The word "anjali" means "gifts". Anjali House is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that offers a place of refuge, care and education for about 80 underprivileged children between four and 16 years old, primarily from the Wat Svay and Wat Damnak regions.
Every morning and afternoon, Anjali House works with a group of children, with the subject of lessons ranging between Khmer, English, sport, dance, IT, culture and ethics. In addition, they learn to pay more attention to personal hygiene, they benefit from medical and dental care and also receive a rice-based meal three times a day. A tuk-tuk driver accompanies the children from Anjali House to school and back, and in the evenings, provides a way back home to their families.
Currently, we support Anjali House with up to EUR 2,000 p.a., a sum that covers the daily provision of the portions of rice essential for the children's well-being. Some of our members also use part of their annual leave to make a personal visit to Anjali House.
One major focus of such visits is for members to lend a hand with local activities. You are very welcome to help top up our financial contribution to Anjali House by giving your support to our charity.
Another valuable way of helping is to support Anjali House directly. Anjali House has developed a number of sponsorship programs,
For more information, go to http://www.anjali-house.com
We view Anjali House as especially worthy of support, since we are especially impressed by its concept. Support is given not only to the children that seek refuge there, and eat, drink and learn at the House: they also take their knowledge back to their own families.
In the evenings, they are brought home by a tuk-tuk driver. These children thus work as "multipliers": at home, they talk about washing hands and cleaning teeth and teach a little English to their brothers and sisters. In addition, the families also receive a weekly ration of rice. Before being accepted into Anjali House, almost all of the children begged on the streets, collected trash or sold souvenirs in order to earn money for their poverty-stricken relatives.
Many of them were ill and suffering from neglect, with no means of securing a sufficient supply of food or clean drinking water, nor access to adequate healthcare. With their relatives unable to fund attendance at a local school or with attendance cut short due to financial hardship, the children generally ended up on the street, working to scrape together money for their families.
Anjali House deliberately chose a model where the children attending the House do not live and grow up apart from other family members. Instead, the House attempts to capitalize on the fact that these children are not entirely orphans, and thus to provide help that targets precisely this state of affairs.
In this way, the children, while not forcibly separated from the people they are close to (and, ultimately, the reality of daily life in Cambodia), are nonetheless given the chance to go to school and experience constant, daily support. Anjali House guarantees sustenance for each of the families themselves with a weekly ration of 3-4 kilograms of rice.
Anjali House was founded in 2006 under the aegis of the Angkor Photography Festival Association (APF). This group has set itself the goal of promoting photography and thus drawing attention to the need for humanitarian aid in South-East Asia. Anjali House developed from a one-off dance event in Siem Reap and a photo workshop with APF: during the event, the children taking part stayed off the streets, they had a job to do that was fun, which gave them self-assurance and made them feel proud of their work. Support from AFP outlasted the festival itself: the children from Anjali House now take part in the Angkor Photography Festival every year and have the opportunity to work with famous photographers from all over the world.
In the meantime, Anjali House has received (or will receive) support from the French Embassy, Adidas, Globalteer and other private sponsors, such as creating smiles, for example.
The then Director Sam Flint was able to get the project going with a two-year startup support fund provided by the French Embassy's Fond du Social Development (FSD) and other sponsors. However, the two years are long up and this permanent financial support is no longer present.
PO BOX 93165
Kingdom of Cambodia
Tel : +855 (0)92 56 17 32