“To restore hope, dignity and promise to these once proud and prosperous people”
Sunrise New Hope is open weekdays, and closed weekends and Cambodian Public Holidays.
2016 Public Holidays
1 Jan – International New Years Day
7 Jan – Victory Over Genocide Day
8 Mar – International Women’s Day
13-15 Apr – Khmer New Years Day
13-17 May – King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday
30 Sep-4 Oct – Pchum Ben Days
13-16 Nov – Water Festival
From humble beginnings as a grassroots organisation, Sunrise New Hope has become an internationally respected non-government organisation (NGO) supported by individuals, businesses and service organisations worldwide.
Sunrise New Hope now offers a range of services and facilities including:
- A three story school providing free education to over 1,100 students including adult vocational classes.
- A medical centre providing free health care to 1,200 sick Cambodians per month.
- An outreach program feeding over 340 impoverished families per month.
- A training restaurant helping young adults to gain employment in the local hospitality industry.
- Volunteering Program.
- Tour services.
In 2007 Soth Kemsour, an ex-Buddhist monk and the son of a village chief, purchased some land in Mondul Bai, Siem Reap province which is located in one of the poorest slum areas in Cambodia.
Once a military base, Mondul Bai was the home of some 300 families which comprised of soldiers and their relatives, sex workers and displaced men, women and children. It also contained many dysfunctional families. Many men had been killed whilst serving in the army and numerous adults, both men and women had died of disease. Children often had to either rely on elderly relatives and siblings for care or had to simply fend for themselves.
In order to survive many of the young girls fell victim to the sex trade and then had children themselves. Without any means of support these young girls had no future and many of them died prematurely from sexually transmitted diseases.
The people of Mondul Bai had no formal education and their employment opportunities were extremely limited. Their living conditions were appalling and their access to food was scarce.
Kemsour couldn’t ignore the chronic malnutrition, ill health and the horrific living conditions he was confronted with everyday.
As Kemsour appreciated that education plays a vital role in breaking the cycle of poverty he, to the dismay of his new wife, sold all their assets and built a small grass hut where he taught English and Japanese.
From these very humble beginnings New Hope Cambodia was born. In 2016 New Hope became a project of Sunrise Cambodia and was renamed Sunrise New Hope.