Sunrise Children’s Village – Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Sunrise is an NGO focused on community development in Cambodia with operations in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Kompong Speu.

Sunrise was founded by Geraldine Cox, AM, in 1993 when she was drawn to help a group of orphans that had been abandoned in the jungles near the Thai border while visiting Cambodia in the years after the Pol Pot regime.

Over the past 21 years Sunrise has grown from offering residential care to orphaned, disadvantaged, disabled and trafficked children, to working with local communities to break the cycle of poverty and transform the lives of some of Cambodia’s most vulnerable at at-risk families.

Sunrise’s programs seek to improve the livelihoods of those we work with by increasing the standards of education, improving health and strengthening economic community development.

Sunrise’s programs include:  

  • Residential care
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Community development

In 2014, more than 550 disadvantaged and vulnerable families from the villages and communes that neighbour Sunrise’s centres received support through Sunrise’s Community Outreach Program.

Sunrise’s expenditure is driven by the real needs of individuals and communities, as determined by its partners. Sunrise’s programs have direct and measurable impact to ensure they help to transform lives.

In July 2015 Sunrise opened its fourth centre in Kompong Speu. Over the next five years Sunrise will partner with schools, medical centres and community leaders to improve the quality of living by providing education, housing, water pumps, transport, healthcare and emergency assistance to more than 500 impoverished and vulnerable families, including those affected by HIV.


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