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
  • What Volunteers Say

S.C.A.O. News

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    Lia, Ireland

    Hi everyone My name is Lia. I am 21 years old. I come from Cork, Ireland. I’m currently going into my 4th and final year of studies in International Development and Food Policy, at University College Cork. Part of my 3rd year included a 5 month overseas placement, to a developing country. Having previously travelled […]

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    Sports Day

    On the 24th July 2016, SCAO1 had their first ever Sports Day. We rented the pitch behind the school and invited all the children to come and join us for some fun and games. The games included wheelbarrow races, three-legged races, egg and spoon races and many more. Even our volunteers from the second school […]

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    Update from SCAO3, July

    Bottom floor of SCAO 3 is 90% complete. Progress is moving very nicely. We are still looking for donations to complete the furnishing of the school. Chairs, tables, fans and teaching materials. If you would like to donate please contact

  • Latest Facebook Posts

    Dear everyone,
    lately we were really busy at SCAO, because the last Red-Cross-Generation was leaving the organization and the new generation arrived. Now, finally, we got another review, this one is from Lia. There will follow a lot more during the next days and weeks.
    Please enjoy!

    Hi everyone :)
    My name is Lia. I am 21 years old. I come from Cork, Ireland. I'm currently going into my 4th and final year of studies in International Development and Food Policy, at University College Cork. Part of my 3rd year included a 5 month overseas placement, to a developing country. Having previously travelled to Vietnam, and Calcutta (India), while at school, I was struck by the challenges that these developing countries faced. As a result of this SCAO was the NGO that primarily stood out to me, when applying for my placement.
    My time in Cambodia was spent in Som Roung Village, located just 18 kilometres north of Phnom Penh, volunteering at SCAO 2. My duties involved both teaching at SCAO and carrying out surveys, to those families who had previously received a water filter to their homes, from SCAO. The object of these surveys, would be to determine if there would be a positive impact on their lives, with regard to the status of their health in particular. Upon arrival, I was nervous, not having had any previous teaching skills, and also the language barrier; but soon realised neither mattered, as the children readily made it easy for us to integrate with them.
    During my time at SCAO, I taught different levels, such as ABC beginner and ABC advanced. I really really enjoyed teaching the students, as they were always so enthusiastic, and their willingness to learn was clearly shown. Although the children didn't have much, they always had a smile on their faces.
    Five months seemed like a very long time, initially, to be away, but it flew by, watching the children grow, while furthering their education.
    I also got the opportunity to meet other volunteers, from various parts of the World and the assistant Khmer teachers during my time at SCAO. The villagers of Som Roung were always so welcoming to us while we were there.
    Since returning home, I have realised just how much this experience, and everyone involved, have contributed to my life.

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