CLS is located in the Chumkriel community of Kampot Province near the south coast of Cambodia. The community is located in the countryside a few kilometres east of Kampot (pop. 40,000) and is mostly rice and salt fields. There are four villages in Chumkriel with over 970 families.
Many families work irregular jobs as labourers in the salt fields, the rice paddies, on construction sites, or in Kampot. Their income is meagre and they often don’t earn enough to send their children to school regularly. Consequently many students do not complete their education.
Most families do not have access to a clean and reliable water source, and their homes don’t have toilets. Children from some families are without bicycles and may walk up to an hour to get to school.