Safety, Family and Education
Serving Since 16 years
SSF works at three levels – individual, family and village – with the goal of strengthening the livelihood of families and the social infrastructure of their communities to protect these children.
“Sao Sary Foundation began its mission in Kampong Speu to identify victimized and at-risk, especially girls and target their vulnerable families and community since late 2006. Sao Sary Foundation recognizes that trafficking and exploitation are most prevalent in impoverished communities, so improving the social and economic conditions of these villages less-ens the risk that residents will be trafficked and smuggled. Sao Sary Foundation does this through an approach that fuses a village-based development model designed by Cambodian experts in integrated rural development with assessment tools for identifying individuals and households most at risk of trafficking and exploitation. Resources are then channeled to those most at risk, while the social infrastructure necessary for minimizing risk is strengthened. This includes building links between families isolated by poverty and other members of the community, as well as working with village leaders and commune councils to integrate household and village development plans into commune development plans, to ensure their sustainability.”.
You Have the Power to save the Children in Need
23 years NGO work
Founding Director of Sao Sary Foundation, one of 200 former outstanding Asia 21 Young Leaders, one of the 70 Asia Regional Masters of Social and Financial Education, one of 7,000 entrepreneurs who graduated Money and You Programme, and the instructor of CSAP.
“Vichetr learned the value of silence and listening at a very young age. His life often depended on it. Not only his, but that of the entire village. When asked about his favourite childhood memories, he draws a blank. Growing up in war time he has many scars, memories he wishes were never created. Entitled to be bitter about a lost childhood and the loss of his father at a young age, Vichetr asked his mother when he turned 5, “is it time I leave you now to join the monks and continue my journey?” Aghast, his mother replied, “Vichetr you don’t have to become a monk to achieve greatness”. And so it was set, this young boy knew his destiny.”
A father of two young boys and a beautiful little girl, he graduated from University thanks to the support and encouragement of his Australian foster brother, Kent. The degree in his pocket represented opportunity, to achieve more for himself and his family, but the words of his mother continue to guide him. He established a foundation, dedicated to bringing smiles and hope to children just like himself, to help build a safer and more prosperous Cambodia, to dare to dream that one day his journey will be a success. Humble, polite, dedicated, passionate, loving, accepting and generous start to describe this man, but the truth can be found in words he recently said to me, “I only seek for a smile on a child’s face, to know they are safe and can live happily”. Read more…
SSF works to achieve lasting improvements for children living in poverty in Cambodia’s poorest communities with a focus on:
(a) enabling at risk children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies.
(b) inspiring at risk children, their families and their communities to socially and economically empower themselves to be agents of change in their own lives and for a more equitable world.
(c) preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labour and harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation and child marriage