Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions below – however, if you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact us and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
How many students and families do you support?
We currently support more than 20 full-time students, ranging from primary school, secondary school, high school, college and university. We support all of our student’s families in a variety of ways, including sustainable income initiatives. For more more information, please see our work.
Is Life Project Cambodia a registered charity?
Yes. In Australia, Life Project Cambodia Ltd is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). We have met the ACNC’s legal meaning of being a charity and have ongoing obligations to the ACNC, including annual reporting, and keeping our information on the ACNC register up-to-date.
In Cambodia, Life Project Cambodia Organization is a Non-Goverment Organization (NGO), registered with the Ministry of Interior (MOI). We have met the MOI’s legal meaning of being an NGO and have ongoing obligations to the MOI as well as local, district, provincial and national levels of goverment including district and national departments of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSAVY / DoSAVY).
See our Reports and Policies for more information.
Is Life Project Cambodia an orphanage?
No. We are not an orphanage, and we do not operate a residential care facility. All of our students live with their families, or some of our students who are from remote rural areas, are living in independent community-based accommodation so they can study in Siem Reap. Our students are from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds including former “street kids” who worked instead of attending school and children and youth from impoverished rural villages. However diverse their backgrounds, they all shared one thing in common – none of them had the chance to either begin, or stay in school. Without an education, these children and young adults would have continued in the same cycle of poverty.
We work closely with UNICEF Cambodia, Friends International, the ChildSafe Movement, and both the Ministry and Department of Social Affairs Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation in regards to child protection, social work, and independent community-based living arrangements. For more more information, please see our work.
Is Life Project Cambodia a religious organization?
No. Life Project Cambodia is a secular organization – we are not aligned with any religion and we do not teach any religious study. This is a question we get asked a lot, and it’s important for people to understand. Many of our students and staff are Buddhist, and Cambodia celebrates many national Buddhist holidays and festivals. While we fully respect all religious beliefs and the right to religious freedoms, we are not a religious organization.
Can I make an online donation? Is it safe?
Yes. You can make an online donation to Life Project Cambodia using our secure online payment gateway, powered by the Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund, managed by Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS).
To make a secure online donation, please click here.
For more information on how to donate via direct bank deposit or international bank transfer, please click here.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. In Australia, we can accept tax deductible donations from Australian individuals or organisations. Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (managed by RAWCS) has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registration and has been listed as a Charitable Fund so we can accept tax deductible donations from individuals or organisations.
For more information, please click here.
Can I volunteer with Life Project while I am in Cambodia?
The short answer? No.
For a number of reasons, Life Project Cambodia does not offer volunteer placements working with our students or in any other area of our organization in Cambodia. While we understand that most volunteers mean well and genuinely want to help – when it comes to the education and welfare of children and youth, we believe that “voluntourism” simply isn’t the answer. Whilst volunteering with children and youth in a developing country may represent an interesting and memorable experience for the volunteer, ask yourself what long-term good it does for the children. Children need permanent caregivers and experienced, professional teachers with whom they can develop stable and long-term reciprocal relationships. Such attachments form the foundation for other relationships and are paramount to the development of their self-confidence. Volunteers who are only passing through, who are from a different culture and speak a different language cannot function as stable attachment figures. We also believe that there are many passionate and experienced local Khmer people, capable of running our organization and offering the skills and services we need – and in 2017, Life Project Cambodia Organization is proudly a 100% Khmer team.
Life Project Cambodia follows and promotes the guidelines and practices of ChildSafe, a movement actively protecting children and youth. There are of course ways in which long-term volunteering can be done correctly, and many other organizations offer such placements. For more information on how to be a ChildSafe volunteer and traveller, please visit the ChildSafe website at www.thinkchildsafe.org
Can I visit Life Project while I am in Cambodia?
Yes. It is possible to visit our organization and meet our local team in Siem Reap. We always look forward to discussing our work with those who are interested, and are happy to answer your questions. Site visits are conducted by our team and co-ordinated in a way in which they have the least impact on our student’s daily life. Visitors can expect a short visit, consisting of an outline of our work, and a Q&A with our director and/or project manager – however contact with our students is not permitted. All vistors must present a valid photo ID (passport for foreign visitors and National ID card for Khmer guests) and site vists are by appointment only.
To request a site visit, please contact us.
Can I fundraise or volunteer with Life Project in Australia?
Yes. There are many ways in which you can fundraise and volunteer with others to raise awareness and funding to help Life Project Cambodia. We have regular fundraising activities in Australia and we’re always looking for other responsible people to volunteer and assist, or create their own events.
Can I fundraise in other countries?
Yes. However, as rules and regulations regarding fundraising differ from country to country, please contact us for more information on fundraising in your country.
Does LPC have any paid employees in Australia?
No. All of our help at Life Project Cambodia Ltd (Australia), from our directors to fundraising teams, comes from a group of wonderful, dedicated volunteers. We keep our operations costs as low as possible, and one of the ways we are able to do this, is to pay zero salaries in Australia. As always, we’d like to say a huge thank you to our team of volunteers in Australia, and of course around the world!
Does LPC have any paid foreign/expat employees in Cambodia?
No. We’re proud to say that our local team at Life Project Cambodia Organization (Cambodia) is a 100% Khmer team. Salaries are only paid to local Khmer staff. Our co-founder and director, Vin, is Australian, however Vin volunteers his time as an active board member in an advisory role. Vin is the only foreign national on our board of directors, all other board members of Life Project Cambodia Organization are Khmer.