Project information

KCDI Kampot Traditional Music School Cambodia

Our school in Southwest Cambodia assists up to 35 vulnerable and orphan children on our Boarding Program and 400 disadvantaged children on our Community Outreach program. We specialize in the preservation of traditional Cambodian culture after the khmer rouge genocide.

January 2014 - January 2016

Charity information

Trade plus Aid -21st Century Leaders Foundation (working name)

Trade plus Aid -21st Century Leaders Foundation (working name)
  • Need


    During the Khmer Rouge genocide up to 90% of Cambodian artists were killed. Cambodia now faces losing forever its ancient cultural heritage. Cambodian society is still torn and traumatised from the war and genocide of the past. Children are the first to suffer the effect, abandoned, neglected and orphaned but also in rural areas, disadvantaged and forgotten. The tuition of traditional Cambodian arts is important as vocational training, as therapy and as a way of preserving their culture.


    In coordination with the Ministries of Culture, Education and Social Affairs:-
    -Provide care, boarding, tuition in traditional Cambodian arts, scholastic education from grades I to university level, vocational training and rehabilitation, for very vulernable children.
    -Provide free tuition in Cambodian music, dance and theatre with state exams for disadvantaged children from the local community in Kampot Province, Cambodia.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Restore, conserve and develop traditional Cambodian performing arts.


    » Provide free tuition in Cambodian music, dance and Yike theatre, plus other traditional art forms to vulnerable children from the Province of Kampot.
    » Give free-arts training to over 400 disadvantaged children from local primary schools in Kampot Town.
    » Promote national / international awareness of the value of Cambodia's cultural heritage by giving performances locally, nationally and internationally

    Through concerts, national competitions, production of CD of music, video of performances, national examinations with RUFA, coordination with 4 local primary schools and Ministry.

    Aim 2

    To care and heal vulnerable children through the use of traditional performing arts, education..


    » Residential care for up to 25 very vulnerable children from primary school age to university entrance level. Cooperating with Min. of Social Affairs.
    » Quality tuition in music, dance and theatre as therapy and vocational training by teachers from the University of Fine Arts & National Theatre
    » Academic scholastic education from primary school level to University entrance level, including high school and Lyceum exams and college entrance exam
    » Transition program for students aged 18+ with vocational training in all areas including the arts, developing skills to become independent adults.

    Success with be caring for 25 orphaned and disabled children on our residential program and making sure they realize their goals and become independent, successful young adults.

  • Impact


    Already 450 orphaned and disabled children on our residential program and our free arts training program have graduated, to become professional musicians, artsts, business entrepreneurs, teachers and have started their own families.We expect these results from our current group of residential children and children from our free arts training program. We will monitor those children who graduate. Our projects also protects Cambodia's traditional cultural heritage from irretrievable loss.


    There is the risk that some children may pull out from our free arts training. We have dealt with this in the past by involving the heads of local primary schools and Kampot department of Culture to help resolve problems connected to the child's absense, such as family problems, poverty etc; We also closely work with the Department of Social Affairs and local village chiefs to ensure proper documentation and awareness for those vulnerable children resident at our school.


    Funders of this project will receive a report every quarter including latest updates on the project and children involved, as well as a financial expenditure report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,850

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,124 Food Provisions Nourishing meals for residential children for 1 year
      £11,985 Cambodian staff support Support for teachers, housemothers and coordinating Cambodian staff, workshops
      £2,657 Clothing provisions Clothing for 1 year for residential children
      £2,322 Health & Medical, transport Medical care for both residential & art training community children, site maintenance and repair,
      £2,108 Transition & Re-integration Integration program for students aged 18+
      £1,654 Operational costs Photocopies, books, office and scholastic materials
  • Background


    Address: 1, Ouksophea, Kampong Bay, Kampot Town, Cambodia
    Location: In the heart of Kampot Provincial Town, next to the Department of Finance and accross the road from the Department of Culture.
    Until 1997, Kampot suffered from civil war with the Khmer Rouge stronghold nearby in Phnom Vor mountain


    Direct Beneficiaries: 425 disadvantaged and vulnerable children from primary school age to university entrance level. Three quarters are girls.
    Indirect Beneficiaries: 11 Cambodian staff, of whom half are women.
    Indirect Beneficiaries: Province of Kampot Population around 300,000.
    Recent History: Khmer Rouge genocide which killed up to 1/3 of population, including 90% artists. Kampot suffers from TBC, malaria and AIDS, lack of clean drinking water and electricity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity was the first to create a specialist music school for orphaned and disabled children in 1994, outside the University of Fine Arts. We have dedicated 20 years of expertise in the revival of Cambodian culture after the devestation of the Khmer Rouge genocide. Our school was awarded the UNESCO world decade for cultural development and the Cambodian Ministry of Culture last year declared our school a role model for the rest of Cambodia.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Uon Sambo

    Uon Sambo is Pin Peat music teacher and has dedicated his young life to the restoration of his artistic heritage.

    Tong Sam An

    Cambodian classical ballet teacher. After surviving the Khmer Rouge and losing her family. She has dedicated her life to the revival of this art form.

    Kru BèM

    Kru Bèm is the last surviving expert on the ancient Yike theatre. He and his wife are precious members of our staff.

    Catherine Louise Geach

    Catherine Geach is the founder of the Kampot Traditional Music School /KCDI and has worked as a volunteer to keep the school going for 20 years.

Without our culture we are lost

Kim Song