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What is RAKO?

What is RAKO and how did we start?

RAKO is the acronym for Remote Area Kids Organisation. Originally, RAKO was founded in Cambodia as an NGO of Cambodian law. Since 2006, there is a Belgian counterpart established by a group of tourists that visited the poor rural communities of Kirimanun, during their travels in Cambodia and the Khmer-temples around Siem Reap (autumn 2005). During these visit, they met the Buddhist monk Tui Sokhoun with whom their travel guide was already acquainted for many years. After their return, they decided that they could not stand on the side. Ever since, Tui Sokhoun is head of the local Cambodia RAKO staff. Together with his team he liaises with the local government and coordinates the RAKO projects. All projects are submitted in a master plan and send to Belgium. RAKO Belgium then acquires the necessary funding to help realise these projects.

Mission

RAKO's objective is:

  • building sustainable infrastructure and offering primary education and medical care in remote rural areas in Cambodia
  • supporting projects for clean drinking water

Our main concern for the future is the support and guidance of our financed projects. Free education and medical care (medicines inclusive) is critical for the future of the Cambodian rural population. Children that go to school today, will have better opportunities in pursuing higher level eduction. In turn, they will be more motivated to send their own children to school. This is an optimal way to provide a future to the entire country.