Roots Cambodia will serve the community of Roluos in rural Cambodia. The village is located 16km outside of Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor, making it part of the UNESCO world heritage site. Siem Reap is Cambodia’s tourism hub, hosting a large number of hotels, restaurants and other businesses. The city increasingly offers new jobs for educated young professionals. Yet whilst the 5000 people who call Roluos home have the proximity to Siem Reap, they often lack the education to make the most of the opportunities available to them.
The main source of income for the people of Roluos is seasonal work in form of agriculture and construction. Often children are asked to help their families as short-term work force instead of attending school. Those who do attend school only do so for four hours a day and rarely learn English or other life skills to an extent that encourages lasting careers and an understanding for the environment.
Thus, the people of Roluos have expressed their wish to open a specialized learning center within their village to provide their children with additional life skills alongside thorough English training. The community – as well as the team behind Roots Cambodia – see English as an important tool for students to broaden their career options and consciously develop the entire community over time.