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

  • Visit from Singapore

    On the 23rd and 24th a big group from Singapore and the Charming Tour group came to the 3rd school to help prettifying the front of the school. They grew some plants, painted the walls and of course put the scao logo on the entrance. Besides helping out with that, they organised such a great […]

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    VoicesofCambodia: Penh

    Happy Saturday to everyone! Here’s one more VoiceOfCambodia. Please Enjoy! This is Hai Penh. He is 11 years old and attends the sixth grade. He lives with his parents and his one sister and two brothers in the Boeung Chhouk Village. His mother is a seller and his father a motodriver. They are both very […]

  • Creating a Personal Profile

    Getting creative with the Pre-Intermediates at SCAO1 The task: Express yourself by creating your own profile. When the students heard about that task they were all super excited. They were bubbling over with ideas. What photo should I use? What colour? What design? It was great to see how much fun they had and how […]

  • Latest Facebook Posts

    Hi everyone!
    My name is Hai Ha and I was a GRC volunteer from 2016 to 2017. Now I’m back in Germany for 3 weeks already and slowly I can reflect my time spent in Cambodia.
    This was one of the most important and influental years in my life. I met so many great people, but also weird ones of course. I had so many intense talks and discussions that were new for me back then. I’ve never thought that I would learn so much in this year. It was such a big enrichment to be a teacher for one year and having so many great students.
    It was not easy all the time. I had to go through a lot of struggles during that year but hey, if everything would be perfect all the time you would not learn that much. You learn by making mistakes right? When I look back I can really see the improvements of so many students and on how my teaching style improved. It took some time to get used to everything but afterwards I was so lucky and felt really settled down. We had our women to go to at the markets, the people we knew who sold nice iced coffee and of course, what’s very important, the times where all the motodrivers drove by with their individual food, such as ice cream, sweet bread and so on. The progress of understanding the language was also such a great experience to feel much closer to the culture and the locals. One day we really understood what all the speakers were shouting all the time, it was kind of funny. Therefore I want to thank Srey Lat, our Khmer teacher who taught us for one year.
    Another thing that surprised myself was the fact of how much teaching could give one. I mean in a really positive way. During that year I taught all levels, from ABC Beginner to Intermediate and I realised how funny it could be to teach the young students who just smile all the time. I remember the moments when I entered the classroom with really less motivation but when I left the room after the lesson I could not stop smiling, the students make you feel so happy and just good. That’s what I am really thankful for, to have had experienced that feeling. Before that year I didn’t think to be honest that I could like and get to love kids so much. On the other hand I also really enjoyed teaching the older students, the Elementaries and Pre- Intermediates. I could discuss with them about a lot of topics, we could exchange a lot of experiences and we could also make a lot of jokes and laugh together. I really miss that time with the students, the relaxed atmosphere when hanging out with khmers and the hot and sunny Cambodia.
    I think I could write so much more but I will stop here. I really appreciate to have had the chance to experienced that. Moreover I am so thankful that I could learn so much from my students and I hope they did the same as well.
    See you again!
    - Hai Ha
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    After exams and make a test, We gave pencils, pen, and erasers to all our Students at SCAO I. thanks for all donators. ... See MoreSee Less

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