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.

2020 Public Holidays

Date Holiday In Lieu
1st Jan International New Year Day
7th Jan Victory Over Genocide Regime Day
8th March International Women’s Day 9th Mar
6th – 19th April School Closed
13th – 16th April Khmer New Year
1st May International Labour Day
6th May Visak Bochea Day 3rd May
10th May Ploughing Ploughing Ceremony 11th May
14th May King Norodom Sihamoi’s Birthday
18th June Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk’s Birthday
12th Sept – 4th Oct School Closed
16th Sept – 18th Sept Pchum Ben Day
24th Sept Constitutional Day
15th Oct Commemoration Day of King’s father Norodom Sihanouk
29th Oct King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation Day
Oct 30th – Nov 1st Water Festival 2nd Nov
9th Nov National Independence Day