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ABCs and Rice is located in the Poom Sala and Kroligne area of Siem Reap.

ABCs currently assists over 250 students and their families, through food and education. Students attend ABCs and Rice for half the day and local Khmer school the other half.

Our core programs are:

  • English school: Eight classes taught by Khmer educators and supported by volunteers from all over the world.

  • Breakfast and lunch club: ​Provided by Pack the Essentials.

  • Rice rations: Distributed to families once a month to encourage excellent attendance.

  • Supplies sponsorship: Sponsorship of uniforms and other school supplies so students can be prepared in Khmer school.

  • Higher Education scholarships: Partial or fully funded tuition for students with higher education aspirations.


ABCs and Rice empowers families, individuals and communities through education to break the cycle of poverty.




The mission of ABCs and Rice is to activate global awareness and helpful resources on the plight of those caught in a cycle of poverty; and to initiate and operate effective community projects, based on the concept of educating children in their native culture and English literacy, while concurrently nurturing the physical and psychological well-being of the children and their families. 




1. Every child has an inalienable right to food, education, shelter, health services and safety.

2. A large percentage of those in the world who 'have'', are willing and ready to help those who "have not"


3. The best way to support someone out of poverty is to equip them with physical and intellectual resources.


4. Education creates personal power and opportunity.





Our organization's activities, services, and programs are consistent with our stated missions, compatible with our organizational capacity, respectful of the interests of our varied constituencies, and managed with the highest level of professionalism.


Respect and Dignity. 

We respect the dignity and autonomy of each person, and the integrity, privacy, pride, beliefs, and cultures of our varied constituencies - the people we serve, our employees, donors, volunteers and others. Policies that govern our working relationships with these constituencies (e.g., client confidentiality, fair process) reflect this commitment.


Good Citizenship. 

We comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. We keep the broader interests of the community in mind even as we advance our own specific interests, and look for opportunities to become partners with those working in the private and public sectors. We value respectful, reasoned dialogue with one another when we disagree.


Care and Loyalty. 

As organizations we enable our individual board members to exercise their duties of care and loyalty. Individual board members are reasonably informed and participate in board decisions in good faith. They do not use their position for individual personal advantage.


Truth-telling and Openness. 

We provide truthful information about our missions, program activities, use of donations, and finances. We are accessible and responsive to members of the public who express an interest in the affairs of our organizations.



The true measure of our success as non-profits is whether individual lives and our communities change for the better as a result of our work. Being mission-focused, producing measurable outcomes, conducting program evaluations, and developing and maintaining sound financial management are important elements of our accountability.



We are able to accomplish our missions through the generosity of others. We respect donors’ intentions and restrictions on the use of their gifts, and promote responsible stewardship of the resources they entrust to us for the accomplishment of our work.



We support and encourage visionary governance, exemplary management, excellent service and program delivery, and exceptional staff. We value and uphold the highest ethical and professional standards in all working relations.






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