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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  • 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
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S.C.A.O. News

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    Green Day

    On the 24 th July 2016, SCAO1 held a Green Day as part of a creative Friday. That meant that every class from 9am until 6:30pm joined in by helping to pick up the rubbish inside and outside the school for one hour. With the younger ABC classes we decided to let them collect rubbish […]

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    SCAO Art Gallery

    We have really talented students. All their masterpieces are on display in our volunteerhouse at SCAO1. And on facebook of course, so you can enjoy them aswell! 😛

  • SCAO Shell Painting

    Shell-Painting with the kids

    The last Creative Friday (24th June) the ABC classes at SCAO 2 painted shells that a volunteer brought from Vietnam and Bali. It was a lot of fun but afterwards it was hard to tell which one was more covered in paint, the shells, the tables or the floor. However after cleaning up the result […]

  • Latest Facebook Posts

    SCAO Green Day!!

    On the 24 th July 2016, SCAO1 held a Green Day as part of a creative Friday. That meant that every class from 9am until 6:30pm joined in by helping to pick up the rubbish inside and outside the school for one hour. With the younger ABC classes we decided to let them collect rubbish for 30minutes and also colour pictures for the Green Day for 30minutes. The aim of the Green Day was to show the students how important it is to use the rubbish bins and not to litter, that they must help to keep the environment clean. At the end of the day we collected over 40 bags of rubbish. It was great to see all of the students working together and having fun while helping to clean up the area. (Some students got so passionate they decided to walk through puddles to help us clean up.)

    Thank you to all the students and teachers at SCAO1 for making the Green Day such a success!
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    Hello everyone, this is Dina, a student from SCAO 2 and her father. Dina is 13 years old and lives with her 3 brothers, her mother and father in Som Roung village. Dina's three older brothers work in garment factories, as well as her mother. Her father has an injured leg at the moment so cannot work.
    Dina attends classes at SCAO every day and is in the up and away class. She has studied English for two years now and loves learning new things each day. Her favourite thing about SCAO is getting to study with the volunteers and discover different things about the countries they're from. She thinks they are very good teachers and enjoys spending time with them at school.
    When Dina is older she would like to be a translator and so she wants to study English as much as possible to improve the best she can, it is easy to see how determined she is.
    In Dina's free time she likes to colour, do her homework and spend time with her friends. She believes education is very important because it will allow her to have a good future, a good job and provide her with more opportunities to learn.
    Dina is currently being sponsored to further her education and enable her to go to school every day and she thinks this makes her very lucky because it does not put pressure on her parents.
    Dina says that if she was to stop studying and stop going to school, she would more than likely follow in her mother's and brother's footsteps and work in a garment factory at a young age. It is a lot more common for girls in Som Roung village aged 14-18 to work in a garment factory rather than to study and more common for boys to work in construction.
    Dina really loves studying and she believes she is so lucky to be sponsored as it gives her hope of pursuing a successful career as a translator.
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