ABCs and Rice

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are three main areas of business at ABCs and Rice:

  1. Education (consists of School, the Back to School Program, Community Health and Well being, Extra-Curricular, Vocational Studies within ABCs, Career Development beyond ABCs, Staff Training and Development)
  2. Food (Full Belly Farm, Breakfast Club, Reverse Tuition, Staff and Community Training and Development)
  3. Special projects (Community Support and Development)


Each area of business has been explored in-depth in the Strategic Plan 2012-2015 in order to identify the objectives and actions necessary to deliver the required outcome. See The Future of ABCs



This sponsorship proposal has been divided into four separate packages:

  1. Education Program
  2. Back to School Program
  3. Food Program
  4. Full Belly Farm


The packages explain in detail the costs of running each program – on both a monthly and annual basis.  Large cost items within those programs are also defined.


There are four ways you could sponsor ABCs and Rice:

  1. Monthly direct debit
  2. One-off donation
  3. Sponsorship of a program for a month or a year
  4. Sponsorship of a large-cost item – typically a one-off expense


How will you or your organisation be acknowledged for donations, if they are substantial?  We can place plaques (including memorials) on infrastructure items to acknowledge your sponsorship or bequest.  For program sponsorship, we can provide a photo essay on the program with logo placement and a certificate of appreciation.  Donors may also be acknowledged as the recipient of the Rising Star Award in the ABCs and Rice newsletter.

Project Description – education program

Since English is increasingly viewed as the language of international communication, literacy becomes a most valuable tool.  This applies globally and Cambodia is no exception.  With average monthly salaries of $30 to $60USD per family, having English language skills - even the most basic - allows that monthly earning potential to double.  ABCs and Rice has always viewed education as a key element in empowering the impoverished to break the cycle of poverty. 


Our focus on English is in line with the needs and demands of employers and post-secondary education providers in the area.  We aim to provide the highest quality of education in a safe and fun environment where children can grow physically, emotionally, and academically.  Fun, interesting, and useful skills are all taught in English, building up to a well- rounded, nurturing education. 


Our goal here is to empower the locals to help themselves.  The staff at ABCs and Rice are another layer to the project as our teachers are all university students training with us to become professional teachers.  Our support workers are all community members who were otherwise deemed un-employable.  We continuously provide and seek out training for our staff, and most are enrolled in additional evening classes sponsored through ABCs and Rice. 


We invite skilled volunteers from around the globe to come, offer ideas, and assist in training and support of the local staff.  As the staff grow in their skill and confidence levels we aim to promote them into management roles.  This handover will allow the current directors and managers (all volunteers) to move on to the next identified area in need, where the process will start again.


There are often severe problems at the homes of our children - the child or a family member is sick, a victim of violence, or has been rendered homeless.  We offer referral to other relevant organisations, a sponsored tuk-tuk ride to an area professional, a one-time goods donation, or the absorption of medical costs.  We encourage the family to take this responsibility, however, in many instances, it is simply unaffordable.  Being supportive of our community and of student’s families further enables the child’s access to school. 





Extra Curricular activities are an integral part of our education program.  The development of the skills of working in groups, the cultivation of hobbies and interests, the exposure to arts and the recognition of individual strengths both enrich and extend work done in the classroom.  These activities aim to motivate and support the students to reach their full potential. 


The newest program at ABCs and Rice offers various life skills and exposure to potential career options.  Senior level students will now spend five hours per week being exposed to a variety of programs.  Some of these programs include trades work, paper making, textiles, leadership training, event management and computers. 



It is a core belief that once they are a student of ABCs and Rice, a child will be offered guidance and support until it is no longer needed.  Examples include, but are not limited to: university scholarship programs; vocational and trade school scholarships; and employment services.  We are currently building up networks and relationships with key organisations in these areas as well as developing sponsorship programs based on forecasted, upcoming needs.  At the moment we have no students eligible for this program, but will do in approximately 12 months.


