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 […]

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    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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    On our Creative Fridays the volunteers try to do something creative with our young and old students. They come up with ideas to combine English lessons with the student’s own creativity such as drawing pictures, singing songs, making poems and playing games that reflect what the students studied during the week. On Facebook we created an album […]

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    Svenja, RCV 2016

    Soo, here is finally the last of our 4 current German Red Cross Volunteers! Welcome Svenja! ❤ Hi everybody, my name is Svenja and I’m 18 years old. I am from Karlsruhe, a town in the south of Germany. I just finished highschool this year and work at S.C.A.O. 2 for one month now. I […]

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    Shampoo Contribution

    This week the TANN SE MUY CO.LTD visited us. They contacted Mr. Sameth and organized a contribution so they came to SCAO1 to donate shampoo, cookies and water to our students.

  • Latest Facebook Posts

    On the 13th October the SCAO1 Soccer Team had their first training. At the moment they pay the pitch on their own. Trainer is Sila, a former student from SCAO, who doesn't attend class regularly anymore, because he got a job in a hotel in the city. He trains them voluntarily as well. Soon we will interview him so you can get to know him better. There might be a SCAO tournament coming up this or next weekend, so stay tuned!

    Last Saturday, on the 20th August, we had a Soccer Tournament in Boeng Choukk Village. We had (more or less) two SCAO1 Teams playing against a SCAO2 Team.
    The results:
    SCAO1.1 - SCAO2: 4-5
    SCAO1.2 - SCAO2: 1-11

    Thanks for everyone who came down to watch the match and expecially we want to thank our students for playing!!
    We hope we can do a tournament like this again really soon!
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    So, today was the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We discussed about this topic with our Conversation Class and captured the results on this piece of paper.

    What is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty?
    The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17. Its objective is to draw attention to the importance of poverty eradication for building sustainable futures for all. People living in poverty face increasingly difficult challenges as climate change, environmental degradation and rising food prices threaten their livelihoods and survival. The path to sustainable development must ensure that people living in poverty are included in decision-making processes, and that concrete action is taken to respond to their needs and demands. Through resolution A/RES/47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.

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    Pop-Up-Animal pictures with our ABC Beginners from SCAO1. ... See MoreSee Less

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