Shine provides the community of Otres, Cambodia with the resources and support needed to break free from the poverty cycle. Programs include supplementary education, health and well-being, family support and social care. Shine provides volunteer opportunities and experience to young people in Melbourne. Through Shine, young people can acquire and hone the skills to work with a not-for-profit charity, or start their own social enterprise, whilst experiencing the joy of altruism.
The operations are delivered by over 100 volunteers, the majority of whom are under 16. Operations are governed by a team of professionals: educators, health, corporate and social sector volunteers.
We believe education should be available to everyone. It is unparalleled in its role in breaking the poverty cycle. We aim to provide educational resources and an opportunity for life-long learning, so Cambodian children and families can support themselves: improving their well-being, providing economic stability and proving the value of education which will be passed to others.
We believe it is a basic human right to live a healthy life. A healthy body and mind allows personal growth, learning and an individual the opportunity to reach their potential. We hope to help Cambodian people be happy and healthy. By providing access to healthcare, optometrists, dental care, and home support Shine seeks to remove the barriers to learning and well-being.
Shine Cambodia believes in everyone having a voice. We are committed to listening to the Cambodian people and providing the community support that is required. The community is led and made up of the Cambodian people; Shine Cambodia is there to assist in improving the quality of life and our well-being programs are all community based.
We believe that sustainable change requires a holistic approach. Shine strives for long-term solutions not quick fixes. We aim to provide programs and services that will eventually enable communities to be self-sustaining. We believe lasting change comes through education and by removing the barriers to learning we can make it accessible to all.
Shine believes that education is empowering; charity is disempowering. A solution to poverty can only be achieved through the acquisition of knowledge and through improving the access to education so an individual can be independent; it cannot be solved through hand-outs. Shine respects human rights and champions the importance of each individual’s rights.