AusCam Freedom Project, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

AusCam Freedom Project (AFP) is registered as a charity in Australia and International NGO in Cambodia. It was founded by an Australian couple in 2012 who had previously been working with a human right’s NGO in Cambodia. During their earlier work they realised the need for longer term support for girls who have been care. AFP began with a transitional care home for girls while they moved into foster care or re-joined the local community.

They changed their strategy and model after drawing links between the girls needing this care and a lack of education and now focus on intervention measures to prevent girls from dropping out of school in the first place. They believe that if you educate girls you enable them to change their futures and circumstances to break the cycle of poverty.

AFP run 2 main projects to reduce the barriers that economically disadvantaged girls face, ensuring they remain enrolled at school. The first project is SHINE Girls, which provides educational materials, case management and family support. They follow a solutions-based approach, working one on one with the girls and their families. They work in partnership with local government schools to identify the girls needing support. The second is the SHE project which provides life skills, careers counselling, digital literacy and girls clubs. These are open to all girls attending their partner schools.


For more information, please visit their website.