“At no time in history has it been more important to invest in higher education as a major force in building an inclusive and diverse knowledge society and to advance research, innovation and creativity.”
(UNESCO, World Conference on Higher Education, July 2009)
The Higher Education and Learning Program (H.E.L.P.) is designed to provide essential tertiary/vocational education and valuable life experiences after secondary school graduation that will empower at-risk Cambodian youth to serve and lead in their community. In addition to receiving a college education, each student completes a business and life skills internship prior to attending college, connects with a sponsoring mentor family, partakes in summer internships designed to support their vocational choice, and attends a leadership training seminar each year.
Students commit to return to Cambodia upon the completion of their education to serve for at least three years. As of fall 2011, 16 students are attending universities in four different countries as H.E.L.P. participants. These amazing young men and women have journeyed from the streets of Cambodia to college on a courageous journey from poverty to opportunity. Current students plan to serve Cambodia through health education, nursing, business, IT services, teaching and Christian ministry.
Asian Hope is committed to equipping each child in our hildren’s homes with the experiences, knowledge, and opportunities needed to become leaders in Cambodia. We hope you enjoy learning about these amazing young men and women and their journeys from the streets, starvation, and stealing to a college education accompanied with an opportunity to make a difference.