HISTORY / MISSION
Children of the Mekong is the UK branch of Enfants du Mékong, a leading French charity founded in 1958 with the aim of sending poor children to school in Southeast Asia
Enfants du Mékong sponsors 21,700 children and in 2016 had an annual budget of 11 million euros, with 82% of charitable expenditure.
In 2011, a team of volunteers decided to create a permanent office in the UK and in 2014 opened a Children of the Mekong charity shop in Clapham, which also provides our office base.
We have one permanent staff working along with a wonderful team of volunteers to manage the charity shop and develop the office.
Founded in 1958, Enfants du Mékong is dedicated to helping children and their families in Southeast Asia to escape from extreme poverty and to live with dignity.
Providing education, training and support, we help children and young people to improve their standard of living and to grow intellectually, emotionally and morally.
Respect for all - regardless of circumstances, culture or religion; Trust - Loyalty - Selflessness
Children of the Mekong is a UK registered charity at the Charity Commission (1116375).
At children of the Mekong, one of our core values is to keep the core costs as low as possible. We also give priority to transparency in all our programmes.
83 % of expenditure goes directly to our education programmes in Southeast Asia. The rest is necessary for fundraising and administrative costs. All our income comes exclusively from private donors.