Who we fund


Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (“KAPE”) is the largest education-focused local NGO in Cambodia. KAPE implements projects, programs and research at all levels of the education system. Direct beneficiaries currently number well over 71,000 children at 165 schools across 11 provinces.

One of KAPE’s core initiatives is the ‘Total Reading Approach for Children’ (“TRAC”) project. TRAC is a strategically important project for Cambodia that has already made major breakthroughs in improving the reading skills of children in the early grades (mainly Grades 1 and 2), a key determinant of future academic attainment. Changes in reading ability have been empirically validated using treatment and control groups that provide firm evidence that the TRAC innovations are highly effective, and the initiative has strong buy-in from the Cambodian Ministry of Education (“MoEYS”).

The Phoenix Foundation is proud to support KAPE through the provision of funding for the next phase of the TRAC project, which includes a roll-out to more than 18 new sites and an expansion of the project to include pre-school education, benefiting thousands of students each year and generating further empirical evidence to support a nationwide adoption of the approach.

Stairway Foundation

Stairway was established in 1990 as an alternative program for the most marginalized and endangered street children in the Philippines. The organisation is now a leading advocate on children’s rights in the region, especially in respect of the protection of children from sexual abuse and other types of exploitation.

In addition to their work on children’s rights, and in response to obvious need in their local community, Stairway also established a Community Assistance Program (“CAP”) to provide: educational assistance bursaries for hundreds of poor and deserving students each year; a summer resource and recreational program; community education and crisis intervention; a school feeding program; a medical program; and a livelihood program for the local indigenous people. Stairway also offers educational opportunities to the local community by providing awareness sessions on children’s rights, child sexual abuse prevention, environmental protection, adolescent reproductive health, child sex trafficking prevention and other issues relevant to children. Stairway also responds to child abuse cases from the community which need immediate intervention.

The Phoenix Foundation is very proud to support Stairway’s activities through the provision of funding for their Community Assistance Program.

PEPY Empowering Youth

PEPY is a Cambodian NGO dedicated to helping rural youth maximise their educational and vocational potential, so as to break the cycle of poverty in their communities.

Operating in Siem Reap province (one of the poorest provinces in Cambodia despite the booming tourist industry around Angkor Wat), PEPY runs integrated programs to make rural youth aware of their own potential and career opportunities, and provides holistic capacity building, relevant context-based instruction, and community outreach services. PEPY also provides university and vocational college scholarships, which include academic, vocational, mental and practical support, to a cohort of carefully selected, highly motivated students each year. 100% of PEPY’s scholarship recipients have gone on to graduate, and all have been successful in securing skilled employment.

The Phoenix Foundation is proud to support all aspects of PEPY’s activities.

Bahay Tuluyan

Bahay Tuluyan is an award winning, grassroots-level NGO dedicated to preventing and responding to abuse and exploitation of vulnerable children in the Philippines.

Beginning as a drop-in centre where children could go to have a bath, rest, eat and play in the Malate area of Manila in 1987, the organisation currently manages an integrated suite of child-centred programs across three sites in areas including:

  • Emergency and Residential Care
  • Social Work and Case Management
  • Formal and Informal Education and Training Services
  • Community Outreach through Mobile Units and Street Educators
  • Advocacy and Research.

Bahay Tuluyan provides intensive, individualised services to hundreds of extremely vulnerable children each year, with expert case management and direct services aimed at healing and assisting recovery. They also touch the lives of thousands of children and their families each year through their community-based activities.

The Phoenix Foundation is proud to support Bahay Tuluyan’s activities through the provision of general organisational funding.

Teach for the Philippines

Teach for the Philippines (“TFP”), a member of the ‘Teach for All’ global network, is dedicated to transforming the Philippines’ public education system to ensure all children have access to relevant and excellent education.

TFP selects and intensively trains some of the country’s most promising graduates and young leaders, and places them in 2-year teaching posts in schools in underprivileged communities throughout the Philippines. TFP’s ‘Teacher Fellows’ educate and inspire thousands of students each year, who consistently show statistically significant improvements in educational attainment compared to control groups.

After their 2-year teaching placements, the Teacher Fellows are provided with career counselling, mentorship, leadership training, and networking opportunities to help them secure meaningful work in the fields of education, government, social enterprise, and the private sector. Nearly 80% of TFP’s alumni go on to work in ‘Education Reform’ – decision-making roles in the fields of education, government, development, and social enterprise.

The Phoenix Foundation is proud to support all aspects of Teach for the Philippines’ activities, including a new project aimed at improving quality of education and support for children from indigenous communities.

This Life Cambodia

This Life Cambodia (“TLC”) is an award winning and highly-respected community development NGO with programs across three core practice areas:

  • Children and Families
  • Community Research and Consultancy
  • Education

TLC believes local communities are the experts at identifying their problems and priorities, and adopts a strategy of working with local communities, advocating for children, families and community stakeholders, as they define and implement their own solutions.

One of TLC’s core Education initiatives is the ‘Lower Secondary School Development Program’ (“LSSDP”), a proven 3-year model for school development. LSSDP empowers communities to take ownership of their state schools to drive improvements at the local level. TLC works with each school’s Support Committee (a government mandated group similar to a PTA) and Student Council, and trains these stakeholders to become advocates for improving their schools based on their priorities.

The Phoenix Foundation is proud to support TLC’s roll-out of LSSDP programs in 8 new schools in underprivileged communities, with a total annual student population of around 2000.

Young Focus

Operating in the desperately poor Smokey Mountain area of Manila, home to thousands of families who rely on the garbage ‘industry’ associated with the city’s largest landfill site, Young Focus gives underprivileged and marginalized children a chance to develop their talents and, in doing so, a chance to escape poverty.

Young Focus believes that education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty. The organisation provides a complementary range of educational programs for children of all ages, including early childhood education for 3-5 year olds; scholarships and bridging education for school-age children; and life skills training and vocational support for marginalised teenagers who have never received an education. Young Focus also provides nutrition and nutrition education to address malnutrition in the area, as well as social care and community development services. Young Focus’ programs directly serve many hundreds of children, as well as their families and the wider community, every year.