Sunrise Cambodia

Sunrise Cambodia

Sunrise Cambodia provides a safe and nurturing learning environment to children living some of the most impoverished communities in the world. Sunrise Cambodiais the registered Australian charity I founded in 1993, which supports Sunrise Children’s Villages, where they have a residential centre for at-risk children, giving 24/7 care to more than 100 children, 20 kms from Phnom Penh The children that come to us have often been trafficked into prostitution, slave labour, begging rings, illegal adoption rings, are victims of domestic violence due to parental alcoholism or drug dependency, abandoned in hospitals by their families,  disabled or live on the streets to survive. As a result, they are in great need emotionally and physically when they arrive at Sunrise Cambodia.

At Sunrise Cambodia these poor young victims are rescued from their terrible situation in life, and provided a home, food, clothing, government school, medical and dental care, English, Mandarin and computer lessons, classes in music, art, dance and sport, but more important of all, love.  They provide university studies in Cambodia when they pass Grade 12 and they cover other living costs for them outside Sunrise Cambodia for these students. For the students who do not pass, they give them vocational training courses in car repair, air conditioning maintenance, plumbing, electricity, printing, administration, management, hospitality and beauty. No one leaves us without a job and the means to live an independent life.

In addition, they support more than 150 disadvantaged community children from neighbouring villages. Their parents are often very poor rice farmers, who cannot provide their children such a good start in life.  At Sunrise Cambodia they receive the same educational opportunities as our residential children and return home at the end of the day to live with their families.


Sunrise Cambodia is a world-class charity working on the ground in Cambodia to give much-needed help to at-risk kids, struggling families and poor communities in some of the most poverty-stricken provinces of the country.
Cambodia has a heart breaking recent history which has crippled this beautiful south east Asian country. During the 1960s and ’70s, while civil war raged in Cambodia, the USA carpet bombed the Cambodian countryside. The communists won the civil war and over the next four years, more than a quarter of the population was systematically murdered by its leader, Pol Pot. More than thirty years later, the disastrous impact on the gentle-natured people of Cambodia is still profound.
Sunrise Cambodia began in the early 1990s when a South Australian fifty-year old named Geraldine Cox began a small orphanage to care for the some of the orphaned grandchildren from Pol Pot’s regime. Unable to have her own children, Geraldine became “Mum to Many” as she took in street kids, orphans and the disabled to give them good food, a place to sleep, an education and lots of love.
With the need so great, Sunrise Cambodia has grown to support whole communities with the basics for survival: clean water, sanitation and healthcare, followed by education. We have 100 Cambodian staff and a small fundraising team in Australia.
The work of Sunrise Cambodia is entirely funded by generous donors.

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Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more than fifteen years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain and Bali. He spends most of his time in Asia. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of several Asian cultures and people. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories and articles for travel magazines. Follow Thomas on

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