Vision & Mission
Who We Are
Hope Villages Fund was set up by a team of Singapore professionals in 2007 as a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of the under-privileged in Asia.
We were inspired through visits to Phum Trea – an impoverished village on the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia supporting the villages with health care and education.
With contributions from well-wishers and assistance from volunteers, Hope Villages went on to undertake development projects to resettle a community of 116 families of more than 1,000 residents in Kampong Speu. Many of them were squatters, old job labourers and fishermen whose livelihood was threatened by the dwindling fish supply due to over-fishing and pollution.
We helped to build homes, introduce filtration systems for drinking water, education and supporting infrastructures like roads, and as well as sustainable farming and livelihood for the villagers.
Many now have their own homes and farms. We continue to support the rest of the families with houses, a sustainable livelihood and education for their children.
Alleviating poverty and improving the livelihood of the underprivileged in Southeast Asia
Building homes and improving sustainable livelihood through agricultural development, education and other lifelong learning programmes
Hope Villages has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 11 years. Our first trip was merely to assess medical needs of the local people. Over time, we recognised how little the locals have; fundamental essentials like education and a roof over our heads, of which we take for granted, were lacking. It is with this awareness that we decided to make a difference to the lives of many.
Today, when I assess the contribution we have made, I think about conversations with our villagers. An old lady, once living on the streets for most of her life, now settled amidst the greens of the village, said she has found her dream home and this is where she wants to be for the rest of her life. Another newly settled villager told me that he would like his 5-year old daughter to become a doctor. These are all WOW moments for me. I realise that giving HOPE truly embodies the work we do in Cambodia. Dreams should have a chance to be realised. At Hope Villages, this is what we do.
Speech by Arfat Selvam
Where We Work
Kampong Speu is a location where Hope Villages Fund have been working to resettle many homeless Cambodian families who are in need of a roof over their heads.
30kms south of Phnom Penh, the Hope Villages Fund is currently building homes and programmes to assist the settlement of 116 homeless families to their new our home in our new village at Kampong Speu.
Phum Trea is about 140km from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. To get there, one has to travel towards Kampong Cham, then go a 18km village road ride to the bank of Mekong River, where five minute boat ride will take you to the village. This village, about 5km in radius, is along the Mekong River, which also represents the lifeline of the villagers.