Kulen Outreach is a non-profit organization providing quality education to children from the rural Phnom Kulen region of northern Cambodia.
Known as the Kingdom of Wonder, this small nation of 15 million people has had an unparalleled history of both good and bad times. Emerging from the shadow of its tumultuous past, Cambodia has recently enjoyed relative stability and impressive economic growth. New opportunities have arisen for Cambodia’s urban areas fortunate enough to take part in the country’s exciting growth.
But like any fledgling economy, the country is experiencing growing pains. Rural areas in Cambodia are struggling to keep pace with cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Income inequality between the urban and rural areas is becoming a problem. One such rural area is the hilltop region of Phnom Kulen.
Located only one hour north of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, Phnom Kulen was once the birthplace for the ancient Khmer Empire. Although physically close to Siem Reap, the two areas are centuries apart in living standards. Many children on Phnom Kulen are therefore still without access to proper educational facilities.
It is our mission to provide the children from the rural region of Phnom Kulen with the opportunity to be a part of Cambodia’s future growth and development. We achieve this by providing these children with high quality education and by exposing them to the myriad of opportunities available to them in today’s Cambodia.
Our education program is based on an integral approach of our students personal and professional development. It consists of two components: our primary schools in Phnom Kulen, and the Enrichment Program in Siem Reap as a complement to the local high school’s curriculum.
Kulen Outreach has three locations. Two primary schools located in the rural countryside currently provide education to 240 children. Our Siem Reap Campus houses 30 of our rural students, enabling them to continue their education at the secondary level in the city. The campus is also home to our Enrichment Program.
Kulen Outreach always welcomes people that are looking to make a positive impact on the lives of our students. Opportunities vary between single-day visits to our Siem Reap Campus or Phnom Kulen Schools, one-month volunteering programs, and individually curated half-year experiences.