PROJECT BUDGET (all prices are in US dollars)






Education (including medical)



Extra Curricular (including field trips)



Vocational Studies



Career Development Beyond ABCs



Teacher Training and Further Education






Teachers Wages



Project Description – back to school program

ABCs and Rice encourages families to invest in their child’s future by sending them to area government schools.  However for many of our families the daily teacher fees, uniform costs and additional fees are simply unaffordable, even with the alleviated burdens of food and child care that ABCs and Rice provides. 


This is when the “Back to School Program” is offered.  To enter this program, families enter into a memorandum of understanding with ABCs and Rice.  A simple contract, whereby ABCs and Rice agrees to pay all public school fees, provide all uniforms, shoes, books etc., and transportation to government school, as well as an increased food ration.  In return, the family agrees to ensure the child will maintain exemplary attendance at ABCs as well as government school, the child will study and keep grades at their level of capability in both institutes, and the child will not be made to work outside of the family home. 


We are into our second year of this program and the feedback and results have been outstanding!  Combined with the English curriculum, this program has the children of ABCs and Rice attending school and safe from danger for six hours a day.  With a government issued diploma, a high Standard English education, basic life skills, and the love and support provided continuously at ABCs, these children will have all the tools necessary to face the world and accomplish anything to which they set their minds.






PROJECT BUDGET (all prices are in US dollars)





School Fees



Uniforms, Shoes, Books, Pens, etc



School Bus



Breakfast Club and Extra Food Rations



Costs of Non-Back-to-School Children

($235 per child per year x 108 children)




Project Description – food program


Breakfast Club is not a new concept, but is instrumental in our ability to offer a good education.  All children are offered a hot and nutritious meal each day.  Many of our children have very limited access to food at home and nutritional values are low in priority in a family who can barely conquer the pangs of hunger.  Starchy water with small amounts of rice is most often the meal to be shared with the family.  Health issues and an inability to focus in class are the obvious result.  Allowing these children at least one quality meal a day allows them the energy and focus needed to learn and play.  It also relieves more of the financial burden on their struggling families.



Families unable to support their child’s education are often unable to support their child.  The reverse tuition allows for a child not to work.  Their education becomes their job.  Their food ration is their contribution to the household.  The amount of rice and other supplies varies with availability and finances but there is always a ration to take home, and the pride we witness each month as the children collect their families goods is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once.  This is the program that allows the children access to all other programs.






PROJECT BUDGET (all prices are in US dollars)





Breakfast Club



Food Drops/Reverse Tuition



Rice Only for Breakfast Club and Food Drops



Kitchen Workers Wages





Project Description – full belly farm

Full Belly Farm will contain a fish farm, chicken coop housing 700 chickens, banana trees and large vegetable patch.  It will employ local people and teach them the skills to completely run the farm, as well as equip them with a sustainable social enterprise scheme.  The plan is based not only on the nutritional requirements of the children of ABCs and Rice but on the knowledge that Cambodia’s current agricultural methods reduce it to the lowest food producer per capita within ASEAN (Association of SE Asian Nations). 



The main goals for the farm are to:

·        Alleviate food costs in Breakfast Club and Food Drops/Reverse Tuition Programs

·        Increase nutritional value in current food programs

·        Add sustainability to the Food and Education programs

·        Act as an experimental site, with the goal of improving local agricultural methods

·        Become a training facility for rural farmers


Perhaps most importantly , this project aims to become a model of sustainability and a pilot project which can be replicated and implemented in other locations further into regional Cambodia, across the underdeveloped regions of South East Asia and throughout the developing world to help those who are hungry and uneducated, well into the future.




PROJECT BUDGET (all prices are in US dollars)






Water Tower




Fish Farm Development




Vegetable Patch Development




Chicken Coop Development




Playground (in school grounds)




Fish Farm (ongoing costs)




Vegetable Patch (ongoing)




Chicken Coop (ongoing)




Farm Workers Wages








Thank you for considering our proposal.


There are four ways you could sponsor ABCs and Rice:

1.   Monthly direct debit

2.   One-off donation

3.   Sponsorship of a program for a month or

a year

4.   Sponsorship of a large-cost item – typically a one-off expense





For further details on how to organise your sponsorship/donation/bequest, please contact:


Tammy Durand-Pomroy (Director/Founder)



Phone: +855 (0) 77707514

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