A Very Warm Welcome to the Year Zero Foundation

The Year Zero Foundation is based in Portland, Oregon, USA and was established by Sunchea Phou, a survivor of the Cambodian holocaust under the reign of the Khmer Rouge, the ruling party in Cambodia between 1975 – 1979. During this period, at least 1.7 million people lost their lives. (See History). Many of those who survived still bear the physical and emotional scars of their suffering.

After an international relief effort, Cambodia was left to attempt to struggle back on to its own feet. To this day, communities are still suffering and thousands of children are living in poverty, deprived of basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and education. CARE estimates that only 36% of the population has access to safe drinking water.

The people of Cambodia are working hard to create a future for their families, yet nearly half of all Cambodian children are malnourished and one in eight dies before their fifth birthday. The infant mortality rate is 95.1 deaths per 1000 live births and life expectancy is only 57 years.

The hope for Cambodia’s future lies with its children. That is why the Year Zero Foundation aims to give children access to a good education, in addition to providing communities with basic clean water and medicine. By helping children to reach their full potential, they will be equipped to lead Cambodia towards a brighter future.