Our Work

Our work has three main areas of focus:

Education               Health            Sustainability

Education

Before we built the Doris Dillon School in 2007, children from the five villages we serve could not attend school beyond the 6th grade.

Nationally, only 5.4% of village children have access to a middle school. And, almost 20% of those children who do attend middle school drop out by the end of 9th grade. Poverty is the main cause: children quit school to find work to help alleviate their family's life of subsistence.

Our work focuses on giving all children the opportunity to sustain their education through middle school, high school, and university if they choose.  Click on Learn More to find out about our many education programs such as scholarship programs, field trips for staff and students, classes in English, computers, STEM hands-on learning, art and music.

Health

Homes in the five villages we serve have no indoor plumbing or running water. Although electricity came to the village in 2014, most families can't afford it.

When we began working to build the school, we quickly discovered that no one had toothbrushes, toothpaste, healing ointments like Neosporin, and doctors, dentists, and hospitals were impossibly far away. I still remember the moment we suddenly realized that we hadn't seen a single villager wearing glasses. Chronic diarrhea from drinking unclean water is a common ailment in all families.

Click on Learn More to read about our initiatives to improve the health of village families.

Sustainabilty

Our ultimate goal is to create opportunities, through programs and projects, that enable families to create their own future without any dependence on us. That's one key reason why we're dedicated to providing an education pathway that gives these village students the opportunity to  follow their passion and create a career through university education which fully realizes that passion.

Some examples: Accounting will always be a critical core business asset and thus, is a well-paying career. Vanthorng and Pisey recognized this and are majoring in accounting at Build Bright University and the Vanda Institute. they intend to use their salaried income to support their families. 

Click on Learn More to find put about our initiative to teach farmers how to plant less rice seedlings while doubling their yield (or more) by strengthening the rice seedlings' root systems.

Note: 100% of all donations will be used to fund projects and programs for village students, alumni, teachers, and families. No funds will ever be used to fund administrative expenses and board member travel and expenses. 

You can double your donation, if you work for a company with a Matching Gift program, by applying for a matching donation from your company. We are registered with most of the organizations that manage matching gift programs for companies (e.g., benevity, Your Cause, Network for Good).