“To restore hope, dignity and promise to these once proud and prosperous people”
New Hope Cambodia is open weekdays, and closed weekends and Cambodian Public Holidays (see below).
From humble beginnings as a grassroots organisation, New Hope Cambodia has become an internationally respected non-government organisation (NGO) supported by individuals, businesses and service organisations worldwide.
New Hope Cambodia now offers a range of services and facilities including:
- Two three story schools providing free education to around 1000 students including adult vocational classes.
- A medical centre providing free health care to around 1000 students and staff.
- Provides around 300 children with a free cooked breakfast every morning prior to starting school. All children are required to wash their hands prior to eating and must brush their teeth after eating.
- A community development program that provides emergency support for families in critical need.
- A training café helping young adults to gain employment in the local hospitality industry.
- Volunteering program.
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.
New Hope Cambodia is open weekdays, and closed weekends and Cambodian Public Holidays.
2019 Public Holidays
|1st Jan||International New Year Day||4th Jan|
|7th Jan||Victory Over Genocide Regime Day|
|19th Feb||Meak Bochea Day||22nd Feb|
|8th March||International Women’s Day|
|8th – 12th April||School Closed|
|15th – 19th April||Khmer New Year|
|1st May||International Labour Day||3rd May|
|13th – 15th May||King Norodom Sihamoi’s Birthday|
|18th May||Visak Bochea Ceremony|
|20th May||Remembrance Day||7th June|
|18th May||Visak Bochea Ceremony|
|22nd May||Royal Plowing Ceremony||14th June|
|1st June||International Children’s Day|
|18th June||Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk’s Birthday||21st June|
|23rd – 27th Sept||Pchum Ben Day|
|24th Sept||Constitutional Day|
|30th Sept – 11th Oct||School Closed|
|15th Oct||Commemoration Day of King’s father Norodom Sihanouk|
|23rd Oct||Paris Peace Agreement Day||8th Nov|
|29th Oct||King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation Day|
|9th Nov||National Independence Day|
|11th – 15th Nov||Water Festival ceremony|
|10th Dec||International Human Rights Day||13th Dec|