Who We Are

Coral Tree Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2015 by Chenda Chhi, a Cambodian-American woman who is a Khmer Rouge genocide survivor, and includes a team of volunteer professionals in the U.S.A. and Cambodia.

Coral Tree Education Foundation, Inc. is a California Public benefit corporation and is recognized by the United States as a Section 501 (3) (c) tax exempt charitable organization.

Our mission is to foster an educated and compassionate new generation of young Cambodians, especially girls, who will use their education to fight poverty, help their people, rebuild their country, and contribute to the world to help maintain peace and prosperity for all. We will focus on educating girls, and also educating their families and communities and improving their support systems.


“It is my dream that Coral Tree Education Foundation will educate many generations of young Cambodians who will pass on our hopes and dreams for Cambodia and for the world at large. Cambodia’s recent tragic and unfortunate history confirms that life goes on, even after unimaginable horror, and that good will always overcome bad forces. Education is among the most important means of achieving Peace in the world. Deep rooted anger and hatred lurk everywhere around the world and certainly in Cambodia as a result of its history and present widespread poverty. Our mission is to both educate and also foster compassion and integrity. Without these, our entire civilization will contain to much needless suffering beneath the appearance of progress. Globally, and in Cambodia, other foundations are doing their parts, I want Coral Tree Education Foundation to be among their number in bringing people positive change one step at a time.”
— Chenda Chhi, Founder

When we educate a girl, she educates her family and her community, and the world benefits.