The province of Banteay Meanchey, near the Thai border, is one of the Cambodian region where the population has been most affected by the civil war. The last fighting ended in 1997 and many refugees returning from camps in Thailand have settled there in the greatest destitution. Many families are still recovering from long term consequences inherited from the war period such as poor health care access, the poverty that pushes parents to leave their children and try their luck in neighboring Thailand. In this context, children represent a particularly fragile population.
The Foyer Lataste has opened his doors in the 90s to help at his best the population of the small village of Khla Kaun Thmei, near Sisophon. Since then, the association has been working in the fields of child protection and access to education, while promoting health, agriculture & environment, and Khmer culture.