Helping Hands Cambodia is a grass roots aid organisation empowering Cambodians living in poverty to help themselves.
Helping Hands supports young adults from the rural community Prasat Chas to study higher education in Siem Reap, 25km away, where there are several popular universities. Since 2010 the program has supported students to study a wide range of courses including English Literature, Law, IT, General Management, Social Work and Accounting, and has already led to 4 students graduate in 2013 and 6 in 2014.
In support of our philosophy of giving a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’, we have learned that merely providing funding for tuition is not enough. The young adults whom we support are from underprivileged backgrounds with various challenges, and are thus susceptible to financial and emotional distress should any misfortune or emergency event occur either to students or their family. If unsupported, this can often result in them discontinuing their university studies.
To ensure our scholarship students are able to focus on their education and reach their full potential, the Helping Hands scholarship program covers more than just tuition fees. We thoroughly assess and discuss the application to study with each student to ensure they understand the challenging commitment. Scholarship students are chosen on the basis of school attendance and performance, family situation and the parent’s commitment to support (non-financially) their children throughout their university studies; Iqbal and public school teachers and/or village leaders are also consulted to determine the suitability of the students. . We monitor attendance and grades to ensure the student is achieving their best potential.
Students are supported with the costs for their text books, administration fees and have access to a scholarship resource library. They have free use of computers in the Helping Hands office in Siem Reap. Computer literacy is becoming essential for our graduates to have the best choice of employment so we support them with basic training in this whenever they drop by the office.
The extra provision of textbooks and the establishment of a Scholarship Resource Library will not only equip our students with better access to learning resources, but also encourages more communication and interaction between Scholarship students and HHC/ Globalteer staff members which has been identified as one of the most important factors that can foster successful completion of student’s university study. Students will feel more supported emotionally, have a chance to develop their soft skills such as English and interpersonal communications, as well as having the opportunity to take part at Helping Hands/Globalteer’s project activities.
Become a Sponsor
As of 2014, the cost of sponsoring a Globalteer-HHC Scholarship Student is USD $745 per year (or $63 per month). It covers:
– annual tuition fees & textbooks
– a Scholarship Resource Library for student access
– programme administration, governance and bank charges
– donation to our Scholarship emergency fund to ensure that HHC are able to support students effectively in the event of family emergency or Sponsor dropout.
We also welcome donations of second-hand furniture and electronic goods such as laptops, cameras or video cameras to our Scholarship Resource Centre for our students to use under our free loan policy.
The scholarship program could not run without the support of our donors. If you would like to be part of this worthySome of our generous 2013 scholarship donors and their successful graduates. programme, simply contact us for more information.
See more information on our current scholarship students here.
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