A Children’s Shelter
Sok Sabay is a French non-profit association created in 1995, apolitical and non-religious. We are helping children in situations of abuse, abandonment, torture, neglect and child exploitation in Cambodia and Laos.
In Phnom Penh, children live full-time in a shelter with all the necessary comfort. They follow an education at school and recreation activities on daily basis through sport, music and plastic art. Sok Sabay is, above all, a children shelter. We believe in a better future far from poverty and violence in which they lived. We provide education, healthy lifestyle and medical monitoring care follow up according to their pathology.
In Luang Prabang and Phongsaly, in Laos, we are building dormitories for girls of different ethnic groups. Scholarships are also offered to the Akha girls from Northwest Laos.
Our vision: providing education to girls from different ethnic groups of Laos and deprived of all academic support.
“The Children’s Crusader”
Though her involvement with Sok Sabay, Marie Cammal received the Time Magazine 2004 “European Heroes Distinction”.
Nicknamed as “The Children’s Crusader”, the magazine praised Marie’s dedication and strength in saving abused children in Cambodia.
A French recognized association
Sok Sabay is an association created by Ms. Marie Cammal under the French law of 1901 and recognised as being of public utility since May 1995.
Marie Cammal is managing the NGO in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs of Cambodia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia.
23 Years Of History
Marie Cammal created the children shelter and has run it for 23 years. She is proud to continue her work with all the wonderful donors, friends and families.
How it all started ?
After 5 years in the refugee camps at the Thai-Khmer border in the 1980s, I was in front of an emergency case. As a woman, I have witnessed scenes of unimaginable devastation and suffering. I had to act against poverty and the remnants of war. That’s why I decided to work in Cambodia.
Between my humanitarian missions, I returned to France to work as a nurse in hospitals and clinics. By bicycle, I was looking for humanitarian sponsorships from pharmaceutical companies.
It is with the help of the groups Sanofi and Beaufour Ipsen International, and with my personal resources, that Sok Sabay could have been founded.
It is a long and constant struggle to ensure the most elementary human rights to children whose childhood has been ignored. These children are heroes because they have survived tragic situations. Their resilience allows them to overcome tragedies. Our action at Sok Sabay is to help them to overcome their suffering.