On 17th of April 1975 Cambodia was seized by a communist party called the “The Khmer Rouge”. The Khmer Rouge was the name given to Cambodian communists (rouge, French for red) and later the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia who infamously carried out the Cambodian genocide. The Khmer Rouge’s army was slowly built up in the jungles of Eastern Cambodia during the late 1960s and was supported by the North Vietnamese army, the Viet Cong, and the Pathet Lao, with strong supports from the People’s Republic of China, the latter had a huge influence on the Party later. The Khmer Rouge emerged victorious in the Cambodian Civil War when, in 1975, they captured the Cambodian capital, and overthrew the corrupt military dictatorship of the Khmer Republic. Following their victory, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot installed a government called the Democratic Kampuchea and immediately set about forcibly depopulating the country’s cities, murdering hundreds of thousands of their perceived political opponents. In only 3 years , 8 months and 20 days The Khmer Rouge carried out a genocide in which 1.5 to 3 million people (around 25% of Cambodia’s population) were killed. Most of the people killed were educated people like doctors, lawyers and teachers. Today the country is building itself back up but still has many issues. There are victims of land mines, orphans, widows and 34% of people are living below the poverty line.

To educate young people in rural areas about their human rights and to explain to them the concepts of law enforcement and justice. To encourage community councils to be more inclusive to hold public forms in which the voices of women are represented. To encourage young people to take an active role in their communities. To prioritize environmental protections and sustainable development. To create transparency and eradicate corruption to improve the standard of living in rural Cambodia. To encourage women to assert their rights through the legal system.

Installing pumping wells for poor people.
Free vocational training for teenagers.
Free computer classes.
Charity volunteering.
English literacy and numeracy education.
Foot ball program.
School uniforms.
School materials for study.
Health , hygiene and morality training.

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The Khmer Light Organisation is a registered Non Government Organisation in Cambodia. NGO registration number 00217