Our help to the most vulnerable families in Phum Thmey village


All the children of the village have the opportunity to attend the Viva la Vida Cultural Center and grow by carrying out every day many types of educational activities, but from the first day we have studied the living conditions of each individual scrupulously. We wanted to give a concrete help to those who live in precarious conditions and in July 2018 thanks to a fundraising campaign the little Oasis project was born.

After making a list with the most needy families, we have changed the living conditions of many children and their families by building or rebuilding houses and bathrooms, delivering basic necessities and offering medical support.

Besides in April 2019 we started our canteen for the children most in need: they come to eat lunch and dinner prepared by a local woman. We provide all of them with anything they might need: from clothes, school material, medicines or bringing them to the doctor if necessary.

Srey Nit Family

Srey Net is 13 and we met her in November 2017 when we arrived in Phnom Thmey village. She belongs to one of the poorest families in the village and she was forced to work hard every day and at home they couldn't be in peace because of the partner of her mother.

For several months we tried to understand her situation in detail to try to help her get out of a sad situation.

From February 2018 Srey Net lives with us, has her own room in the volunteers' house, we take care of her in all ways and on several occasions we helped her sister Phanny (31years old) by removing her from a dangerous situation and her brother Chad (21 years old) making him work in the center. Srey Net is learning English despite the difficulties that made her to not attend school in the past, every day helps us to communicate with all the other children who attend our center and with the passage of time she is becoming stronger and stronger.


Apoa Family

Apoa is 13 years old and he attended the Viva la Vida Cultural Center from the day we arrived in Phnom Thmey. Thanks to his constancy and to his participation in every kind of activity, his presence in the center has became fundamental: he has learned English, always manages to have an excellent relationship with the volunteers, knows how to do all kinds of manual work and helps us every day to chat with the children and the people in the village.

Apoa was abandoned in the village by his parents, lives in a small house with his grandmother and his 6-year-old little brother Pannhet, and often has to leave Phnom Thmey to do hard work that allow them to bring money home to pay for his needs.

For months Apoa has been eating and sharing all the work we do with the volunteers and to improve the living conditions of his family we built a bathroom between his home and that of his cousins Leckhana  and his little sister.

Aein & Asoy Family

Aein is 9 years old, Asoy is 12 years old, two little boys who from the beginning presented a restless character, probably born from the absence of a paternal presence. They have a sister named Srey Hoy, all three of them attend the Viva la Vida Cultural Center and lived in an old straw house in inhuman conditions, with the mother and the grandmother. They have always been very close to us and we have always supported the family with the purchase of basic needs. We have always dreamed of changing their living conditions and thanks to the second crowdfunding we did we got the funds to rebuild what we could not call home. Now they have a decent accommodation, an external concrete bathroom and our constant support at the educational level and for every kind of difficulty.


Mowgli Family

It was impossible not to notice her from the first day, that little girl who was walking around the village, without a shirt, dirty and with a magical smile. We have always called Mowgli that mysterious child and since then it has been impossible not to try to change the living conditions of her large family. Mowgli is 7 years old and his name is Vanet, she has two older sisters, 13-year-old Nana and 9-year-old Vannat, then there is Nun, a 4-year-old kid and finally there are Anan and Anau. Anan is 2 years old and he is the youngest in the family, Anau is 4 years old and his parents left the village leaving him with them in a house where living conditions were inhuman.

These children lived with their parents and grandparents in a house that was falling to pieces and even in this case, thanks to the second crowdfunding we got the help to rebuild their house with an external bathroom. Mowgli's family is the poorest in the village and we do all we can to help them in from giving them food to taking care of the children's health.

Sokya & Srey Lot Family

Sokya was the child who gave more smiles to the people who passed through our center. He is only 6 years old and has lived with his aunt since he was very small due to a premature loss of his parents.

His aunt has a small house without a bathroom right next to our school and shares it with her sister, Srey Lot's mother and Vanny, his little cousins who are 6 years and 12 years old respectively.

Srey Lot, Vanny and her mother lived practically in a claustrophobic basement and never even had the chance to dream of a real home.

We have studied this situation and have decided to change their living conditions as well. With the second crowdfunding we built a concrete outdoor bathroom that they can share, and then, thanks to our donors, we have built from zero another simple wooden and metal house that gives everyone the opportunity to live in a way decent.


Srey Toch & So Kunthea Family

So Kunthea is 9 years old, Srey Toch 6, and both attend the Viva la Vida Cultural Center every day. They have another 2-year-old sister and two other twin babies born a few months ago. The mother takes care of the girls full-time and her father works hard everyday in a company that sells wood.

They lived in a house that was badly damaged on a loan from the same company, immersed in the garbage and without any security for the future Matteo Mannoni and Consuelo Filippi from Clandestini in viaggio in March 2019 volunteered in our center for 3 weeks, they worked hard to follow the activities that take place every day and during their stay they asked us how could they contribute in a more specific way . We talked about this family, they saw the situation with their eyes, they fell in love with the project and in less than a month we managed to build a new home for this beautiful family that finally has the opportunity to live in a decent way.

We sincerely thank all the people who gave us the opportunity to make a small dream come true for these children and their parents.

How to contribute to the project

You can help in many different ways:

  • Buying the book Controvento or donating in our webpage.
  • Organizing events in your city, such as dinners, aperitifs, concerts, sale of items, lotteries or anything to raise funds. Contact us if you are interested!
  • Coming directly to Cambodia to volunteer! In this way you will see with your own eyes what we do and you can contribute in a practical way to our projects.
  • Spread the word!Share the project with your facebook friends or participate in crowdfunding events that we periodically open in response to the needs of children
  • You can adopt the center by paying a donation every month that will allow us to manage the projects in progress and to continue the projec(read more)