The Save poor Children in Asia Organization (S.C.A.O.)


  • About

    The Save poor Children in Asia Organization, S.C.A.O., is a Cambodian non-profit, non-government organization.

    It consists of two main ideas:
    1. Education
    2. Community Services

    Our director, Mr. Sath Sameth is Cambodian and we have several Cambodian staff members. Nevertheless we are a volunteer-based organization and are always looking for long-term volunteers to support our English classes and Computer lessons.

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  • Our Mission

    Cambodian children are among the world’s most deprived and abused. They suffer the misfortune of being born in a country with one of the highest rates of child prostitution, domestic violence and child labor in the world today.

    Public schools, although ostensibly free, are outside the means of many of Cambodia’s poor. Whether due to family size, disability or disease, many parents need their children to earn an income or supervise their siblings. Education remains beyond their reach.

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  • Our Vision

    • Build branches of S.C.A.O. throughout the country
    • Develop vocational training schools for disadvantaged children living both at the Center and in surrounding areas
    • Reach out to the community through educational awareness campaigns
    • Building bridges among the advantaged and disadvantaged communities in Cambodia, Asia and the world

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Our Community Services

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    Here at SCAO we aim to conduct the surveys in as many households as possible in order to gain a better understanding of the workings of the village. With this data and information collected we will be able to get a better understanding of the village’s needs. We can then aim our projects towards these […]

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    Water Filters

    Water is a fundamental human need. It is estimated that one person needs 10-40 litres of clean, safe water a day for drinking, cooking, washing, and personal hygiene. Access to clean water is a step towards improving living standards. Education suffers when sick children miss school. Economic opportunities are routinely lost to the impacts of […]

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    As a result of the household survey carried out by our Development Officer from SCOOP, Peter, we discovered that the poorest families in Som Roung did not have access to a toilet. Instead they use open land and this can result in several health problems. This is one of the biggest community development projects that […]

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    Mosquito Nets

    S.C.A.O. in partnership with Rotary Club Phnom Penh has been distributing mosquito nets to the most vulnerable families in Som Roung and Pnea Pon Villages. This partnership has been taking place since 2013 and is an ongoing project. What are the benefits of Mosquito Nets? A mosquito net offers protection against mosquitos flies, and other […]

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    Health Care

    Eye Checks SCAO partners with German Organisations and volunteers, as well as local opticians who are professionally trained to carry out eye sight examinations on community members. People of all ages are welcome to come to the pop up eye sight tests. Here examinations are carried out and if necessary, reading glasses are provided. If […]

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    Outreach Programs

    S.C.A.O. has several outreach programmes. Firstly we provided basic foodstuffs (bags of rice, fish sauce and cooking oil) to elderly residents in the community, as well as to the most vulnerable families. The recipients are invited to one of our schools where they collect their packages and we also arrange a small information session. This […]

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    Human Trafficking Awareness

    On the 24th of January 2013 SCAO collaborated with The Somaly Mam Foundation to present workshops on awareness of human trafficking to the children in SCAO II. It is these children who are the most vulnerable to human trafficking because of their location and age. It is therefore very important to educate them of the […]

  • Support S.C.A.O.

    The Save poor Children in Asia Organization has many projects underway and we need your help! Donate now!

  • Some Facts

    • More than 350 Students per day
    • More than 25 Toilets built
    • More than 200 Mosquito Nets donated
    • More than 550 Water filters donated
    • More than 300 people eye checked
    • More than 200 happy volunteers in 9 years
  • What Volunteers Say

S.C.A.O. News

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    Cooking at SCAO1

    During the past few months it became a tradition to cook together at the rooftop of our volunteerhouse. We already cooked german, japanese and of course khmer food. Njam! Check out more pictures!

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    Dancing Class

    Remember our Dancing Class at SCAO2? Here is a video to give a short impression about what they learned, recorded by Gwen, the teacher of this class. Enjoy!

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    We can happily announce that we are on Instagram! Did you ever want to see the school out of a volunteer’s eyes? Did you crave for news, but don’t want to read long articles to know whats going on at the schools? Or are you a former volunteer wanting to walk down memory lane? Then […]

  • Latest Facebook Posts

    Pictures from our Make-Up-Evening.
    One of our Irish volunteers Lucy worked in a beautyshop back in Ireland. One Sunday evening she invited the kids to come around to do each other's make up. We also served some vanilla pudding and fresh fruits ❤
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    Volunteer Review from Luka:

    My name is Luka, I'm 20 years old and I'm from a small town in the south of Germany. I finished highschool last year and decided to take a gap year. I wanted to experience new things, see different countries and find out what I want to become. As I wanted to go to Cambodia for quite some time I was really excited when I found S.C.A.O. Before coming here I worked at a climbing centre for children so I knew I wanted to do something with children while I was volunteering. It was the first time for me to leave home on my own and go to another country not knowing anybody there! But I'm really glad I did it.
    After 4 months teaching at SCAO II, my time in Som Roungh has come to an end and now it's time to say goodbye.
    Coming here was definitly one of the best decisions I have ever made. At first I was nervous, didn't know wether I would be able to teach and was scared the students wouldn't like me. But with tipps and help from the other teachers I really got into teaching and the students are amazing! They are so motivated and excited to learn new things. I'm really going to miss all the children calling "Cher, Cher" as soon as they see me. Being able to help these children fulfill their aim to learn English was really a great experience and it's so nice to see how much they have learned - even in the short time I have been here.
    Of course it was not only the students who made my time here so wonderful but also the other volunteers, teachers and friends I was able to meet. I feel very lucky to have gotten to know them and to be able to call them my friends ❤
    I can't believe 4 months are already over but I know I won't forget the new experiences that I made here for a long time - wether it was going for ice coffee in the local coffeeshop to cool down, playing games and laughing with the children, going to a Khmer wedding with the other teachers or just spending time with lovely people from different countries and learning new things about where they come from.
    I am going to miss you all so much and hopefully I can come back soon and see you again!
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