This project was initiated by: Child’s Dream Foundation

Child's Dream is a charitable organisation dedicated to unconditional help for underprivileged children in the Mekong Sub-region (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand). Our estimated 700 projects so far focus on remote and neglected areas in the region, with a mission to sustainably empower marginalised communities to shape their own futures. We prioritise the 3rd, 4th and 10th Sustainable Development Goals: good health and well-being, quality education and reduced inequalities respectively, and we address these issues via our focus groups- 'Basic Education', 'Higher Education', 'Health' and 'Social Entrepreneurship Grant'. Our offices in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Yangon (Myanmar) serve as bases for our humanitarian and community development activities. Our 40+ staff members are dedicated to working in the most efficient and effective way to achieve our mission.

Child’s Dream Foundation has been endorsed by:

Mekong Sub-Regional Leadership Development Programme


Project Summary

Provides university scholarship to 18 young academically strong and motivated students in Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia to produce critical, responsible leaders and specialists and put the development of their country at the core of their personal career.

Problem

Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia are plagued by high-level of corruption, economic mismanagement, discrimination against ethnic minorities and social unrest. Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia lack responsible leaders and specialists that are willing to work ethically for the development of their country.
• HDI: Myanmar (148), Cambodia (143) and Laos (141) out of 188 countries •  Enrollment in tertiary education: Myanmar (13%), Cambodia (15%) and Laos 17% by the World Bank. •  Corruption: Myanmar (136), Cambodia (156) and Laos (123) out of 176 countries assessed by Transparency International.

Solution

1 Mekong Sub-Regional Leadership Development Programme aims to produce leaders and specialists that are critical, responsible and put the development of their country at the core of their personal career. This next generation of change agents will be the driving force behind a more equitable and transparent socio-economic development in their countries. This initiative by Child's Dream Foundation will provide a four-year scholarship for 6 students from Myanmar, 6 students from Cambodia and 6 students from Laos to attend an undergraduate university. The applicant pool includes students of all ethnicities in addition to Myanmar refugees and migrants living on Thai soil. These funds would cover four years of tuition fees, as well as school books, uniforms, and the student's living expenses. Child's Dream Foundation provides leadership and development workshops as well as exposure trips to complement their tertiary studies. The initiative hopes to cultivate scholars who may serve as future leaders in their country, promoting tolerance and diversity, and contributing to the development of their communities. Child's Dream Foundation assesses their application materials (including essays and required documentation, such as verification of university admission), conducts interviews with shortlisted candidates, and then makes the final selection. The selection criteria are as follows:
  • Proven financial need
  • Quality of submitted application
  • Academic records
  • Knowledge of relevant language of study (English and/or Thai)
  • Extracurricular and community activities
  • Leadership potential
  • Quality of written essays
  • Recommendation letters
  • Future plans
  • Results of personal interviews
All scholars are required to sign a grant letter, a code of conduct and an annual budget agreement. The organization then provides ongoing support for students for all four years of their undergraduate studies, during which time they must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for each term.

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4Child's Dream Foundation is seeking USD400,000 in grant-funding to support a 4-year university scholarship (undergraduate) for 6 Burmese students, 6 Cambodian students and 6 Laotian students. A full university scholarship costs roughly USD9,000 per year for a Burmese student, USD3,500 per year for a Laotian and Cambodian student, which results in USD96,000 per year for all scholarships. The remaining US$ 4,000 is used to administer the programme and provide additional workshops and training.
 
 
 

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