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.

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 [...]

2018: Year in review

2019-01-04T21:55:12+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 [...]

Tey starts school for the first time

2019-01-09T13:16:38+00:00December 30th, 2018|

This year, nine-year-old Tey* started school for the very first time in her life. Tey and her family relocated from Svay Rieng province in south east Cambodia to Phnom Penh three years ago in search of better opportunities and education. Tey’s parents struggled to provide for their family and were only able to send one [...]

Adult Literacy Project making all the difference in Cambodia

2019-01-08T10:45:33+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 [...]

State school support: Ratana’s journey to grade 10

2018-11-12T13:47:54+00:00November 7th, 2018|

Children who graduate from our Catch-up Education Programme have attained the necessary grade for their age to enable them to enter state school. At state school, students study Khmer, Social Science, Math and sciences for half a day. ISF supports them to attend state school and provides students with uniforms, school materials, monthly food parcels [...]

Vocational Training: Khanha’s Story

2018-10-26T16:42:31+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

ISF's Employment Programme provides students with the vocational training needed to find gainful employment in Cambodia. Khanha was born in Kompong Cham province in eastern Cambodia but grew up in Phnom Penh for most of her life. ISF was just starting out when she joined the Education Programme back in 2009. ISF was her first [...]

English Class: Vatanak’s Story

2018-10-24T16:01:54+00:00October 20th, 2018|

To give our students an early start in developing crucial English skills, ISF offers English classes to both our catch-up and state school students. In Cambodia’s rapidly developing job market, high value is placed on English language skills, and many employers require their staff to have a basic level of spoken and written English. English [...]

Football league inspires Cambodian youth

2018-10-24T16:34:19+00:00October 18th, 2018|

Chhay Theara* and his family relocated from the southeastern Cambodian province of Prey Veng to the country’s capital Phnom Penh in 2010. Chhay, who was just seven years old at the time joined ISF to study in grade 1. At the same time, Chhay also joined ISF’s Football Programme. Theara, now 15 years old and [...]

World Peace Day: Conflict Resolution Through Football

2018-09-21T14:37:03+00:00September 21st, 2018|

To mark World Peace Day (21 September 2018), our coaches integrated a conflict resolution game into our recent community football festival held in Banteay Meanchey, a province in Cambodia’s northwest. The game “Marta for Conflict Resolution, developed by Coaches Across Continents, is a high energy game, requiring quick thinking and problem solving skills. Six teams [...]