Who we are
New Futures Organisation is a charity based in Takeo, Cambodia. We have been actively working to improve social and educational conditions for local young people for more than 10 years. NFO was initially founded to care for and support a group of homeless orphans in Takeo town. Over the years, we have been able to support these young people to reintegrate back into their local communities and to attend school.
We aim to provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people in and around Takeo province of Cambodia. Takeo is a rural area where many families subsist at or below the poverty line, and many children lack the regular access to free education necessary to lift themselves out of poverty. With the support of our partners Right2Smile and Camkids, we aim to provide opportunities and pathways for Takeo's youth to achieve their full potential.
Where we work
Takeo is a rural district some 100km south of Phnom Penh in central Cambodia. It is the agricultural heartland of the country, and the majority of the local population make their living through crop and livestock farming and rice cultivation. Takeo Town itself is a traditional Cambodian market town, and the surrounding villages where NFO primarily works are often without electricity and are accessed only by dirt roads which become impassable in the rainy season.
What we do
NFO provides social and financial support to a number of young people and their families in and around the Takeo area. This support enables them to attend regular school and helps their families to enjoy a more stable economic situation in which younger family members are not required to go out and work. In addition, we administer a network of rural schools around Takeo province, which bring English and Mathematics education to children living in areas where formal educational provision is lacking or unaffordable.
We are proud that many NFO graduates have continued on to study at prestigious universities in Phnom Penh, while others have been accepted onto career-specific education courses at some of Cambodia's leading training institutions. Many students from our rural schools have been able to improve their English and mathematics skills sufficiently to improve their job prospects, while others have been accepted into leading high schools both locally and in Phnom Penh.
Over the years, New Futures Organisation has been incredibly fortunate to count on the support and friendship offered by our long-standing partners Camkids, one of Cambodia's leading educational charities, and Right2Smile, specialists in connecting development volunteers with local communities and projects around the world. We remain endlessly grateful for their ongoing help, support and patience, without which we would not be able to achieve our aims of supporting the young people of the Takeo area.
Ben Mao is a small village located roughly 9km from the main Daunkeo district. A pleasant cycle consisting of 4km road and 5km through villages and rice fields. This is our longest running school and caters for children not only from Ben Mao but also 3 neighboring villages. Ben Mao school currently teaches 139 students spread across four classes from 15:30-19:30. Mr. Samnang graduated from university with degrees in English and Economics. He has been teaching at NFO since 2010, and also runs his own farm in a neighbouring village.
Ms. Thun Rachana
Khna Rong School
The school is situated 20 km outside of Takeo off of road #2. Located in a small village not too far from the state school. Volunteers often use a motorbike to reach this school. The school is currently teaching 92 students through 4 classes. Ms. Thun Rachana has a major in Kindergarten teaching and three years experience teaching at Ampoel-bei Primary School and for NFO. She is currently also majoring in English Literature at Build Bright university in Takeo.
Thon Mun School
Thon Mun school is situated around 11km from Takeo town. It's a beautifully scenic route through several villages with great views of the lake and countryside. There are 2 classrooms at Thon Mun averaging 100 students in 4 separate classes. The school buildings were constructed in 2011 in partnership with Project Little Dream, and have won awards for their sustainable architecture design and use of local materials. Mr. Vannak graduated from Build Bright university with a degree in information technology in February of 2017. He has been teaching both English and Computer skills with NFO since 2015.
Ms. Srey Pov
Thon Mun School
Thon Mun school is situated around 11km from Takeo town. It's a beautifully scenic route through several villages with great views of the lake and countryside. There are 2 classrooms at Thon Mun averaging 100 students in 4 separate classes. The school buildings were constructed in 2011 in partnership with Project Little Dream, and have won awards for their sustainable architecture design and use of local materials. Ms. Srey Pov has been teaching with us since 2016. She has four years of teaching experience, and graduated from Angkor Khemara University in 2013, majoring in English Literature.
Po Treang School
Po Treang school is situated situated 10 km outside of Daunkeo. The only road is well maintained. NFO's students here meet in a classroom at the local state school, who kindly give us permission to use their classroom. This school has been operating successfully for many years. Currently 104 students are studying in 4 separate classes. Mr. Sarom has four years of teaching experience with NFO, as well as in his full-time job as a teacher at Po Ampuil State School. He holds a degree in Geography fro Angkor Khemara University.
Mr. Path Chamroen
Dey Krahom School
Dey Krahom School is situated 30km away from Takeo and is very close to Phnom Chisor. The classroom is situated within a state school and teaches 106 students between 2 classes in the early morning and 2 in the afternoon. Volunteers use motorbikes to reach this school and some have stayed in the village. Mr. Path Chamroen is a retired teacher with great experience in education, having taught Grade 7-12 English at Samdachov High School until his retirement in 2003. Since 2009, he has put his knowledge and experience to work teaching for NFO.
Tina has been involved with NFO as a volunteer and trustee for many years. She works with our staff on the ground in Cambodia and with our partner organisations to strengthen NFO and to coordinate and develop the strategy of the organisation going forward.
Tony leads NFO's operations on the ground in Takeo, coordinating with volunteers, schools and supporters and visiting our young people in their communities to check on their wellbeing and offer support as needed.
Long-time NFO supporter Robert is our Education Director. He works to develop and improve the curriculum our students work from in the village schools, as well as leading professional development workshops for our teachers and coordinating education-related activities within Cambodia.
Sokhak works to ensure the smooth running of the education program at NFO. He visits the various village schools and works with teachers and students to ensure books and materials are available and that the students are learning well, and helps to facilitate our volunteers' and partner organisations' participation in the schools program.