Roots of Change is a storytelling platform dedicated to the Alumni community of The Funding Network Australia. Here we share their stories of ingenuity, courage, determination, spirit, growth and the impact these grassroots organisations have had, as a direct result of funds and support received from The Funding Network community.

Classroom of Hope

Classroom of Hope

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Providing access to quality education to children in the developing world, in aid of helping them realise their greatest potential.

Classroom of Hope believes everyone deserves access to quality education. They do this by partnering with local NGOs to building schools, creating child-friendly school environments and distributing scholarships.


2017 Pitch
Funds raised: $11,705

Classroom of Hope pitched at TFN Perth to support for the second year of their STEM4Women program, designed to empower young, vulnerable girls/women to tap into a global movement that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies for 10 young women in 2-year tertiary-vocational degrees, with the aim to include career counselling and confident entry into the workforce.


The impact...

It was only six years ago that Duncan Ward was travelling around Cambodia looking for purpose. It was here he found it in a local man known as “Racky”, who was working hard to provide local children in remote areas of Cambodia access the education they deserve. And, it was from this chance meeting – that Classroom of Hope was born.

Since then, Classroom of Hope has worked on the development of twenty-two child-friendly schools in Cambodia – but when 130 million girls worldwide are denied their right to education – there’s always more work to be done. Duncan and Nicola are committed to reducing this number and the generosity of The Funding Network donors at TFN Perth showed that they are too.

The community raised more than $10,000 to support ten young women with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) scholarships. Specifically, five young women from Cambodia and five from Thailand have been given the opportunity to attend higher education in the field of I.T. The five scholars from Cambodia have all graduated and are now proudly employed in the Cambodian private sector, building on their careers and changing their life trajectory. The five scholars from Thailand will be graduating in March 2018 and no doubt they’ll have similar success, thanks to the support of Classroom of Hope and the TFN community.  Check out the video below to hear these young scholars share what this opportunity means for them.

Read their Impact Report

Learn more about Classroom of Hope.

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