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Wathnakpheap Organization (WP) originally operated as part of Switzerland-based International Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called Stiftung Kinderorf Pestalozzi (SKIP); now known as Pestalozzi Children Village’s Foundation. SKIP ran a Community Development and Child Rehabilitation and Vocation Skill Training Project from 1993 to 1997 in 4 districts, in Pursat province. This was our first project, discovering self-governance, and registering as a local NGO with the Ministry of Interior in 1997.

In 2002, WP became 100% self-governing and independent from SKIP. In 2003, three of WP’s former projects in Pursat Province were successfully localized and became independent NGOs from Wathnakpheap. These NGOs are Anakut Kumar, Kumar Ney Kdey Sangkheum, and Ponleu Kumar, and are all good examples of our capabilities and competencies in starting something that works, and building self-governance.

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Wathnakpheap's (WP's) mission is to improve the quality of life and livelihoods of disadvantaged women, children and the poorest families working in rural Cambodian communities. We provide education, environment protection, life skills and vocational skills training.

We address the root problems of the disadvantaged in over 1500 Cambodian villages. This includes: rural poverty, child labor, child labour exploitation, health and nutrition education, civic engagement, Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), and sustainable livelihoods.

Through practical projects, WP's mission extends to ensure the development of leadership and good governance in target villages. We achieve this by working in partnership with local authorities, and village volunteers who help implement project activities we instigate.

Since 1997, WP has made a practical and sustainable difference in rural Cambodia by implementing community development projects at a sub-national, district, commune, and village-level.

To realize our vision, WP implements sustainable community and livelihood projects, in partnership with International Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and Donors, local authorities, service providers, professional trainers and experts, and citizens.

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In line with the above values, Wathnkapheap also supports the development of basic health care, access to education, climate change adaptation, life skills, and vocational skills training, using the principles of good governance, civic engagement, and gender equality.



our team




WP currently has 56 full-time staff members (23 Female) and 14 part-time staff members (7 Female) across our 8 provincial offices.

The National Team are in our Phnom Penh Office:


Ms Heng Chan Thon - Director

Ms Chan Thon is WP's Director and chief internal and external representative. She oversees general management of the organization on behalf of its governing board, as well as personnel, operations, finance, policy & program development, HR, fundraising and reporting. Working for WP for nearly a decade, Chan Thon, has ensured the organization maintains integrity in all of its activities. From funding, to finance, to project implementation - it has been Ms Chan Thon's professional and personal mission to make certain WP's activities are authentic, and honest. For donations, partnership opportunities, or project management enquiries, please email:






Contact Us


BB12, Street 101, Sangkat Boeung Trabek , Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh. Cambodia

Phone: 023 217 449

Mobile: 016 200 297