When Zeynep first visited Svaychey Village five years ago, she was dismayed at the state of their school. The poverty that comes with lack of education was evident wherever she turned. Zeynep’s firm belief that all children deserve an education led to the founding of Step2Foundation.
With the support of a committed group of volunteers and donors like you, the poverty cycle is being broken for those that need it most.
In 2017 Step2Foundation gained registration as an Australian charity, supported four determined young women to continue their study at the Australian Centre for Education in Siem Reap, and ran a major fundraising raffle that was born at our inaugural fundraising dinner in September.
If you’d like to help make a difference to the lives of students in Cambodia consider supporting the Step2Foundation by donating or volunteering.
1st prize – M. Hackett
2nd prize – J. Moss
3rd Prize – B. O’Leary
Return airfare from Sydney to Cambodia for one person, 6 nights accommodation, 3 day guided tour of some of
Siem Reap’s cultural highlights and of course, a visit to Svaychey Village School.
$500 Travel Voucher to a destination of your choice
$250 Travel Voucher to a destination of your choice
Winners will be drawn and announced at our inaugural charity dinner 3 November 2017 at The Pullman Sydney Hyde Park. Tickets are $10.00 each or 6 for $50.00.
By purchasing a Step2Foundation raffle ticket you are helping to provide education and infrastructure for disadvantaged children in the Siem Reap region.
As a grass roots charity we’re in a unique position to use funds where they are most needed.
We work in collaboration with village communities to:
Our projects, through community engagement, provide opportunities to build other sustainable programs such as health education and social enterprises.
Fantastic News – your support raised just over $2300 towards our Water Project. We are on track to commence mid-January 2017 and in good timeto collect vital water supplies during the wet season for the school and community. A big thank you from the families of Svaychey!
2nd Prize – Doris (Ingleburn NSW)
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Today in Cambodia, the dry seasons are getting longer and good quality fresh water is becoming scarcer across many communities, including Svaychey Village.
This system will enable the school to collect vital water supplies of up to 6000 litres in the wet season to maintain their requirements for fresh water during the dry season. Currently the old outdated well pump used in the school is inadequate, both in the quantity and quality of water it produces. This new system will ensure clean filtered water and tap facilities are easily accessible to the children.
This project has been costed at approx. US$8,000 to US$10,000. Any donations towards this project would be appreciated.
This is an excellent way to bring the two cultures together – a local artist from Siem Reap who is working to promote and sell their art abroad and to raise funds for our Water Project in Svaychey Village School.
The funds raised from this Fund Raising page will go directly to our Svaychey Water Tank project. Draw closes 31st November 2016.
Step2Foundation believes that the talented Cambodian artists are to be celebrated and communicated to the rest of the world and we believe there is no better way than by helping the children of Cambodia along with the artists of Siem Reap.
More artworks are planned for the New Year with an annual fund raising event. Details will be communicated to all our supporters soon.
Donate here for your chance to win.
We are proud to say that the Step2Foundation has gained Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission’s endorsement. The foundation is now registered on the Australian Charities Register and a as a result, the Australian Tax Office has granted us Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Status.
From 27th January 2016 all donations to Step 2 Foundation are fully tax deductible. You should have already received your Tax Statement for 2015/2016.
In our recent term exams, our student achieved great results. In particular, the following top eight students across all our grades achieved a mark of between 85% and 100%. In addition to their exam mark, they also scored highly in attendance, motivation, and class participation. This is also largely due to the hard work of our dedicated teachers and volunteers. We thank you.
Each of these students received Certificates of Merit and a small gift for their hard work.
This project is a newly established assistance program offering food and school supplies to the school and community of Lolei Village, a regional community with limited employment opportunities. Lolei is located in the Brasat Bakong District, 14kms east of Siem Reap. There are 39 students and a further 18 families that live in and around the school, some with and some without family support.
Many of these children have lost one or both of their parents, a large number have lost their fathers. There is a lack of general supplies within the village in particular nutritional food. Step 2 Foundation is committed to work toward closing this gap.
Step2Foundation is now working with their local NGO to run a Rice Project and distribute to families each month, along with school supplies to assist with their English School. This project fits well with Step2Foundation’s objectives and aligns directly with our philosophy to support and provide safe and healthy environments for children to learn.
We have currently committed to provide 600 kilograms of rice, some seasoning and sauces which is used with local grown vegetables as available to provide daily meals. In addition, we have committed to providing school supplies to the English School with a view to working to build better school facilities for the children of this community.
We now have 4 student teachers working with our head teacher Sokly Chhay on improving their teaching skills and assisting in the classroom with English. They receive specific teacher training four hours per week and assist in the classroom teaching both Khmer and English. As their skills improve they will spend more time in the English Classes.
Our philosophy at Step2Foundation is to support local youth by giving them employment opportunities.
All of the students have completed year 12 and are anticipating a career in teaching. A BIG THANK YOU!
Two of the student teachers are now sponsored by regular donors, this has made an incredible difference to these women’s lives.
Donate here to support one of these dedicated young women.
In December 2015, just prior to Christmas, I was provided with the wonderful opportunity to head to Svaychey Village which is approximately 20km east of Siem Reap Cambodia to teach English to 160 students from age 5 to 18.
I was both very excited and also nervous. This was the first time I had ever been in another country for a period longer than a couple of weeks. At first it was very overwhelming, to witness a village where the way of living was very different to what I was used to in Australia. It took me a week to settle in to living in the village but after a week this different lifestyle became much easier.
Home stay at the village gave me a wonderful insight into how the locals live and allowed me to create some wonderful friendships with the adults and children of the village. I have to say that living in the actual village was tremendously helpful as it allowed me to feel a part of the community and it assisted greatly in my teaching and understanding of the students. The locals in the village were extremely friendly which also made it very easy for me to settle in. Also, I cannot speak more highly of the family that have been providing me with wonderful support by way of daily meals and general advice and friendship when I’ve needed it.
The Village is like my second home, even though there have been times when the cultural and language barrier has been challenging, I have been able to adapt to this wonderful way of life as it builds character and confidence for me personally.
My first day teaching at the school was extremely enjoyable and has remained like that since I started. The students are simply amazing and continue to surprise me with their understanding and speed of learning. They really value the importance of learning English and always try very hard to improve every day. The English teacher Sok has been a fantastic support to me and also to the students.
Since I arrived 2 months ago I have seen a significant improvement in all of the students and the teacher Sok. He is extremely important to the school and without him the kids would be unable to learn English. Sok has shown a major interest in improving his English for the benefit of the children and I believe we have worked really well together. I am so grateful for all his help and feel confident that he has also gained a better understanding of English from my own teaching. The school has students ranging from kindergarten to year 12 and operates from 8:00am to 7:00pm at night.
For me personally, this has been a life changing event that has provided me with an appreciation for the many cultural differences that exist between Cambodia and Australia. Not only have I taught them but they have also taught me a lot about teaching and many other life lessons I will take with me forever.
I strongly recommended this experience to anyone that wants to be a part of an extremely unique cultural experience and to teach English to students that would be extremely grateful and kind in return.
I can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions on this amazing life experience.