Friendship Seed stories

Volunteer Development Poverty Children School (VDCA)

The 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 has evolved from two basic thatch classrooms to a large and colourful school with more than 600 students who enjoy learning and playing here.

This achievement was only possible with the help of numerous volunteers and supporters worldwide. The current school opened in August 2008 and offers free English classes and other courses to children and young adults. Regular teacher trainings and our international volunteer program constantly improve the quality of the education provided.

A core team of regional agents supported by a number of partners and numerous donors worldwide ensure the continuous development of the school.