Since its start in 2005, the Cambodian Village Scholars Fund has grown and now supports three major programs:
The English Language Program – teaches primary English skills of reading, writing and conversation to youths age 9 – 20 in a rural community of Cham Imam Sann rice farmers in central Cambodia since 2005. The program offers free education to all interested students and 80 to 100 children participate at any one time. English gives these youngsters the opportunity to work in tourism, obtain city jobs, and attend university (which is taught in largely in English). Our program has raised the perceived value of education, and reduced the number of primary school dropouts as well as encouraging a number of children to reenter public school and eventually graduate.
The Cham Language Program – provides the only known program in the world still teaching the classic written form of the Cham language. We feel that this plays an important role in maintaining the cultural and historical integrity of the Imam Sann Cham people as well as preventing the loss of one more language from the richness of human knowledge.
The University Scholarship Program – provides full scholarships, including tuition, housing, books, etc. to the most promising girls and boys graduating from high school with strong English skills and who demonstrate overwhelming financial need. Begun in 2010, the program now has 12 students at 5 universities in Phnom Penh pursuing varied fields of study. All are doing very well, and the group lives together in a mutually supportive community.