lease
We currently lease the land which the VDCA School and Anlung Pi schools are on because we do not have enough funding to purchase the land. In the future we hope to have enough donations to be able to buy the land so that the school can be permanent and continue to educate children forever.• Electricity Bill
At VDCA we have classes running from 2-7 in the afternoon so need to be able to have access to electricity to be able to light the classrooms. It is also very hot so we need electricity to power the ceiling fans. The laptops and internet are also a really important part of both the teachers lesson planning and the students' classes.• Internet
Most of our teachers use the internet to help plan their lessons, to find new ideas for the lessons so to keep the classes interesting. The children can also use the internet, both in the computer classes and in their free time, so that they can continue their learning and expand their knowledge.• Plot of land
VDCA has been developing for many years and we hope to continue to grow and develop. We are currently running two schools, one in the city and one in Anlung Pi village by the dump. The land where VDCA is situated is leased, and not owned, so it is a difficult situation because every year the landlord asks for more money. We would really like to have a permanent plot of land near to Siem Reap city so that we know that our location is secure. Estimate US$30,000.00 to buy the plot of land in Siem Reap.
Note : We greatly appreciate any one time donations or continued support of our school. If you would like to support a specific area in the school, please contact us for more information on your particular area of interest.