ISF Australia (ISFA) was incorporated as a registered charity in Australia on 19 May 2008 to complement the activities in Cambodia of ISF. ISF helps some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children in Cambodia. Its Education Programme currently focuses on over 700 children at its two schools in the Stung MeanChey & Chbar Ampov districts in Phnom Penh. Its Football Programme delivers coaching, leagues & tournaments as well as social impact education to over 3,000 disadvantaged boys and girls in Phnom Penh and 10 provinces.
ISF Australia identifies, finances and administers specific projects in Cambodia that complement this work. These projects are clearly identified as Australian to foster friendship between the two nations and encourage the participation of the general public in Australia.
ISF Australia is registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and has approval to operate as a charity and raise funds in all states and territories in Australia. We have been granted Tier One Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and Income Tax Exemption by the Australian Taxation Office which means all donations are tax deductible.
What We Do
ISF Australia administers and funds specific projects at ISF Cambodia. Over the years, this has included the training of football coaches & support of football teams, English education, computer training, vocational training, support of the catch-up education program, community development & infrastructure improvement.
Our Catch-up Programme teaches two grades of the Khmer curriculum in one year. Once students reach the appropriate grade for their age, we then support them to study at local state schools.
We work closely with communities where our students come from offering community and mobile libraries, vocational training, adult literacy courses, heath education, nutritional advice and support, and much more.
Our Catch-up Programme teaches two grades of the Khmer curriculum in one year. Once students reach the appropriate grade for their age, we then support them to study at local state school.
In conjunction with the development of the above programmes and projects, we focus our support on the following:
Through linking donors to opportunities to fund groups of children and by administering the Cambodian Kid’s Development Fund
Though the Football program by sponsoring Australian teams and using a bespoke football for social impact curriculum
Through the development and implementation of a Plastics Free Cambodia initiative at our education centres
Through education & other projects under our Employment Support including our pilot Life Skills project
Through our projects under Community Development we are offering economic empowerment for women and increased well-being among families
What You Can Do – Cambodian Kids Education Fund
For an annual donation of $500 you can give Cambodian children a chance at receiving a quality education. Through our Catch-up Education Programme, children who have never had the opportunity to go to school before will be taught two years of the Cambodian curriculum in one year for as long as it takes to get them to the right grade for their age and integrated into school. Once in state school, we’ll continue to support them by covering school fees, books and supplies, uniforms, extra classes (English and ICT), healthcare and much more.
As a member of the Cambodian Kids Education Fund your donation will play a part in providing a secure education to over 700 kids. You will receive:
- Email updates from ISF students
- Bi-annual and financial reports
- An invitation to our annual presentation in Sydney relating to the charity’s activities
Neil’s business career has encompassed the finance, precious metal and electronics industries as well as not-for-profit organisations operating in social welfare and medical research. He has lived and worked in six different countries.
As a Director of Indochina Starfish Foundation (Australia) Limited, Neil has facilitated ISF’s registration as a charity in Australia and assisted in the establishment of our projects in Cambodia. He and his wife Louise visit Phnom Penh regularly to assist these projects and attend ISF football tournaments. Neil is also on the board of ISF in Cambodia.
Ben is a chartered accountant who returned to Australia in 2015 after 32 years in Hong Kong. During this time he held senior financial positions with several companies operating across Asia Pacific including Cambodia. He has been a supporter of ISF from its inception and is a strong believer in the ISF philosophy of facilitating development one child at a time. Ben is an enthusiastic sailor and has served on a number of bodies working to develop the sport in particular with youth and the disabled.
After attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Strathclyde University, Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Glasgow in 1978. He then moved to Hong Kong later that year and spent the next 6 years with Price Waterhouse in audit. He moved into the corporate services area in 1984 when he joined the corporate services associate of HSBC as general manager and has been in this area ever since.
Jim left Hong Kong in 2006 to move to Sydney and has been a supporter of ISF and its soccer programme since that time. He is a regular visitor to Cambodia and participant in the various projects there.
Jim is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Phone:+61 (0) 2 9231 6088
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ISF Australia – Where our money goes:
For every $1 we receive in donations, 97c goes directly into our programmes in Cambodia.
So, when you donate to ISF Australia, you can be sure that your gift will have the greatest impact possible.