See the Impact ISF Made in 2019
2019 ISF Impact Report Highlights:
- 728 students enrolled in ISF’s Education Programme
- 47% of our student body are female
- We are in the final stages of becoming a ChildSafe partner
- Almost 7,000 food parcels distributed, reducing the need for children to work for a meal
ISF has just launched our 2019 Impact Report and we’re excited to share it with you. We are extremely proud to say that it was another year of beneficial impact on the urban poor communities we serve in Cambodia. Our holistic Education Programme continued to help disadvantaged and marginalised children with little-to-no-education escape poverty. Our community outreach projects helped their families develop the skills they need to gain employment. And ISF’s award-winning grassroots Football Programme used sport to improve well-being and impart social impact education.
The Importance of Transparency
Monitoring & Evaluation Highlights:
- We have integrated OSCaR (Open Source Case-management and Record-keeping) system which is endorsed by UNICEF
- ISF began conducting a Baseline Survey to ascertain our students’ overall status, including social, emotional, food security, and educational performance
- We use the Dream Life Skills Assessment Scale (LSAS) to measure how effective our interventions are at increasing our students’ life and soft-skills
It is of the utmost importance that ISF demonstrates that our operations are consistent with our values, so we highly value transparency. One way we ensure this is clear and consistent reporting on our accountability and sustainability performance, which is shared freely with donors and stakeholders.
The Impact of Education in 2019
Education Programme Highlights:
- 218 students are catching up on missed education
- 443 youth are completing public school with ISF support
- ISF supports 13 students in tertiary education
- 98% of our students are progressing to the next grade
In 2019, ISF’s Education Programme students grew to 728 students benefiting from our holistic support. This includes healthcare, nutrition, school fees, uniforms and other educational materials, English and computer classes, extra-curricular activities such as sport and dance as well as vocational training and employment support.
Our Catch-Up Programme uses an accelerated learning curriculum to get these youth back to school quickly. We teach them two-years worth of lessons each year until they are at the correct grade for their age and can enter the public education system. While in state school, their families go on receiving monthly food parcels and access to our community projects including skills training workshops and employment counselling. ISF staff also organise monthly meetings with the students’ parents to provide academic performance updates and to underline the importance of education. When our students enter university, we’re there for them. Our dedicated team of social workers provide them with academic, career, and social-emotional counselling and support. ISF is committed to each one of our students as they journey through education and out of poverty.
ISF Football Programme 2019
Football Programme Highlights:
- ISF won the 2019 Best Grassroots Football project Award, given by the Asian Football Confederation
- 1,300 girls engaged in ISF’s Football Programme
- 479 disabled players find inclusion in our programme
- 59 players living with HIV benefit from regular football training
- 3,500 youth are direct beneficiaries of our Football Programme
ISF’s Football Programme started out with 50 players in Phnom Penh in 2007. Today, the programme engages 3,500 children and youth of all abilities from 12 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces.
We are proud to be a pioneer in increasing inclusion for girls in sport. Before we began our annual girls’ tournament, young women had few opportunities to engage in regular competitive sport. ISF’s provision of female football players has grown from 48 players in 2008 to 1,300 in 2019. ISF has made a significant contribution to the development of sport for players with disabilities and is on its way to becoming a leader in disability sports coaching in Cambodia.
Since 2011, ISF has continued to develop its All Abilities Project by working with deaf and hearing-impaired players, blind and visually-impaired players, wheelchair-bound players, those with intellectual disabilities and HIV-positive players. These activities are used as a platform to promote equality and social integration.
The Full Impact
You’ve just read a snapshot of some of the life-changing work ISF is doing in Cambodia. Download our full report to find out more about our projects and discover stories of transformation from our students and other beneficiaries. 2019 was a banner year for growth and influence for us and we’re hoping to continue these successes in 2020.