KAKO is striving to provide a chance for education to children and teenagers (6 - 17), so that one day they can be productive members of their society. Genocide in the 70s has deprived Cambodia of the majority of the educated people. Therefore, on the path to recovery providing education for the new generation is on the top of the list. Educating the youth in Cambodia is creating a future where they will have a chance for employment and will be able to contribute to the development of the country.
KAKO aims to transform the future of Cambodia by providing scholarships to children who are from families living in poverty, orphans or children with a single parent. Female students are a first priority and currently 27 out of 41 children receiving the scholarship are girls. KAKO's scholarships provide them with a rare chance to attend school instead of working to help support their family. The provided scholarships aim to cover the expenditures of the beneficiaries for a whole academic year. A contract is set up to ensure regular participation of the children and academic success. In case the beneficiary and caretaker break the contract, he/she will lose qualification to receive any further support immediately. KAKO is also collaborating with schoolteachers, principals, and local authorities to monitor the students’ learning and living conditions. The scholarship of one child is used for stationery, 2 school uniforms, 2 pairs of shoes, 15 kg of rice/month, bicycle (for children living more than a kilometer away from the school), pocket money (0.125 USD per day), emergency case money (e.g. transportation to hospital), and sanitation materials.
Since 2010 "Helping KAKO" has been formed as a project of Master students of Strategy and International Managment from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, as part of the university's program for social entrepreneurship "SIMagination". We aim to aid KAKO with fundraising and optimisation of the organization's processes among other things. After visiting the organization in Cambodia we saw the dire situation of some of the families of scholarship beneficiaries and the difference school education makes in these childrens' lifes. Although it is not a new project, the scholarship program aims to expand its reach when the current children in need are provided for. In Khmer KAKO means Khmer helping Khmer Organization. We turn to you to provide them with the means to help them help themselves.