Savong’s dream of bringing free English language instruction to rural Cambodia started to take shape in 2004 when he met two visitors from Japan, Yoshikazu Tsuji and Makoto Kimura, and a visitor from New Zealand, Duncan Stuart.  Together they formed the initial support that led to the construction of the Savong School in 2005.

The Savong School is located about 30 minutes east of Siem Reap which is located in the northern part of Cambodia.  It is primarily an English language school but there are also Japanese as well as Korean classes.  Thanks to supporters from around the world, the school provides instruction to several hundred enrolled students who attend the classes voluntarily and without cost to them.

Besides education, Savong saw the enormous need to help the children in the community whose families were dealing with the issues associated with extreme poverty.  In 2009, the Savong Orphan Center (now called the Children’s Home) was built which provides food, shelter and education for over thirty children.

Over the next few years, Savong continued with his ambitious projects. He added another classroom to the Savong School, worked with an Austrian group to create the Happy Sunshine Organization and established the Savong Student Center which the Savong Foundation now operates.   By fulfilling needs and opening up opportunities, there is no doubt that Savong continues to make a huge impact in the lives of many Cambodians and this dedication and care for others is inspiring no matter where you live in the world.

Savong lives with his wife and three children in Siem Reap.  Please contact him at svaysavong@gmail.com.