Message from the founders:

“The four of us are born and bred Cambodians who created CRF 17 years ago, in response to a problem we noticed in our own communities. We know firsthand how dangerous it can be when the rights of children aren’t recognized, and that is why we want to make Cambodia a safe space for children to grow up healthy and happy.”

CHILD Rights Foundation (CRF) is a child-focused, non-profit, non-political, non-religious, and non-government organization In Cambodia with a mandate to work for full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other instruments related to children’s issues. In particular, CRF works for the fundamental rights of the child to health and health services, quality education, protection from all forms of violence and harm, and the rights to participate as a citizen.

CRF was established on November 20, 2000 by four Cambodian founders who have extensive experience in child rights and children and youth empowerment work. CRF was officially registered with the Royal Government of Cambodia on March 6, 2001 in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

CRF strongly commits to establishing permanent changes in the way that children are viewed, treated, and cared for in all parts of Cambodia. We are pleased to say that the ongoing success of our programs demonstrates the realisation of this goal.

CRF provides the following: child rights education; assists the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport with implementing child-friendly school policies; empowers children and young people in strengthening child rights governance within schools and local authorities (by supporting the school children's councils and youth-led groups); provides child protection leadership and support for schools and communities across the key areas of corporal punishment, child labour, safe schools, migration, and trafficking; improves access to water, sanitation, and hygiene for schools and communities.