Our schools operate in four vulnerable urban slum communities in Phnom Penh. Each school is run by a school manager who is responsible for the quality of educational and recreational programming and for ensuring that the school is responsive to the individual needs of the community.
Aziza Thmey School
Our first school, Aziza, opened in 2006 in the historic White Building. Following the closing of the school in 2017 due to the demolition of the White Building, we opened Aziza Thmey (New Aziza) in a large slum community where new migrants settle. Some of the original Aziza students were able to continue studying at Aziza Thmey. Additionally, we have welcomed new students from the community.
Seeing the opportunity to replicate the EYC model, staff from Aziza started Lakeside School, in 2008. The school’s name was chosen because of the fact that the community was once located next to a lake that provided people with sustenance and jobs. The lake has since been filled and built upon. Those living around Lakeside are among the last remaining groups following evictions of 3,500 families in 2008.
Student volunteers from Lakeside School started Youth School in 2009 to share their experiences and talent and give back to the community. Youth School is located in a slum shantytown along former railroad tracks where a large number of migrants settled informally after the war.
With the support of the community, the EYC team opened Impact School in 2011. Shaded by bougainvillea trees, Impact is located in a wonderful house that was vacated to allow us to transform it into a school.
The Leadership Academy
The Leadership Academy is a residential program for high school and university students from the countryside, providing room and board for the students while they continue their education in high schools, vocational training centers, and universities in Phnom Penh. Students receive school fees and tuition, leadership training, career counseling, community service mentorship, and supplemental education in English and computers.