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Khmer Cultural Development Institute

Regions: Cambodia

Category: Children Education Music & Art

Total Raised: $34,538

How we have helped?

$32,900 has been raised by 21st Century Leaders, from the sale of Whatever It Takes products. These funds were given to KCDI as unrestricted funding, in order that they can fund any of the school’s necessary running costs, especially those that are most difficult to get other funders to support.

Every dollar goes directly into this school for orphans & handicapped children the project and nothing is wasted. Help through 21st Century Leaders provides essential assistance such as food, clothing, medicine, local transport, maintenance of school buildings and Cambodian staff support.

In February 2011, around 30 high school students from five schools in Qatar travelled with Reach Out To Asia to Cambodia on a cultural exchange trip to the Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned and Disabled Children. 21st Century Leaders financed the Founder of KCDI's trip to Cambodia, so that she could meet with the new ROTA consultant and choose a new school Director and set up the Board and build new local partnerships for their school.

Grants paid out by 3rd parties

In 2008 Chris Vale from our pro bono lawyers Rouse was introduced to KCDI by 21st Century Leaders. Chris later ran a marathon and raised over US$1,500 for KCDI and for the benefit of another orphanage SCIM Reap.

In 2008, KCDI also received £11,000 from anonymous corporate donor, who was originally introduced to Charlotte di Vita MBE by HRH Princess Anne. 21st Century Leaders then paid for and arranged for KCDI's Founder to attend a presentation at the donor's offices in London, which resulted in critical funding that helped the charity at a difficult time of funding crisis.

21st Century Leaders also introduced KCDI to Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), arranging for representatives to visit Cambodia so that they could begin funding, as well as a cross cultural relationship involving Cambodian performing arts.

KCDI received $40,000 in 2009, $20,000 in 2010, $76,442 in 2011 & $58,558 in 2012 from ROTA as a result of their partnership.

In addition ROTA paid for a trip of a lifetime to Doha Qatar for students from KCDI in October 2009 to performed their traditional singing, dancing and music in the Museum of Islamic Arts for His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Thani, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Muhammad Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar, The Heir Apparent of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani as well as Royal representatives from all other GCC states and international celebrities such as Cher, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Bob Geldof, Josh Hartnett amongst others at the ROTA Royal Gala Dinner on 31st October.

Finally in February 2011 visitors from Qatar to KCDI donated new mattresses, bedding, clothing, toiletries to all the children in the school.

21st Century Leaders has also donated $3,000 from the sale of Whatever It Takes products to KCDI through a Global Giving campaign, which resulted in an additional 15% as a bonus back to in matching funds from Global Giving.

Sacha Jafri and Cher at the Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner October 2009 Sacha Jafri and Jeff Koons at the Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner October 2009 His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner October 2009

About Khmer Cultural Development Institute

The school was founded in 1994. It is a very special school and orphanage with a strong educational and cultural element, the first of its kind in Cambodia and unique in this province. The school cares for 30 orphaned children, a few of whom have a disability, (usually due to Poliomyelitis or Tuberculosis).

The children come from remote areas in the province of Kampot and have lost their parents due mostly to the AIDS epidemic. Many children before coming to our school suffered malnutrition, ill-health and some had been marginalized, neglected and abused or sold into slavery. These areas in Kampot still have no electricity or running water, they suffer from drought but also flooding in the rainy season. The zone was severely affected by the war and Khmer Rouge domination until 1997. The school also has an Outreach program teaching and providing food and medical care to a further 65 children from the local community. Many of these children are so poor that without our school’s help, they would be excluded from further state-system education and already be working in the salt- fields.

A full cultural program is given, including traditional Khmer ballet, music and theatre. These art forms are used as a form of post-traumatic stress therapy, and as a way to conserve Cambodia’s traditional culture after the Khmer Rouge genocide, as well as a form of vocational training. The school works in coordination with the Ministry of Culture and the National Theatre and Royal Ballet. The school’s founder, who is British, is also a violinist from the Royal Academy of Music. A complete scholastic educational curriculum is provided from pre-elementary to university entrance level, in coordination with the Ministry of Education.

Vocational training is given for older children as they make choices about their future, with a wide range of subjects offered. A creative therapy program is run for smaller children, using painting, puppet making, plays and games and many other happy activities. The school has a successful income generating project, which includes, concerts, growing fruit/vegetables, sale of own silk/cotton handcraft, new plastic re-cycling project.