COVID19 Response

This page is solely for the purpose of documenting our deployment strategy during these extraordinary times, outlining our ongoing work to keep our students physically well and as engaged with learning as much as possible during school closures in Cambodia.

School is the Answer has always been our motto and it’s something we believe at our very core. But, for the moment, Food is the Answer because for a good number of our students, if there’s no food, there’s no school.

Whilst providing food parcels to more than 800 of the most vulnerable students every 10 days, we are hyper-focused on providing solutions for all our students to access some sort of classes. The vast majority are living in situations that do not allow them to participate in the education plan put forth by the government. We’re learning all kinds of new things that will serve us well into the future as we find solutions to this massive challenge. 

We are taking care of our field staff during this time, who are putting themselves out there to deliver goods and solidarity to the most forgotten part of the population. We are SO PROUD of our team

We have heard from many of you, both in words and deeds, and we feel empowered to be bold in our movements while keeping our hearts clear: acting on your behalf and doing what is ours to do.

Thank you for having our backs. Wherever you are, we hope you are well. 

To deep dive into our complete strategy go here, for real-time updates follow our Facebook and Instagram. To watch a 90 second video of our Food Drops jump over to our YouTube channel. 

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