Meet some of the beneficiaries of our education and football programmes. Learn more about the impact of our work on our students and the wider community. Listen to their stories.

Indochina Starfish Foundation is a local NGO in Cambodia, committed to changing the lives of disadvantaged children through quality education and inclusion in sports.

Access to education & sport changed Puna’s life

2019-05-24T11:09:59+00:00May 17th, 2019|

Access to education & sport changed Puna's life 19-year old Puna grew up in extreme poverty where there was constant livelihood and food insecurity at home which meant that she missed out on an education and a childhood for the first ten years of her life. Today, she has overcome the odds [...]

ISF’s Employment Support opens doors for students

2019-05-17T14:01:31+00:00May 10th, 2019|

ISF’s Employment Support opens doors for Bunthai and Pong Kun Bunthai and Lun Pong are two young men that demonstrate what a difference an education can make - even a short education. Both Bunthai and Pong joined ISF as Catch-up Education students catching up on missed education and later integrated into state [...]

Advancing women’s economic empowerment in Cambodia

2019-05-24T16:03:55+00:00April 29th, 2019|

Advancing women's economic empowerment in Cambodia In Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, 25% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day. Of the city's urban, poor inhabitants,  50% live on less than $1 a day. A lack of education and access to resources means many are trapped in a cycle [...]

Soap for Hope: Reducing health and sanitation-related risks

2019-05-24T16:12:44+00:00April 27th, 2019|

Soap for Hope: Reducing health and sanitation-related risks Fifty-five year old Ok Sokoan is a single mother of three who has faced more adversary than most in her life. While two of her children live under her small galvanized roof in a slum community outside of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, her youngest [...]

Education and football give Be the tools to build a better life

2019-05-24T16:05:46+00:00April 10th, 2019|

Education and football give Be the tools to build a better life Sixteen-year-old Be, an only child living in a poor urban community of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, joined ISF’s Education Programme in 2011. From the onset, Be was interested in playing football but knew that girls from her background typically don’t play [...]

Education first, football second for star player Sreyda

2019-04-11T17:05:34+00:00April 9th, 2019|

Education first, football second for star player Sreyda At ten years of age, Sreyda* left her home in Takeo Province to move to Phnom Penh with her older sister who hoped that ISF’s Catch-Up Education Programme could offer her sibling a chance at receiving a quality education.  Sreyda is one of nine [...]

ICT classes offering new skills and hope

2019-01-04T15:24:55+00:00January 28th, 2019|

Kun* joined ISF’s Catch-up Education programme in 2014 at the age of 10 at grade 1. Originally from Kampong Cham province, Cambodia, he relocated to the Kingdom's capital Phnom Penh at an early age and was raised by his sisters after his parents died when he was just three years old. Kun is currently being [...]

Sok believes education is the key to achieving goals

2019-02-13T13:45:38+00:00January 20th, 2019|

Sok* is the only child of a family of eight to have the opportunity to attend school. Due to extreme poverty, Sok’s parents weren’t able to afford to send their children to school but thanks to ISF’s Education Programme, Sok started school for the first time at age 10 in grade 1 back in 2012. [...]

Ratannak’s journey to state school in Cambodia

2019-01-04T15:12:53+00:00January 14th, 2019|

Every October, ISF’s teachers organise final exams all the students in our Catch-up Education Programme to take evaluate their abilities and ascertain if they are ready to enter Cambodian state school. In 2018, we had 25 students from our Chbar Ampov Education Centre graduate from the programme and enter state school. We will continue to [...]

A balance between employment and education

2019-01-04T15:19:59+00:00January 7th, 2019|

Chan* joined ISF’s Education Programme at the age of 10 in grade 1. Currently a state school student in grade 9, he wishes to finish his education but earlier this year seemed doubtful as he was struggling with the cost of daily living expenses. Chan’s parents died when he was just a baby and he [...]

Putting health and well-being into focus

2019-01-04T15:05:59+00:00January 3rd, 2019|

When Ava* joined ISF Cambodia last year at the age of 11 years old she was underweight and her general health and well-being was unstable. Because of illness, she missed classes regularly. Concerned about her health and wellbeing, one ISF’s nurses identified undernutrition as the cause of her poor health and gave her vitamin pills [...]