Since 2008 ACODO (Assisting Cambodian Orphans and the Disabled Organization) has been operating as an orphanage in Siem Reap, Cambodia. ACODO is a non-profit organization, registered charity with The Royal Cambodian Government (charity number 893), MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation on the 23rd of October 2012.
Today our orphanage provides shelter, nutritious food, healthcare, high quality educational opportunities and, above all, a loving home for the children who come from backgrounds of victimization, vulnerability, extreme poverty and deprivation. It really is a special place, one of hope, aspiration and kindness.
As education is the bedrock to sustainable change, all our children get Khmer formal education at private school half day and attend lessons, English, computer, Khmer traditional dance and music, in dedicated classrooms with our local teachers and international volunteers at our orphanage after returning home from school.
As we strive towards self sufficiency, we have leased farmland to provide food for our orphanage and local communities. This is a crucial point in our development, as we do not want to keep asking for further donations.
We offer practical support to empower local communities at the grassroots level through our Life-Skill Support program. For less than $0.50 USD per day you can sponsor one of our community-based children. Your involvement will bring personal satisfaction and make a huge and lasting change to a child's life.
Having a gruesome childhood under the Khmer Rouge Communist Regime instilled a desire to help destitute individuals. After joining the army (1984-1997) and a successful career in opening an English private school (English as a Special Language) to teach essential skills to some of Cambodia's most underprivileged children, Mr. Hengchhea established a non-profit charity, ACODO in early 2008 so that he could work towards giving more victimized and vulnerable members of society more opportunities than he eventually benefited from. He wants to provide them with a loving home, nutritious food, healthcare and especially a high-quality educational opportunity both formal and informal education (Khmer curriculum and vocational skills) so that they can flourish into their adulthood, bamboo shoots that will replace old bamboo, pillars and heirs of the country to develop in all sectors and to lead the Cambodian Society to prosperous progress in the future. More details...