The heart of the Viva la Vida Cultural Center


We arrived in the village Phnom Thmey with little money, without a project in our hands and with the simple desire to build a small school to help the children of the village and create for them a simple educational project.


It happened that the network around Viva la Vida developed, the sale of the book Controvento became the main source to find the first funds, the support of the volunteers allowed us to complete the work and today we have a school of 120 meters squares that every day offers lots of educational and training activities to more than 100 children and teenagers aged between 5 and 18 years.


We built this school day after day, without an initial project without any kind of economic security that would have allowed us to complete the work.


It was a big bet and we won it. Day after day we can see the results of the hard work, which give us so much satisfaction.

The Kindergarten

25 children from 5 to 7 years attend kindergarten divided into two classes according to their level and age. This project was created by volunteers and they interchange and carry it out every day.


Classes are held from 8 to 9 in the morning for class A, from 2 to 3 in the afternoon for class B, and each volunteer follows the children with a lot of passion and enthusiasm, using alternative methods that make the children enjoy the lessons.

Just after a few months the results are excellent.


English lessons

A Cambodian teacher teaches English 6 hours a week for 3 different groups. Each groups is formed of about 25 students and has two lessons a week.


Also for classes 2,3 and 4, a great job is done by the volunteers who every day reinforce the lessons that the Cambodian teacher does the previous day, one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon.


The 'Faro Lab' laboratory is another important place where daily volunteers do dance, yoga or aerialsilk lessons, but its main use is for the creation of creative workshops on plastic recycling.


The waste is one of the main problems of Cambodia, people are used to throw everything on the ground and then burn it , and there is a massive use of plastic envelopes.

We focus a lot on this project and we are sure that one day waste will become our treasure.

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The computeer room

The computer room was built thanks to an important donation from one of our volunteers, shortly before inaugurating the school.


For the moment it is used only by teenagers in class 4 followed by volunteers who are teaching the basics.


This room is also very important for our center and in this case a dynamic work is done to allow our children to learn a very important tool that will help them to build a future.

The library

The library is located in the house we built with the second crowfunding campaign and thanks to its spectacular location and all the material we could get for it, all the children love to come and spend time reading, drawing, playing and sharing time together.


Also in this case the volunteers did a great job helping us to build it, furnish it and manage it now.



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)