Green Umbrella was established in 2008 by a group of young people and teachers in the Putsor community near Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Led by a Buddhist monk, their objective is to provide an opportunity for education to Cambodian children and youth.
We started from the ground level to work with the Putsor community which had more than 50% of the families living below the poverty line, totaling 2500 families. Our Karuna Kumar School (KKS) has been successful until now thanks to the power of the youth in the community and by creating partnerships with international schools around the world. Their financial support and exchange programs have also enabled us to expand into other projects for the community such as the Green Umbrella part-time English School as well as the Soccer project. We saw tremendous positive change in our community as a result.
As of 2017, 82 kids are studying in KKS primary school from kindergarten to Grade 4, and 250 students at our part-time English school. Since 2008, 62 high school students have been trained to be English teachers themselves at Green Umbrella.