ABCs and Rice

Empowering the poor, through education and community support,
to break the cycle of poverty.

ABOUT US

 We employ 6 Khmer teachers, 3 support workers and 3 farm staff; offering them support and training as they strive to advance their careers. We also accept committed volunteer assistants from across the globe.

ABCs currently assists over 180 students and their families, relying heavily on help from volunteers and donors.

Our Vision:
 
ABC and Rice facilitates the empowerment of the poor to break the cycle of poverty.
 
Our Mission:
The mission of ABC and Rice is to activate global awareness and helpful resources on the plight of those caught in a cycle of poverty; and to initiate, operate effective community projects, based on the concept of educating children in their native culture and English literacy, while concurrently nurturing the physical and psychological well-being of the children and their families. 
 
Core Beliefs
 
1. Every child has an inalienable right to food, education, shelter, health services and safety.
 
2. A large percentage of those in the world who 'have'', are willing and ready to help those who "have not".
 
3. There is a difference between taking care of people in poverty and caring for people in poverty - only when we put the physical and intellectual resources at the disposal of the poor are they able to use them to help themselves break the cycle of poverty, will we have done the right thing.
 
 4. Education creates personal power.
 
Core Values
 
Integrity. Our organization's activities, services, and programs are consistent with our stated missions, compatible with our organizational capacity, respectful of the interests of our varied constituencies, and managed with the highest level of professionalism.
 
Respect and Dignity. We respect the dignity and autonomy of each person, and the integrity, privacy, pride, beliefs, and cultures of our varied constituencies—the people we serve, our employees, donors, volunteers, and others. Policies that govern our working relationships with these constituencies (e.g., client confidentiality, fair process) reflect this commitment.
 
Good Citizenship. We comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. We keep the broader interests of the community in mind even as we advance our own specific interests, and look for opportunities to become partners with those working in the private and public sectors. We value respectful, reasoned dialogue with one another when we disagree.
 
Care and Loyalty. As organizations we enable our individual board members to exercise their duties of care and loyalty. Individual board members are reasonably informed and participate in board decisions in good faith. They do not use their position for individual personal advantage.
 
Truth-telling and Openness. We provide truthful information about our missions, program activities, use of donations, and finances. We are accessible and responsive to members of the public who express an interest in the affairs of our organizations.
 
Accountability. The true measure of our success as nonprofits is whether individual lives—and our communities—change for the better as a result of our work. Being mission-focused, producing measurable outcomes, conducting program evaluations, and developing and maintaining sound financial management are important elements of our accountability.
 
Stewardship. We are able to accomplish our missions through the generosity of others.
 We respect donors’ intentions and restrictions on the use of their gifts, and promote responsible stewardship of the resources they entrust to us for the accomplishment of our work.
 
Excellence. We support and encourage visionary governance, exemplary management, excellent service and program delivery, and exceptional staff. We value and uphold the highest ethical and professional standards in all working relations.
 
 
 

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