FOUNDING STORY

“Anything can start from a thought.”

The passing of Duncan’s brother led him to a chance encounter with Racky, a former Cambodian child slave. This meeting ignited Duncan’s life purpose: to provide life-changing education to the world’s most underprivileged children. Duncan vowed to return and assist Racky in realising his dream of establishing rural primary schools. It was a promise infused with hope and story that proves that when actions are fuelled by hope, courage, belief, and passion, anything is possible.

“Anything can start from a thought.”

The death of Duncan’s brother led Duncan to a chance meeting with an ex-Cambodian child slave named Racky. This chance meeting showed Duncan his life’s purpose – helping the world’s most underprivileged children gain access to life-changing education. Duncan promised Racky that he would come back one day and help him realise his dream of developing rural primary schools. It was a promise of hope. When actions are fuelled by hope, courage, belief and passion, anything is possible.

THE BEGINNING

Our Founder, Duncan, took a trip to South-East Asia in search of purpose and meaning to his life. By chance, he met Bunrith Thy, affectionately known as Racky.

EARLY 2012

RACKY'S LIFE

Duncan and Racky's friendship and Duncan learned about his childhood growing up during the Khmer Rouge Regime, where he was separated from his family, forced into child slavery, and survived several attempts at his life. 

EARLY 2012 CAMBODIA

RACKY'S TRIUMPH

Despite unimaginable challenges, Racky fought to get himself educated to a university level. He now devotes his life to his non-government organisation, which works to improve the education system and provide children with access to quality education.

EARLY 2012 CAMBODIA

CLASSROOM OF HOPE'S BEGINNING

Duncan made a promise to Racky to help provide quality education to children in Cambodia. Duncan balanced his corporate dayjob while devoting his nights and weekends to researching, working, and building a purpose-driven organisation. With  tremendous support from  friends and family, Classroom of Hope was born.

THE NEXT 7 MONTHS

SCHOOLS FOR EXCELLEND PROGRAM LAUNCHED

A partnership with two local NGO’s to create child-friendly schools in Cambodia. Fitting that this day is celebrated as Universal Children’s Day in Australia – we took this as a good sign!

OCTOBER 2012

CLASSROOM OF HOPE IS A REGISTERED CHARITY!

Things were starting to get huge with multiple partnerships and huge sponsorships, and we got ACNC registered.

AUGUST 2013

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

We prove every project

We keep track of every dollar raised and share the projects you’ve supported with photos and GPS coordinates.

We partner with local NGOs

We collaborate with best-practice local NGOs to build sustainable, community-owned schools and toilets.

We're an open book

We’re serious about transparency and proudly showcase our financials for everyone to see each year. 

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