Raise and Support the Poor was developed by
a group of Buddhist Monks from Wat Ounalom
(the capital of Cambodian Buddhism) in 2008. Disturbed by the poverty they witnessed around them in Phnom
Penh they have since devoted themselves to serving the
poor as best they can.
Sareth Brak is the founder of RSP. Sareth graduated in Philosophy at
Preah Sihnouk Raja University in Phnom Penh. Since then he has been working with the charities: Buddhist Education for Peace and Nonviolence Center (BEPNC), Member for World Peace (MWP) and has worked as a
teacher for Building the Future for Generations of Cambodia (BFGC). He is committed to helping the poor and improving the lives of children in Cambodia so they may reach their fullest potential.
Raise and Support the Poor’s vision is one in which not only the children of Cambodia but all children of the world are able to realize their full potential as human beings and members of their local and global communities, in a way that respects human rights and human dignity.
RSP believes education is crucial in alleviating poverty. By providing
marginalized communities, both children and adults, with education
skills, RSP enables people to lift themselves out of their own difficulties
Through community leadership and participation, RSP aims
to improve the quality of life of marginalized people in Cambodia. With
education and by providing life skills people are united across
cultures and meaning and value is added to their lives.
It is important that local community members play a vital role in whatever project or effort RSP is involved in, so that the people themselves take responsibility and ownership over the process of improving their own lives. Throughout this relationship, RSP aims to act simply as a facilitator
and a source of resources and guidance for the
Based on the belief that children have the
right to a good education, dignity, and health, Raise and Support the Poor provides the most essential needs to the community and establishes a feeling of safety and comfort.