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Important Notice:
The Covid pandemic has created a major emergency in Cambodia – not only because of the health implications, but also because Cambodians can no longer go to Thailand to work and many businesses are closed. Families are taking out microfinance loans just to survive and there is great need for international supporters to provide food relief. If you want to help, please contact

Battambang is a city in the north-west of Cambodia which is surrounded by small, ultra-poor villages. Many Cambodian families migrate to Thailand for work, taking their children out of school for months at a time.  With no remedial or reentry classes run in government schools, many of these children drop out of school at an early age.

In 2006, local teacher Bunrith (Racky) Thy decided to start one small community school with the aim of “catching” drop outs and re-enrolling them into the public school system. Racky called these “supplementary classes” and, for the first 6 years, Children’s Action for Development (CAD) was funded entirely by Racky and donations from tourists.   Students from the local university taught as volunteers at the school and the community, including the local pagoda, offered support by providing buildings, food and other materials.

In 2012, CAD entered a partnership with Classroom of Hope  and  Future Sense Foundation.  . In 2020, CAD secured another new partner, ChildFund. Now, CAD is one of the best known NGOs in the area, working closely with the Provincial Office of Education to implement the following programs:

Programs 2013-2016 2016-2019 2019-2022 Total
No of new schools constructed 0 1 3 4
No of scholarship students supported 210 210 90 510
No of Child Friendly Schools programs 7 schools 4 schools 0 11
No of Easy to Learn programs 0 0 36 schools 36
No of supplementary classrooms 3 6 9 9

The Covid pandemic resulted in the closure of all government schools during 2020 (January to May) and 2021 (January and on) making it very difficult for CAD staff and teachers. To find out how they have been helping teachers and children move to small group and/or online learning, please see the individual project pages on this website.

school Nobody can doubt the enthusiasm to learn in Cambodia – they know this is the only way out of poverty.

Many of the children live in remote areas that flood annually. Subsistence farming is the main source of income and the average daily wage is around US$3.00.