Working Together Changes Lives
Australians for Cambodia (AFC) is a registered charity that was formed by a group of every day Aussies who have been volunteering in Cambodia since 2003.
After so long on-the-ground in Cambodia, AFC is now well-honed in the identification of and strategic distribution of resources to projects such as education, child care, housing, mother-infant health, farming, clean water and business start-up.
We are proud that our charity operates without making financial deductions from our donations. Every cent we raise goes to our projects.
Our Projects Have Positive Long-Term Effects
Education is a passionate focus for AFC because of its long-term positive effects. It helps create opportunities, equity and independence for individuals and their families. AFC has also provided resources, sustenance and hands on labour to many projects. Helping to better the life of another human being is humbling which is why we will continue to work with the beautiful people of Cambodia and assist where needed.
The Marjorie Project
The Marjorie Project at the Mouymakara Primary School in Kampot provides poor, underprivileged students from within the school FREE English classes taught outside regular school hours. These evening English classes are designed to develop their English language skills to a level that will enable them to obtain gainful employment in hospitality. If children can’t speak English when they enter the workforce their opportunities are limited to low paying jobs, some that put them in harm’s way or even left to beg in the streets where they end up being recruited by crime gangs. The Marjorie Project is currently teaching English to 150 students 5 nights per week and we’d love to see that increase to 300 in 2020. Even at a young age these children see the value in learning and understand
the difference it will make to improve their circumstances.
ABCs and RICE
ABCs and RICE is an amazing project that focusses on educating local children and supporting them into suitable employment. AFC partially financially funded the set-up of this cooperative effort and continues to support the project by donating funds to cover the costs of one classroom, one teacher, educational resources and basic food staples for some who cannot afford it.
Teaching agriculture for long term benefits
In 2016 AFC purchased a large block of land on the outskirts of Siem Reap to offer the local village the opportunity to learn sustainable farming of vegetables and chickens. This project works two fold by feeding their families and also providing an income from the sale of excess produce. This agriculture and business project is funded 100% by AFC and is a great example of how the charity helps Cambodians help themselves through education and opportunities to become self-sufficient into the future.