Our Work

Education has the power to change the world.

We remove barriers to schooling and bring high-quality education to children living in one of the world’s most impoverished nations.

To create change we know we must start in the community and take a holistic approach to understand the community, its people, and its culture.


For over two decades, we have worked with local communities to develop a model and educational program that not only provides the best education to our students but addresses the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Our Solutions

The Global Child has more than two decades of experience investing in and studying the intricacies of street-working children’s lives. We are able to identify and address the misunderstood incentives that lead to child labor and offset them with sustainable entrepreneurial ventures and resource allocation in order to expand our educational programs and student well-being. Through addressing the basic needs of our student’s, supporting their families and communities, providing them quality education, and empowering each of them to be pillars in the community we hope to provide a model through Cambodia, Southeast Asia, and the world.

Basic Needs




At the heart of our mission lies a fundamental belief: before we can truly empower underprivileged children through education, we must first address their basic needs. No child or family should ever be forced to make the heart-wrenching choice between pursuing an education and having enough food on the table. It is a choice that no one should have to make, and we are committed to eliminating this burden from the lives of the families we serve.

At TGC, we go beyond the conventional definition of education. We understand that a hungry child cannot concentrate on their studies, and a worried parent cannot support their child’s educational journey when they are struggling to provide food and clean water. That’s why we extend our support beyond the classroom. We provide our students and their families with regular, nutritious meals, access to clean water, and safe shelter. This holistic approach not only ensures the physical well-being of our beneficiaries but also alleviates the emotional and mental burdens that come with food insecurity.

By securing food and clean water for our students and their families, we not only enhance their overall quality of life but also pave the way for better educational outcomes. When children and their parents know that their most basic needs are met, they can focus their energy and attention on learning and self-improvement. We believe that education should be a beacon of hope and a pathway to a brighter future, and it is our duty to ensure that this path is free from the shadows of hunger and deprivation. Together, we are not just nurturing young minds; we are nurturing the well-being of entire families and communities.

Basic Needs

COVID-19 Food Support to Families in Need via the Livelihood Project

Students Enjoying a Nutritious Meal


Morning Routine Prior to Starting the School Day 

Students Studying Hard in the Classroom

Education stands as the most powerful tool to break the chains of poverty. However, we understand that the choice to attend school can be a matter of survival. To bridge this gap, we provide each student with $1 for every day they attend school, addressing their income as child laborers while equipping them with essential financial skills.

Throughout their enrollment, students receive comprehensive support, including housing, healthcare, nutritious meals, clothing, and school supplies. Our educational program encompasses both primary and secondary levels, aligned with the Cambodian government’s approved curriculum, covering subjects such as Khmer, Math, Social Studies, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Science. Furthermore, we enrich their learning experience with supplementary courses in English, Health, Technology, Art, Music, and a range of extracurricular activities like soccer, volleyball, karate, and traditional Cambodian dancing. We also actively explore innovative educational initiatives, such as STEM education, to address global educational gaps.

Beyond the classroom, we continue to support our students by offering counseling and financial assistance until they secure employment upon graduation. Our commitment extends further, encouraging and backing students in pursuing higher education at partner universities or engaging in vocational training. We firmly believe that education is not just a means to escape poverty; it’s a gateway to lifelong opportunities and personal growth.

Our mission revolves around shaping the future of Cambodia into a community of enduring positive change-makers. We achieve this by offering diverse initiatives designed to equip our students with the skills and confidence necessary to forge brighter futures. Our primary aim isn’t just to cultivate future leaders but also to instill a strong sense of community engagement.

One of our key strategies involves leadership training. We understand that genuine leaders not only possess knowledge but also the ability to inspire others. Our focus is on nurturing individuals who not only seek personal growth but are also driven to give back to their community. Through mentorship programs and participation in athletic activities, our students and staff actively share their expertise and wisdom with others in the community.

Whether it’s through the establishment of virtual study clubs, the provision of health and hygiene training, or the engagement in spirited soccer practices, our students epitomize the essence of true leadership. Their actions go beyond setting an example; they are actively paving the way for a brighter future for their fellow Cambodians. They embody the belief that education serves as a catalyst not just for personal advancement but for uplifting the entire community. Through their dedication to mentorship and their commitment to community service, they stand as the driving force behind the positive transformation we aspire to achieve in Cambodia.


Sokoam at the Michael Johnson Leadership Camp in the US directing other students from around the world.

Mentoring Public School Students as Part of the Community Mentorship Program


Giving back to the community via The Community Mentorship Program by providing health and hygiene trainings, basic English lessons, and more.

Students Participating in a Soccer Match Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center to Promote Gender Equality and Stop Violence Against Women 

At TGC, we firmly believe in the transformative power of education to break the chains of poverty. Beyond the immediate benefits to our students, the education and resources we provide have a ripple effect, lifting not only our students but also their families and communities out of poverty. We understand that by investing in the community, we not only create safe environments for nurturing student development but also establish a robust support network. Through initiatives such as community mentorship, livelihood support, emergency assistance, community awareness and training, and financial stability programs, we are fostering a resilient environment for our students to thrive.

Our commitment extends to removing barriers that hinder access to education. We actively educate and engage former street-workers, both through in-person and virtual methods, encouraging them to connect with others in the community. This chain reaction has given rise to the Community for Distance Learning Initiative, the Livelihood Project, the Community Mentorship Program, and numerous other endeavors. Each of these projects is designed with the singular purpose of cultivating deep-rooted community support to address the underlying causes of poverty. Through these interconnected efforts, we aim not just to empower individual students but to uplift entire communities, creating a ripple effect of positive change that resonates far beyond the classroom.

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“Cambodia needs more NGOs like The Global Child to aid students from underprivileged backgrounds now and in the future.”

Chab Sophoan

Ministry of Education