Treak Community Centre, Cambodia

Funded by charitable donations, Treak Community Centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia provides free education to over 350 children and young people every day.  The parents and families of Treak’s students faced the challenges of going to school during and after the Khmer Rouge period.   They and our teachers share the generally held belief within Cambodian society that education has been, and continues to be, an important factor in Cambodia's peace and stability following the horrors of the recent past. 

Treak is making a difference.  The centre runs a thriving early years’ programme, and provides classes in English and other subjects such as science, arts & crafts, geography, health and nutrition, environment, and personal development.  There is also a well-stocked library.  These classes are important and compliment the subjects taught in primary schools.  In addition to educating and opening up real opportunities for children, their Community Support Programme assists parents and the wider community through information workshops, training programmes, and employment.  Their programmes enable children and adults to learn new skills, which then increase people’s confidence and self-worth, and help people take control of their own futures.  Indeed, their overarching philosophy is to create opportunities not dependency.

 Treak has been very fortunate, and extremely grateful, for the donations received from supporters since early 2020 when Covid-19 effectively shut down tourist visits to Cambodia.  These have helped to cover the running costs of around US$3,000 per month during this difficult period.  

The situation is certainly beginning to improve and almost all Covid related travel restrictions have been lifted in Cambodia.  However, whilst it’s now easy to enter Cambodia again, travel restrictions remain in several countries, making it difficult for travellers and volunteers to return and support the school on the ground.  This is likely to affect people’s travel plans well into 2023 and international visitor numbers will take time to recover. 

Please support the work done by Treak Community Centre and safeguard the future of the school through these difficult times, which are lasting longer than anyone thought.  All donations, large or small, will help the school to weather the continued funding challenges in the months ahead.

Find out more about Treak

Treak Community Centre is a programme run by ConCERT “Connecting Communities, Environment & Responsible Tourism” a Cambodian NGO, (number 2032 សជណ), based in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  ConCERT’s vision is a Cambodia free of poverty; its mission is to turn good intentions into the best possible help for disadvantaged people in Cambodia.

Fundraising team: Treak Riders (2)

John Nichol
Ringwood East VIC
Michael Horton
Team member

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