Shine Cambodia Incorporated was established in Otres in April 2016 in response to Painting Smiles English School closing down. This closure inspired Suzanne Wright, who had managed Painting Smiles from 2013-2015, to start again with a new vision: To create a holistic centre to offer children in poverty a bright future.
With a classroom donated by Painting Smiles and 20 eager students, Suzanne and Piseth Sen Neary, the Cambodian teacher, became Shine Cambodia.
From April – October 2016, Shine provided 2 hours a day of free English lessons (one hour to each ability level), health and hygiene classes, and occasional programmes of art and environmental awareness.
In October 2016, Suzanne returned to Cambodia, now a resident in Australia, with a sustainability plan. She conducted a needs analysis with community leaders to ensure that the holistic services offered are those actually needed by the community and the vision became clear.
The word spread.
Shine Cambodia opened its temporary doors (using borrowed classrooms) and 80 students enrolled with more than 40 children waiting to enrol!
In 2017, Shine Cambodia provided structured programs and services to over 90 students and their families.
This is just the start of our incredible challenge…and we need your help.