The Cambodia Academy at Mongkol Borei

We provide education and hope to Cambodia’s poorest children.

aka The Cambodia Academy   |   Clearwater, FL   |  www.cambodiaacademy.org

Mission

We provide education and hope to Cambodia’s poorest children. Founded in April 2004 by Rotarian Hans Eide, the campus is located in the Banteay Meanchey Province in rural northwestern Cambodia. The school provides a rigorous Khmer and English-based elementary and middle school education to more than 300 students in grades 1-9, as well as two meals a day, transportation and vision and dental outreach programs.

Ruling year info

2010

Director

Richard A Howell

Director

John Barrett

Main address

13942 Lake Point Drive

Clearwater, FL 33762 USA

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EIN

27-2168959

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We provide Khmer and English-based education, nutritional support and a variety of enrichment programs to some of the poorest children in Cambodia. We believe that education is the surest way to break the cycle of poverty these children were born into. We strive to improve the students’ English skills, which are imperative to gaining future employment. *Cambodia has only 4.2% early childhood education attendance among the poorest 20% of the population. *Total secondary enrollment is 27%. *Education is neither compulsory nor affordable. *While students may enroll in the system, the dropout rate is extremely high due to economic pressures. *Most students’ parents are farmers with household incomes far below the national household average of $1,228 per year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Khmer and English education for grades 1-9

Our curriculum emphasizes English, Khmer, mathematics, science, and social studies. Our academic performance is recognized by provincial authorities and faculty and staff at the local high school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Adolescents, Low-income people, Extremely poor people

Related Program

Khmer and English education for grades 1-9

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have expanded enrollment over the past three years and have reached capacity. During COVID-19, we pivoted to online learning when possible and then had 50% of the students campus on alternate days.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Khmer and English education for grades 1-9

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We serve more than 110,000 breakfasts and lunches per year to our students. During COVID, we had to stop food service, but as of 2022, we are now fully operating again.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Khmer and English education for grades 1-9

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These approximate numbers represent active donors. We have made enormous effort into maintaining relationships with existing donors as well as finding new ones.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are a a501c3 charity supported by Rotary clubs around the world and individual donors.

Our mission is to provide education and hope to Cambodia's poorest children.

We were founded in 2004 and are dependent on donations from individual supoporters and Rotary clubs to fund our operation.

We provide Khmer and English-based education for 300+ boys and girls in grades 1-9; uniforms, meals, bus service, an art program, senior field trips, plus vision and dental programs.

We are located in the rural community of Mongkol Borei, in northwestern Cambodia.

We support a total faculty and administration of 30, comprised of a principal, vice principal, bus driver, kitchen volunteers, and 22 faculty members.

Our board of directors is comprised of seven volunteers who support the school financially as well as by active involvement in fundraising, donor relations, administration, IT and web, campus operations, and other outreach activities

Based on our experience, we've seen a lot of NGOs build schools in Cambodia. However, once the build is complete, those schools sometimes close or have trouble operating since there was inadequate focus on what comes next: the funding of continued operations.

We strongly emphasize continuing operations. We have been functioning since 2004, staying tightly focused on our primary mission of providing a stable environment for a Khmer and English-based education in grades 1-9. Our approach of asking donors to fully fund a student's educational expenses--tuition, uniforms, food and transportation--removes the financial burden from the parents, who can often not afford even the nominal costs associated with sending their children to a public school, if one is even feasibly located within walking or bicycling distance to their farm or village.

The volunteer board is active in assisting the local Cambodian faculty with student/donor management, facilities issues, and general operational issues that need attention. This has resulted in a situation where our faculty is stable and motivated, and our students are happy and test highly on government exams. Moreover, with our nutrition program providing free breakfasts and lunches, our students are anecdotally known as the healthiest in the province. We are well-regarded by provincial authorities and we operate in a very stable environment.

The board meets monthly by phone and once per year in Cambodia for an annual board meeting that coincides with our school year kick off event. Additionally, board members are on campus several times throughout the year. Our donor outreach and fundraising focus on Rotary clubs and individual donors has delivered a strong financial foundation that we continue to strengthen.

While the need in our rural area far exceeds our capacity, we have no plans to expand beyond our capabilities until it is financially feasible to do so. We are at our limit of approximately 300 students. As incremental funds become available, we offer additional enrichment programs, including vision and dental events; an arts program; and study tours for the older students.

Our capabilities are in line with our current operational plan and funding levels.

Our seven-member volunteer board is divided into functional subcommittees that handle tasks such as finance/legal/insurance; database management; IT support; website and branding; student/donor interactions; campus maintenance; faculty liaison; and other functions.

Critical functions have a primary owner and a backup owner. The directors anticipate that a volunteer board will have a certain amount of turnover, and we have accommodated for that to minimize any disruptions. In addition, we have a number of supporters who assist the board with a variety of tasks including administrative issues and student roster management.

We are currently implementing a donor management system to automate some functions, and are creating formal processes to ensure that the school faculty is performing required reporting and other tasks. We have also instituted a direct deposit program for all teachers to that their salaries are automatically funded each month.

Whether through software or the adoption of formalized processes, we continue to explore ways to improve the management of student information, donor relationships, and administrative tasks.

Since 2004, we've provided, at the very core, the space for thousands of poor, rural Cambodian children to have a childhood. Along this journey, we've delivered a rigorous Khmer and English-based education and provided nutrition, vision and dental programs.

As our organization has developed, we are looking to the future and are exploring how we can increase our impact in a developing country where the need is still great. Of course, what's next is dependent on our ability to raise appropriate funding. We see five main areas of future expansion depending on our ability to maintain and expand our base of supporters and ongoing flow of donations.

1. Replicating the success of the Mongkol Borei campus by building and operating another campus for up to 300 children in grades 1-9 in another impoverished area of the country such as the area south of Siem Reap around Kampong Kdei.

2. Continuing to expand ancillary educational programs for our current students. Specific examples are computer literacy and information technology; arts, music and dance; and advanced English language instruction.

3. Formalization of student tracking and alumni management. This is likely the biggest challenge we are facing now and are looking at way to improve this in the near-term. We have a great deal of anecdotal information about our students' successes, but we want to formalize our systems and processes to ensure that we know what happens to our students once they leave campus. We envision a Cambodian educator/administrator working directly for the charity who could direct this critical program.

4. University scholarships. Related closely to #3, his program is currently in the development stage and is seeking endowments. We are designing a program to keep in touch with students as they attend grades 10-12 at local high schools and then providing university funding for those who want to attend.

5. Creating closer and more formal referral and operating relationships with other NGOs, governmental departments, and employers in and around northwest Cambodia. We are growing in our impact, but we believe that if we work with other organizations, these relationships can be a "force multiplier", giving us the ability to ensure student success once they've left campus. Again related to #3, we envision a program where an organizational administrator assists students with vocational placements and then tracks their success.

We are proud of what we have accomplished over the past 15 years, and we recognize that our vision for the future currently outpaces our available funding. That said, we are determined to seek additional financial backing that would make these additional programs possible.

Financials

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The Cambodia Academy at Mongkol Borei

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Richard Howell


Board co-chair

John Barrett

Organizational demographics

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