Can I visit the children that are supported?
To uphold the dignity of the communities and families and in accordance with our Child Protection Policy, we do not support visits to our Catch Up Schools. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How will I know about the impact that my monthly support is making in the lives of vulnerable children?
Great question! You will receive regular email updates about our Catch Up Schools, and end of year progress reports on our featured students.
Why does Cambodia Need Catch Up Schools?
Only 34.4% of Cambodia's poorest students actually continue onto the sixth grade. Many leave school to work and support their families. They fall so far behind that it feels impossible for them to catch up.
Other challenges include: Parents who are uneducated themselves do not see the value of educating their own children. Many families move around a lot for work and this disrupts their children's schooling. Class sizes are large, especially in the primary grades.
The quality and attitude of public school teachers is often poor. Children are not learning in class. Most of the time children just get passed along to the next grade level. Cambodia's public school teachers are not paid a living wage and it is common for many teachers to demand special payments from children. Families that cannot afford to pay the informal fees keep their kids at home. In some cases, Vietnamese children can face harsh discrimination by teachers, which affects their ability to learn and leads some parents to remove their children from school rather than have them face the abuse.
Established in 2011, the Catch Up Schools are Asian Hope’s answer to fulfilling its mission of changing the future of vulnerable children in Cambodia for Christ. This program is free to children who have not been able to attend school at all or have fallen behind. This vital program helps the children ''catch up" to their grade level so that they can complete their education. The majority of the children attend both the Catch Up School and regular school.
Roughly 12% of Catch Up School students do not attend regular school. Around half of these students will likely never attend regular school because they are already 12-years-old and have never been to school. For these children, the Catch Up School is their only access to an education.
Why doesn’t Asian Hope provide one to one personal sponsorship between donors and children in the programs?
Some sponsors are more engaged than others. The child that has a less engaged sponsor often feels like they are less important or valuable. Our 1 Child 1 Year Program supports all 500 children enrolled. We don’t want the children to look to their sponsors as their source of hope but rather look to Jesus Christ and their own ability to work and achieve success for a brighter future.
Why are only 6 student profiles featured on your website?
We would love to share the individual stories of all 500 children in our Catch Up Schools! We have chosen to highlight these six children because their diverse stories and circumstances represent so many of the children who are benefiting from the Catch Up Schools.
Where is Asian Hope located? Asian Hope's headquarters is based out of Denver, Colorado USA. All our schools and programs are based in and around Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Our office & mailing address is: 2727 Bryant Street Suite #100 Denver, Colorado 80211
Is my donation secure?
Yes, Asian Hope uses RapidSSL to ensure all measures are taken to keep your information secure and safe. To learn more about RapidSSL, click here.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes for United States citizens. Asian Hope is a registered 501c3 in the US. However, we always advise you to ask a tax professional or Certified Public Accountant questions on deductibility status and any other more specific questions.
Do I get a receipt?
An email receipt is sent for credit card donations and a mailed receipt is sent for check or cash donations. Asian Hope will also send out year-end statements before January 31st.
Can I give via mail or phone?
Yes! Please make checks payable to ‘Asian Hope’ and mail them to:
2727 Bryant St. Suite 230
Denver, Colorado 80211
Office Phone Number: 303-719-7221
How do I support a staff member?
You're so close! Please visit the "Support a Staff Member" page. If you do not see the name of the individual you are hoping to support, they most likely are not able to accept support at this time. However, always feel free to call our Denver office at 303-719-7221 with any questions. You can Click Here to be taken to our designated online page for staff members who are able to receive donations for their ministry work through Asian Hope. If you do not see the name of the individual you are hoping to support, they most likely are not able to accept support at this time. However, always feel free to call our Denver office at 303-719-7221 with any questions.
You are the one that makes a difference in a child's life
- Cambodia is the fourth largest freshwater fish producer in the world thanks to the unique flow of the Mekong Delta. (2011, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN)
- The Mekong river is the second most biodiverse river in the world, after the Amazon. (2011, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN)
- The Khmer New Year is a three day celebration that is widely celebrated. It starts around April 13th, and it marks the end of the harvest season and right before the rainy season begins. (2015, Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia)
- Cambodia is regaining international recognition for its Kampot peppercorn. Before the Khmer Rouge destroyed the pepper industry, Cambodia was exporting 17.6 million pounds a year. (2010, Christian Science Monitor - TIME’s also reported it in 2012 but it doesn’t have the 17.6 number)
- There are 24 provinces, although the capital Phnom Penh will sometimes be counted as the 25th province, but technically it’s just an administrative area. (2015, Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia)
- Khmer, the national language of Cambodia has 24 vowels (2015, Cambodia Travel Guide)
- The Cambodian flag is the only flag that has a building on it. (2015 PBS)