Home

Sok Sabay meaning ‘happiness’ in Khmer, the language of Cambodia, is a registered charity which rescues children in situations of abuse, exploitation and neglect. Sok Sabay provides a way out through education, love and self-esteem.

Marie and the children in the Sok Sabay shelter, Phnom Penh.
Marie and the children in the Sok Sabay shelter, Phnom Penh.

The children in the Sok Sabay shelter in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, have access to full-time education, accommodation, meals, medical care and recreational and artistic activities.

Our mission: to give these children a future that was stolen from them.

Sok Sabay is also involved in providing scholarships to female students from the Akha community in the highlands of Laos. Akha girls are often denied access to education and they end up in the cycle of poverty, doing manual work for their families. Or worse.

Two Akha girls carrying firewood in the village. Click to know more about them
Two Akha girls carrying firewood in the village. Click to know more about them

Founded by Marie Cammal in 1995, Sok Sabay is funded by the generous support of private donors, foundations and charitable organizations. Currently  the shelter in Phnom Penh provides care for almost 50 children, while efforts in Laos provide schooling and support for more than 30 girls. All of these children are getting their future back.

Our vision: by educating and providing for the children, we raise the standards of their families and their communities. By helping the children, we help transform society.