Sticks to Bricks Campaign
Filmed in 2003, ‘The Sticks to Bricks’ campaign was launched to raise funds to build the original Happy School building and support the ongoing education of its students. Thanks to Craig Boord at Streamline Media for his wonderful work.
The Happy School Story
Filmed with love and thanks in 2013, by ACE Member and all round production genius, Chris Patterson (view his details here).
A group of committed friends established ACE, initially “Australians for Cambodian Education” in 2004. They were encouraged to do so after spending time volunteering at The Happy School and speaking to like-minded friends in Australia.
They identified that there was a need for Australians to make a difference to a neighbouring developing country.
Australians for Cambodian Education is an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade registered Not For Profit, made up of a core group of Australian volunteers plus approximately 300 ongoing supporters who donate time and money through a variety of fundraising activities.
If it were not for our combined efforts, hundreds of students so far would be poorer in many ways.
We support the right of a child to learn and play.
Integrity… in purpose and actions
Humanity… in the scope of our vision
Entrepreneurship… in fundraising ideas and solutions
Accountability… to our mission and vision
Magic… in imagination and experience creation
Our Principles are:
To be informed in our goals and activities by the specific needs of The Happy School.
To operate transparently and inclusively.
To seek participation above the raising of financial resources.
To provide accurate and culturally aware information about Cambodia and The Happy School.
We Aim to:
Raise resources to support The Happy School project.
Create awareness among Australians about The Happy School project and life in Cambodia.
Meet the Ace team!
Co-President, Executive Team
Co-President, Executive Team
Board Member, Programs Team, Executive Team
Treasurer, Secretary, Executive Team
Lana De Jager
Partnerships & Support
The Children for a Better Future (CBF) Board pursues local partnerships that support and enhance the core operations of The Happy School and provide pathways for students after they graduate.
In the first category our current partners are:
Happy Football Cambodia Australia: a football-based development program that provides football coaching to poor Cambodian children and the chance to represent Cambodia each year at the Homeless World Cup. Happy School students attend weekly training sessions and games and each year, one student is chosen to join the Cambodian Homeless World Cup team.
Cambodian Volunteer Foundation (CVF): provides the School with international volunteers who assist with the English program.
Maybank: Malaysian banking company that provide funding for part of the Breakfast program.
Our second category of local partners provide pathways for Happy School graduates into either state school or vocational training and employment. Our present partners are:
The Intercontinental Hotel: provides 3 – 6 month hospitality traineeships for graduates of the Life Skills program. If trainees are successful they are offered full-time work at the Hotel at a wage well above industry standard – enough to support an entire Happy School student’s family.
Sunway Hotel: provides a smaller number of hospitality traineeships for graduates of the Life Skills program.
Beoung TrabekHigh School: local government school that accepts Happy School graduates from Grade 6 onwards. Students receive a scholarship package from the Happy School which covers their fees, uniforms and study materials.