A local NGO in Cambodia
Work developed for the local NGO, V.D.C.A, in the north of Cambodia.
The Volunteer Development Children's Association (VDCA) is based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and was registered as an official NGO in Cambodia in September 2007. VDCA operate a Free School in Siem Reap, and a Free School and Nursery School in Anlung Pi village, 23km from town, located by the garbage dump. The Free Schools function as supplementary schools to the public school system for the majority of the children. Some students, however, come from families who cannot afford the monthly fee of 6,000 Riel (1.50 USD) for public schools and the free schools may be their only option for an education.
The Volunteer Development Poverty Children's School was first established in 2005 by two Buddhist monks, Rathana Nn and Togh Main, who wanted to give some of Siem Reap's poorest children a future by offering free education and advice. Within just four years, VDCA had evolved from two basic thatch classrooms to a large and colourful school with more than 600 students who enjoyed learning and playing there.