ALA Academy

Angkor Legacy Academy (ALA) is a Cambodian Rural Children’s Educational Organization

Historically Cambodia is known as a poor country in the world, because of its civil war and genocide that lasted for decades. The war has left many Cambodians living in a very difficult situation. People mostly live on the brink of starvation and are homelessness. People do not have much education. They are living in poverty in Cambodia which is characterized by having little or no income, little or no access to food, health services, or even clean water. Moreover, many people in rural Cambodia do not have proper housing, nor an education.

Decades of civil war in Cambodia have left scars, both socially and economically. Lolei is a village located in the Bakong Commune, Brasat Bakong District, just 14km east of Siem Reap. Lolei is the ancient zone which does not have very well developed living conditions. Villagers live in a very hard situation with no or little land to farm.


In Lolei, Only 6 people have been working as state teachers; about 12 families have been selling groceries from their homes; about 125 people have been working with construction; about 13 people have been working in the tourism industry. The rest is unemployed and stay at home to grow some vegetables and rear animals. These people are illiterate. This includes about 2,300 children including 5 other surrounding villages. Many of the village’s children have lost one or both of their parents.  A large number of them have lost their fathers while they served in the army.  The most prevalent illnesses in the community are malnutrition, HIV, hepatitis, typhoid, tuberculosis and dengue fever. Rice water and salt supplemented by the collection of frogs and red ants is the staple diet for many of the children in the Lolei community.  Mothers are often unable to produce milk for their babies and are therefore forced to feed them only the water from boiled rice.


ALA is a non-profit organization that develops and manages projects towards helping the poorest Cambodians in their communities. ALA’s fundamental goal is empowering people and creating the conditions necessary for sustainable development through education and outreach programs.

Cambodia is dependent on tourism which provides a great number of future employment opportunities.  For a career within the tourism industry or for many outside of it, English and other languages and computer literacy are essential.
ALA believes that every child has the right to a free, high-quality education.  A good education enables children and young adults to develop the essential skills they need to make positive changes in their lives and to break free from poverty.
Our school provides a secure and happy environment for the children it serves.  Children follow a consistent curriculum with a clear learning path.  English speaking volunteers give students an opportunity to learn English as effectively as possible.

The school director and the teachers currently work on a voluntary basis. It was founded by Sovannarith in April 2011.

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Tel: +85592422944 / 70986677

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