About Sunrise New Hope

Working in partnership with donors and volunteers, Sunrise New Hope provides free education, medical and welfare services to the people of Mondul Bai.

Mission

“To restore hope, dignity and promise to these once proud and prosperous people”

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Open Dates

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

Overview

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:

History

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.