Community development is a core part of our holistic approach. We work with communities marked by extreme poverty and insecurity. The families of many of our students moved from Cambodia’s rural provinces to the capital city of Phnom Penh in search of a better life. Without a strong network or the skills needed to succeed in an urban environment, what they found instead was a life of vulnerability.

Many families survive on less than $2.50 a day, and most cannot even rely on this. They live in rented rooms and are often subject to arbitrary land grabs and evictions. This daily stress leads many to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as gambling and substance abuse. These are the conditions that many of our students go home to at the end of their school day.

We believe that a quality education and a stable and loving home life mutually support each other, and one struggles to survive without the other. We work closely with the community and village leaders to make sure our Education Centres do not exist in a vacuum but serve to foster community development. Our goal is to create a good foundation for the children in our programmes and opportunities for their families, so that they have the skills to change their own lives for the better.

Ten-year-old Ratha dreams big

2019-04-12T10:18:33+00:00April 6th, 2019|

Ten-year-old Ratha dreams big Ten-year-old Ratha* used to kick a football about with his friends and dreamt of one day leaving his rural hometown in Cambodian’s southern Prey Veng Province to become a professional football player and play for a real team. Although Ratha did leave his village it was because his [...]

Community Development: ISF libraries get computers

2019-04-02T16:03:48+00:00March 20th, 2019|

Community Development: ISF libraries get computers We work closely with community and village leaders to make sure our education centres do not exist in a vacuum, but serve to lift up the wider community. Our goal is to create a good foundation for the children in our programme and opportunities for their [...]

2018: Year in review

2019-03-01T16:28:51+00:00January 2nd, 2019|

2018 has been a successful and exciting year for all of us at ISF, in Cambodia. We’ve received international recognition in the form of awards and shortlists for our Football Programme and we’ve welcomed 80 new students into our Catch-up Education Programme as well as seen many students graduate and progress to state school and [...]

Adult Literacy Project making all the difference in Cambodia

2019-04-11T12:36:13+00:00December 27th, 2018|

Mana, 38, a mother of four living in Chbar Ampov, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and her family are students and beneficiaries of ISF’s Education Programme. Due to illiteracy, Mana was unable to find a job outside the home and the task of financially providing for the family fell solely on her husband, a construction worker. Understanding her [...]

Experiential learning field trip: Sambo Prei Kuk temple

2019-01-10T16:36:17+00:00December 1st, 2018|

In November, our Chbar Ampov staff took 45 state school students on a field trip to Sambo Prei Kuk temple (English translation: temple in the richness of the forest) in Kampong province, located approximately 200km outside of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. Sambo Prei Kuk, built in the late 6th and early 7th century was declared [...]

Education and healthcare go hand-in-hand

2018-10-03T14:07:19+00:00October 3rd, 2018|

Sovan moved from Takeo Province to Phnom Penh over a decade ago in search of improved living conditions and opportunities for her family. A mother-of-three, she works collecting recyclable waste to support her family. Two of her sons are currently in school and she hopes to send her youngest daughter to school when she reaches [...]

Promoting SDGs outside the classroom in Cambodia

2019-03-01T15:31:51+00:00October 1st, 2018|

From 25 to 28 September 2018, the ISF Football Program conducted the Coaches Across Continents – ISF Social Impact training with 31 ISF students (aged 16-18) that will act as role models in their community. These students were selected by our social workers based on their school attendance, performance, results, behaviors and attitudes. Those who were [...]

Community development: Soap for Hope project improving health

2018-10-03T13:53:16+00:00September 16th, 2018|

Our Soap for Hope Project is an integral part of our commitment to improve health and well-being among our students, their families and the wider community. Here at ISF, we believe that every child has the right to education, healthcare and sport. We seek to make a fundamental and positive change to the lives of [...]

Community development: Flooding in Cambodia

2018-09-12T12:34:30+00:00September 11th, 2018|

Every year as monsoon season brings flash flooding to Cambodia, it also brings a myriad of other problems. Flooding and drought have a huge impact on water-borne diseases, primarily diarrhoeal disease (viral and bacterial gastroenteritis, dysentery, cholera and other manifestations of gastrointestinal infections). Diarrhoea is the second leading cause of death for children under five [...]

Community Development: Sewing classes offer new skills

2018-07-31T13:17:35+00:00June 27th, 2018|

Sinat, pictured above is currently enrolled in a sewing class, as part of ISF's community development project. Sinat is 36 years old and married with three children. She moved from Prey Veng Province to live in Phnon Penh in 2006. Her husband works repairing bikes in a local shop and Sinat is a housewife. Unfortunately, [...]

Community Development Spotlight: Libraries

2018-06-27T15:46:54+00:00June 24th, 2018|

Here at ISF, we believe that every child has the right to education, healthcare and sport. We believe that quality education and a stable, loving home life mutually support each other and that one struggles to survive without the other. Therefore, we work closely with community and village leaders to make sure our education centres do [...]

ISF World Changers – Students Promote Literacy in Communities

2017-11-13T10:16:58+00:00July 21st, 2017|

In May, students from tChamps, a student-led initiative by Tembusu College, National University of Singapore, flew to Phnom Penh to run a four-day workshop with our older students who had the opportunity to share ideas and develop their communication and critical-thinking skills. Furthermore, they learnt more about SWOT analysis, budget management and proposal writing. ISF students [...]