Khmer for Khmer Organisation, Siem Reap, Cambodia

KKO was founded in 2009 by Moeun Phary and Markus Tigges. Phary had been working as a successful language and IT teacher, and found she was unable to educate many students who wanted to learn, because their families were unable to pay for it. Through Phary's determination to offer free education to those most in need, KKO was born.

The organisation, based across Veal Village and Siem Reap, Cambodia, offers free vocational training to local students in tailoring and mechanics, empowering otherwise impoverished adults, and enabling them to work and provide for a better future. Aided by various international volunteers, KKO is currently training around 25 adults through these workshops.

KKO also provides a free education to currently around 260 local children, through English and computing classes. They have also opened a Kindergarten and volleyball pitch, providing a fun, safe and educational environment for children living in a community, of which 50% of people live in extreme poverty.

KKO's projects are largely funded through various bike tours that they offer to tourists around the area, to the impressive nearby temples and countryside. Visit their website at