About New Hope Cambodia

Working in partnership with donors and volunteers, New Hope Cambodia provides free education, health care and community development services to the people of Mondul Bai.


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


Open dates

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:


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.

Open dates

New Hope Cambodia is open weekdays, and closed weekends and Cambodian Public Holidays.

2018 Public Holidays

Date Holiday In Lieu
1st Jan International New Year Day 17 April
7th Jan Victory Over Genocide Regime Day
31st Jan Meak Bochea Day 18 April
8th March International Women’s Day 19 April
14th – 20th April Khmer New Year
1st May International Labour Day 20 April
3rd May Royal Plowing Ceremony 11 May
13th – 15th May King Norodom Sihakmony Birthday 14 to 18 May and
15 to 25 May
1st June International Labour Day
18th June International Children Day 22 June
24th Sept Constitutional Day 28 September
8th – 12th Oct Pchum Ben Ceremony
15th Oct Commemoration day of king’s father Norodom Sihanouk 11 October
23rd Oct Paris Peace Agreement Day 12 October
29th Oct King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation Day 20 November
9th Nov National Independence Day 19 November
19th – 23rd Nov Water Festival ceremony
10th Dec International Human Right Day 7 December