Our hosts for a couple of weeks in Phnom Penh was an NGO called Attitude Centre for Education (ACE), whose mission it is to develop the impoverished youth in Cambodia and turn them into Leaders. They venture into the slum communities and find youth who fit the right profile and help them with scholarships and personal development. 17 of them live in a dormitory style accommodation at ACE, where we stayed on a different floor and delivered classes covering Leadership and English Language are delivered in the evenings after their studies or part time jobs had finished.
Ray, who runs the centre works tirelessly raising funds, delivering classes and managing the NGO, had us working on English classes and Leadership development for the residents, proposal writing for funders, new website design, new logo design, annual report development and a whole host of systems development. They are now known as Advanced Centre for Empowerment and you can check them out there if you are interested in supporting them or contact us directly and we can connect you.
Amazing students and it was a fabulous experience to spend time with them and learn about the Khmer culture, whether it was dancing, singing, eating, football, studying or growing pains as young adults. I can’t single out any one of them for special praise they are all so unique and with great qualities they will make a difference in many peoples lives.