THRIVING – posts and updates

Dandenong Ranges Steiner School 

We just have to say thanks to Hellen and Belinda for respectively initiating and maintaining the Thrive Cambodia Sales table in the foyer of the school. Over the years sales have raised thousands of dollars for our Free School and Lunch program in Som Rong Village in rural Cambodia. Thanks especially to our generous supporters who donate the items for sale.

Building Bok’s Hospital

Full story about rebuilding Bok’s Hospital here

Family members care for the patients. Bamboo splints & herbal oils are applied.

On our recent trip to the village, Anne and I visited Sim’s brother Bok, who is the local traditional medicine man. He is very experienced in treating broken bones and burns. He never turns anyone away and is paid by donation only.

Bok recently received help to rebuild the natural medicine hospital. The initial $12,000AUD built the walls and floor BUT NOT THE ROOF!!.


  1. Stage One: $5000au will raise the roof and put patients under cover! The first $5000 will be transferred immediately to build the roof.
  2. $5000– fit out bathrooms, power, fans, bed platforms and mats
  3. $5000—repay debts
  4. $5000—upgrade equipment and training
Rudimentary palm leaf structures barely protect patients from the weather

Please help us by donating now

Thrive Cambodia—Bok’s Hospital

BSB: 633 000

Account Number: 158 351 890

Swift Code: BENDAU3B

or contact us at:                             thrivecambodia at


for more on this story click this link

Meet Srei Mao

Srei Mao (on the right) is 19 years old and is one of Sim’s nieces. Srei Mao is studying finance/economics at the University of South East Asia, Siem Reap and is top of her class.  She lives in a bedsitter in Siem Reap  with Kimly.  Sponsorship of University fees and living expenses provides the means for Srei Mao to live away from home to study.   Last year she graduated from the hospitality school, Sala Bai and began work in a hotel.  She did so well in her job that they awarded her with a bicycle—now she can zoom from work to university and back.  Srei Mao is fluent in English.


Srei Mao stands in the doorway of her bedsitter in Siem Reap

Our first 3 students to attend University are close to the end of the first year

Lom Orng and the other high school students regularly help out in Sim’s Free school

Thanks to an incredibly generous English family, we have been able to send our first 3 high school graduates to University.  Srei Mao, Kimley and Lom Orng consider themselves very lucky and are taking full advantage by studying very hard and achieving top scores in their respective courses.  Both Srei Mao and Kimley are studying Business and Finance in Siem Reap and Lom Orng is attending a teacher training university in Phnom Penh.  We will keep you updated.

Welcome to Thrive Cambodia

Thrive Cambodia is a non-profit, non-government education-focused organisation that is dedicated to providing support to the Som Rong Village community, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. We believe that education is the key to a thriving community and are committed to:

  • Funding Sim’s free English Language School
  • Providing lunch daily for up to 50 children
  • Ongoing support for families to enable children to stay in State School and go onto Secondary and High School
  • Supporting community access to health services, clean water and sanitation

Sim’s Free English Language School
Sim’s Free English Language School is a free after-school program that was conceived of and is managed by Shin Eorn (Sim).

$4000 per year  provides FREE english language tuition for up to 50 children in the community including a daily meal.

Tuition is provided by local State-qualified teachers.

The healthy meals are prepared by Sim’s family and supplement the children’s diet.

Become an annual sponsor:

$500 – individual or corporate sponsorships – listed as a sponsor on our website and facebook page
$1000 – individual or corporate sponsorships – logo on our brochures, listed as a sponsor on our website and and facebook page