Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) is a Cambodian charity with over 13 years of experience using education and sport to change lives. In Cambodia, less than 5% of youth will finish high school. The poverty many children live in not only strips them of their childhood but it also means that they miss out on an education and vital life skills that are taught through peer interaction and play. Through our Education Programme, Football Programme and Community Development Projects we are supporting those most in need to build a brighter future.
Sopheak* had to quit school at 8 years old to help her mother earn money. Her story is similar to many young urban slum girls in Phnom Penh; most of which never complete their education. In fact, only 33% of girls in underprivileged areas are even enroll in primary or secondary school (UNDP, 2017). Fortunately a social workers from Indochina Starfish Foundation reached out to Sopheak's family and enrolled her in our catch-up education programme.
We teach two-years of education in one year until the student is at the correct age for their grande and can re-enter public education. The catch-up programme is part of our holistic approach to education that also provides nutritional assistance, vocational training, and literacy classes to our student's families and free healthcare, access to safe play spaces and two school meals per-day to each student.
Find out more about ISF: https://www.indochinastarfish.org