BSDA is a Cambodian run NGO, established in 2005 in response to criticism from the villagers around the Wat Nokor Bachey temple west of Kampong Cham City. The community felt that the monks would preach altruism in theory but hardly ever practice it. Deeply hurt, seven Monks founded the organization, financing it privately throughout the first three years until their work was noticed and international donors started to provide funding. BSDA’s programs cover a large scope, including education and vocational training for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Community and democracy development and work with Drug users and the HIV/Aids infected. Although being monk-led and inspired by Buddhist philosophy, BSDA maintains religious neutrality and strives to better the dialogue between religious groups in Cambodia, employing Buddhists, Christians and Muslims alike. All projects have the secondary aim of teaching good ethics to the participants and encouraging them to contribute as well, creating a peer support system in which ex-beneficiaries help those in their former situation.
– It was approved by the Ministry of Interior under No. 612.S.C.N.-
BSDA is a community-based organization founded on the Buddhist principles of Metta to empower vulnerable people and to promote compassionate engagement in Social and Economic Development to contribute to the eradication of avoidable suffering.
BSDA envisions a society where people are empowered to live independently and have livelihood security.
BSDA’s mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of vulnerable people, especially women, children and youth, through education, health and livelihood development initiatives, in partnership with others.
Rooted in the Buddhist teachings of Mettā practice , BSDA adheres to and promotes the following values:
BSDA was founded in 2005 by seven Buddhist monks. Today, it has more than 60 staffs, 100 community volunteers and over 21000 beneficiaries in five provinces (1.Kampong Cham, 2.Tbong Khmom, 3.Kampong Chhnang, 4.Pursat, 5.Koh Kong).
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