The Rose FDCC Education Sponsorship project began when our Australian Director, Sarah Wilson was working in Prey Veng, Cambodia. She worked very closely with Mr Sok Rady – the Director of the local University Campus, Chea Sim University of Kamchey Mear (CSUK). Rady had identified the problem that many of his students couldn’t pay their fees to attend University.

Sarah worked with Rady in his second job, not only was he the Director of the University but he also was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Developing Cambodian Communities (FDCC). FDCC runs a series of projects that promote education, their flagship project is Mekhala House which provides a home for orphan and disadvantaged girls in Prey Veng and supports them to follow their dreams and access education. As well they operate the Mekhala Learning Centre which is an IT focused school that provides, Computing, Internet and English for Computing lessons to underprivileged students. Together with these two life-changing projects, Prey Veng is also the home of the Access For All project, providing access to secondary and tertiary education for disabled men and women.

All of these projects have beneficiaries that will attend University once they have finished their schooling, they will need assistance with their fees and it is for this reason that the Rose FDCC Education Sponsorship program was born. It is remarkable that a small town like Prey Veng actually has a University campus which makes it possible for students in this town to actually attend tertiary education without moving to Phnom Penh. Rose facilitates, where possible, the beneficiaries from these three projects, plus other disadvantaged students from the community identified by the University, to follow their dreams and receive the kind of education which can set them up for the future and the future of their families.

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