To empower the disadvantaged with an education

Why We Do It

To empower the disadvantaged with an education

A Brief History of Modern Cambodia

Cambodia is a country still suffering under the impact of its recent history. Few countries have been wrecked as comprehensively as Cambodia. Under the Khmer Rouge, as many as 1.7 million people died between 1975 and 1979. One person in four was executed, starved, or worked to death, killed by their own leaders. To reach his dream of a self-sufficient peasant paradise, Pol Pot banned schools, commerce, culture, and religion. Anyone suspected of being an “intellectual” was murdered. The Khmer Rouge were driven out of power in 1979, but recovery in Cambodia began only in 1990. Against huge odds, Cambodians are trying to rebuild a normal life.

Cambodia in Context

  • During the 1970’s, 16.3% of the population was killed because of torture, execution, forced labor, famine and disease. Craig Etcheson, "THE NUMBER"—Quantifing Crimes Against Humanity in Cambodia", 1999
  • Much of the educated population was eliminated during the Khmer Rouge.
  • Less than 10% of rural Cambodian students graduate from high school. Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Education Statistics & Indicators, Table 25: Survival Rate and Completion Rate, 2007
  • Sex trafficking and slave labor working conditions are very real for those without an education.

Education And Exploitation

More than 90% of all Cambodian youth do not graduate from high school. More than 80% of Cambodia’s population is rural and there are few high schools in rural areas. Sex trafficking and slave labor conditions are possible outcomes for disadvantaged rural youth who travel to urban centers looking for jobs.

Our Rescue Operation

CUSP aims to stop this exodus of rural poorly-educated youth from their villages to the cities. Before the girls get trapped in sex trafficking, CUSP offers hope through further education. CUSP seeks to rescue young girls before they get trapped and damaged by those elements of society who view them as a commodity.

90% of Cambodian youth do not graduate from high school.

CUSP seeks to rescue young girls before they get trapped and damaged.