Improving the Education

The Japanese language school started in August 2013.

At the beginning, more than 90 students gathered and studied, but with serious and strict teaching styles for the purpose of sharping for children’s bright future. As a result, only 14 serious students are currently studying.
We have accumulated experience and results such as passing a social visit to Japan for 10 days, passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Grade 4, and we are continually pursuing ourselves every day.

Our activities

July 2013 Questionnaire about “What is your future dream?” was carried out at the garbage mountain. There were only four imaginable choices of carer for the children, doctor, teacher, agriculture and garbage picking.


In August, 2013 I started a Japanese school because I thought that it would be an opportunity to broaden the range of choices. Initially, more than 90 students gathered, but the class was strict in order sharpen the children for quality and be able to use Japanese and seek for jobs in their future.

To Japan

In July 2014, a teacher and two students of Japanese school were invited to Japan for the purpose of education, experience and inspire other children to do their very best. They visited four prefectures in Japan, mainly to schools, and conducted a social tour.


In 2015, the Khmer teacher got a Japanese guide license after had been teaching Japanese instead of me for 2 years. Some students have passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 4 and have accumulated results.

Our students
Shared House Plan

Children Working in Garbage Mountains

Siem Reap, a mysterious and wonderful tourist spot which Angkor Wat is located in. The trash thrown by tourists is a serious problem, but not many people have know about the dumpsite. There are a lot of people collecting recycled items from the garbage mountain then sell them in order to make a living. Glass fragments, syringes and other dangerous things are thrown without any good garbage separation system in garbage mountains, so it is a very bad environment to be or to work.

Japanese Language School

There are limited imaginable carers in the village children’s minds. I have always wanted to open their eyes and mind to see there are plenty of things they could do in life. That was one of the reasons I have started the Japanese language school. Just learning is not enough. Using and practicing is the best way to learn a language. There are many options of job for a Japanese speaker in Siem Reap town than being in the village. Moreover, there are many language schools and universities that students can access to expand their knowledge.

Getting a job in the city

There are 14 students in the Japanese language school. In September 2017, there are four students who graduate from high school and want to go to the city, get a job and be able to go to university. Some students already have the ability to use Japanese and impressively passed the Japanese Proficiency Test (JLPT) N4. I strongly believe if they just keep doing their best, their hands will reached their dreams sooner than they thought. What I have to do is just giving them all the supports as much as I can to push them there.

Japanese Language Used Occupations

In these recent years, many new Japanese businesses were born, restaurants, hotels, tour companies, etc. Students can use their Japanese to be a interpreter, translator, tour guide, or many other jobs in hotels and restaurants.

Leader development in the village

When children in one generation could find their brighter future, they will inspire other new generations to follow their lead. Soon after that, the standard of living in the village will be better.

The Opposition of Parents

Even students could use their Japanese to the level they can probably get a job in the city. Most parents in the village oppose their children to go to live in the city regarding to no places to live, no relatives there that can depend on. Parents who only know the life of the village are anxious about the life in the city.

Provide a Place to Live in Kumae’s Shared House

Therefore, we will construct a shared house in 2017 so that students can live in town safely, and parents have their mind in peace. In addition, students will live together with Japanese interns, staffs and guests in order to use and practice Japanese daily and more importantly learning about Japanese culture both work and life.

Shared House Construction Cost

Goal 2.5 million yen ($23 000)


It is scheduled to start construction in May 2017, but since costs have not gathered, cloud facing is underway. If you have any questions for more information or needed any further assistance, please contact us at info@kumae.org