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a charitable Non-Government-Organization (NGO) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We provide free English classes to over 270 students and vocational training as tailors and motorbike mechanics.
KKO was founded in 2009 by Director, Moeun Phary and President, Markus Tigges. Phary Moeun is running a very successful private Language and IT skills school and a Kindergarten. Over the years she met many students who were eager to learn but whose families did not have the money to pay the school fees. The basic idea to provide free education and a variety of vocational training was born.
Since 2009 we have made a lot of progress and have expanded our buildings, structures and projects:
March: Four students started the motorbike education
November: Motorbike Tours launched
December: Ten students passed the sewing workshop exam
New curriculum for mechanic and sewing workshop
June: Trekking Tour on Phnom Kulen Mountain launched
June: First Computer class started
August: New building for kindergarten
October: Opening of the kindergarten
October: New record: 250 kids learn daily at KKOs school
February: Countryside Mountain Bike Tours launched
July: KKO Mechanic Workshop moves to Siem Reap town
July: Sewing Class moves and get an own house
Second building build (motorbike workshop)
Third building build (classroom)
March: Mechanic training started
July: Angkor Offroad Mountain Bike Tours launched
June: First building build in Veal (office and two classrooms)
September: English lessons started
September: Sewing training started
January: Founding of KKO
June: Approval as an NGO
Projects and Locations
KKO is located at two places. First in the small Village of Veal, Chreav Commune, four kilometres outside of Siem Reap and secondly in Siem Reap town.
It was in Veal Village that KKO began. Today located there are the English classes, the computer classes and the sewing Workshop, which includes the vocational training and a local tailor shop. In all, there are three buildings with four classrooms and one small office on the grounds. A fourth building was constructed in 2013 and became our new Kindergarten. The building of the kindergarten is made possible by the financial support from Friedenskinder e.V. from Germany. As well as the buildings made out of bamboo, corrugated iron and leaves, we have constructed a pump well, a small toilet building, a small bridge, a volleyball pitch and driveway.
In Seam Reap town, KKO is located on the Lively Wat Bo Road. In 2012 our motorbike mechanic workshop moved from Veal Village to this place, in the town of Siem Reap. A financial support from the Band of Brother Foundation, United States made it possible. Moreover the workshop is also our meeting point and office for the KKO bicycle and trekking tours.
The Students and Trainees
The target group are children and young adults with low social-economic backgrounds, from the Chreav Commune close to the city of Siem Reap. KKO wants to enable these young Cambodians to attend school and get vocational training. With most jobs in Siem Reap going to those with good language skills, KKO hopes to give young and poor people an English education that will set them up for life. From a vocational perspective, KKO hopes to also increase the job prospects for its students and also hopes that some may even go on to start their own business. We want to provide them with a foundation for a secure future. Some statistics about their social background:
Veal is a community made up of around 360 families
40% of the residents are under 18 years of age and have only limited access to education
50% of the residents live in extreme poverty
60% of the residents have no access to electricity
80% earn a living as farmers, 10% as manual workers and 10% as market vendors
We are especially proud of our staff members, which contains more than 20 employees (teacher, tour guides and administrative staff). Some have been with us since 2009 when KKO started out quite small. All the staff is very committed and understand the benefit for the students as well as for themselves. Everyone is a valued part of KKO. Special thanks goes to all the volunteers. In particular, the many "Weltwärts" volunteers, whose impact will never leave KKO. But also the short-term volunteers who always bring new ideas and give their best.
KKO is a non-profit NGO. We guarantee that every dollar we earn and get donated will be used directly to help the young Cambodians. All our projects are small enough to be monitored with relatively little staff and funds. They are limited to the region of Siem Reap. All of our employees are paid appropriate local salaries. Many volunteers also support us through their volunteering.
The financial mainstay comes from the profits from the KKO bicycle and trekking tours. In addition, funding is provided through donations, including many for the promotion of individual students or trainees (see Donation) and selling products made by our sewing and motorbike mechanic students.
You can help
Join us on our tours!
Your donation will give you a breathtaking once in a lifetime experience and will also give a local school the opportunity to continue providing an education for in need children and youth.
You can Volunteer!
Volunteers are always an enrichment for the students and our local staff.
Donation are welcome!
All of these English and computer lessons as well as the two areas of vocational training are given for free. So of course we are always happy for somebody to give KKO and the students a leg up. We rely on donations to our project to be able to continue our work. The best way to support KKO, is to sponsor an individual student. For more information please click here.
The easiest way to donate from abroad is through "Virginmoneygiving". Donate with your Creditcard from anywhere you want, without charges. If you are interested in this kind of support, please click here.
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