HISTORY / MISSION

OUR HISTORY

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 2015 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.

A team of interns and volunteers manages the shop, and Eugenie Munakarmi, COO of Children of the Mekong UK oversees the operations.

OUR MISSION

Our vision

For the children and families living in harsh and impoverished conditions in Southeast Asia to come out of poverty and live with dignity.

Our goal

To educate, train and support children and youth in Southeast Asia, which would enable them to improve their material living conditions and allow them to develop intellectually, emotionally and morally.

Our values

To respect every human being regardless of origin, culture or religion;
To build trust;
To demonstrate loyalty! 

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OUR TEAM

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Eugenie Munakarmi

COO - eugenie@childrenofthemekong.org

Eugenie has been working in the international development sector for 15 years. During her studies, she founded a small NGO for Cameroonian street kids. In 2005 she started a 4-year stint with World Vision France. In 2009 she joined "Enfants du Mekong" as a community fundraising manager. In 2011, she took part in the development of Children of the Mekong, the UK branch of "Enfants du Mekong" in London where she is now COO. 

Mariella de Soissons
Intern – Project Manager
Mariella is a 21 year old British student studying Geography at UCL. She is working part time for both Children of the Mekong and Green Shoots, which is another development NGO operating in South East Asia. COTM and Green Shoots have partnered together on projects in the past, and share an office! Having volunteered for two educational charities at her university and having mentored struggling children in poorer parts of London, Mariella is hugely aware of the importance of education in promoting social mobility and a fairer chance for children. This is why she was so keen to join the Children of the Mekong Team! She will be volunteering from late July to mid September, but also joined the COTM British 10K running on July 9th to raise money for COTM’s educational centre in Samrong.
Nicolas Hocquemiller
Intern – Project Manager
Nicolas is about to begin his last year of studies in aeronautics in France. He has known Children of the Mekong for more than ten years now, and he is looking forward to taking part in our projects. He will stay with us until end of August to manage the shop and is glad to work for Children of the Mekong in particular because his parents are currently sponsoring a student in the Philippines. Working in our office in London is a good way for him to help a good cause and allows him to practice English for his studies.
Hortense Mahon
Intern – Project Manager
Hortense is a French engineering student. She joins the team of Children of the Mekong in March and will stay until August with us. She wanted to join the team because access to education seems very important to her, and particularly in countries of South-East Asia. She will help manage the charity shop and get involved in the development of the charity with projects related to communication, events and fundraising. The internship will help her to improve her English and to understand more of the education issues.
Soukaïna Serghini
Intern – Project Manager
Soukaina is a French student coming from a business school in Lyon. She joins the team of Children of the Mekong in August and will stay until December with us. She wanted to join the team to do something meaningful and make a significant contribution to improving access to education in poor countries as in South-East Asia. She will help manage the charity shop and will be working on communication, events and fundraising. The internship will provide her a professional experience in a philanthropic environment.
Etienne Boisse
Intern – Project Manager
Etienne joins the team as an intern in August and stays with us until mid-September. He is 18 years old, studies French, economics and management in Paris. He will help to manage the charity shop and will be involved in new projects to develop the charity. He is with us because he wanted to have experience in the field of charity work, have some responsibilities and because education is very important to him. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to practice his English.

OUR TRUSTEES

Jean-Marc Debricon
Chairman
Jean-Marc has been involved in a number of non-profit organizations active in the developing world since 2004. He is the founding director of The Minerva Treehouse, later renamed Children of the Mekong, the UK branch of the French charity "Enfants du Mekong". Jean-Marc is the founder of Green Shoots Foundation, a UK charity setting up development programmes using economic development, education and medical aid in a synergetic way. It operates in 6 countries of greater Asia.  He is currently the General Manager of Alterfin, a Brussels-based financial cooperative promoting rural sustainable development in the South. Alterfin funds microfinance institutions and Fair-trade small holder producer organisations in 30 different countries and 20 different commodities.  Prior to that, he was an investment banker for 16 years and served as a Portfolio Manager for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and as a Managing Director in the global financial markets division of Rabobank International, responsible for a budget of €100 million and a team of 40 people. Jean-Marc holds a Masters in Business Administration and DESS in International Business from Université Paris IX Dauphine.
Julia Goh
Trustee
Julia Goh is a Managing Director and Business Manager for the Global Markets Business in Barclays International, supporting strategic and economic decision-making, business development, functional coordination, regulatory initiatives, and the overall control environment. She has extensive knowledge of risk and capital management, as well as building new businesses and reacting to regulatory change. Julia joined Barclays in 2010 and has held a number of senior positions, such as global responsibility for Transaction Management and the Hedge Fund Due Diligence. She built and led the capital function within Equities’ Liquidity, Risk and Capital Management team in 2012. Before working at Barclays, Julia was the global head of the risk management function in Prime Services at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and a risk manager in Nomura International. Prior to that, Julia was a Chartered Accountant (ACA ICAEW) in corporate tax at Coopers & Lybrand. She sat on the board of the London Women’s Forum representing Barclays until mid-2016. She co-chaired Barclays’ Women’s Initiative Network in London for 4 years till Oct 2016 and is currently a member of the Barclays International Diversity Council. She received her MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance with distinction from Cass Business School, and BSc in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Marcus Fedder
Trustee
Marcus is a Director of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation and was previously a Managing Partner at Agora Microfinance Partners. Prior to that, he was a Vice Chair and Head of Europe and Asia-Pacific of TD Securities, The Toronto Dominion Bank, and Treasurer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also worked for the World Bank, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Deutsche Bank. Marcus holds a PhD in Politics from Berlin and post graduate degrees in International Relations from LSE and Cambridge. He also paints and sells his paintings in support of Children of the Mekong: http://www.fedderart.com//a
Andreas Povlsen
Trustee
Andreas is the founder of Breakwater Capital Ltd. (BWC) an investment management firm exclusively focused on the maritime industry. Andreas has more than 20 years experience within the maritime/financial industry as a principal, an investor and a financier and over this time has developed a unique network of contacts with access to the top players in the shipping industry as well as investors and lenders in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the US. Andreas has a degree in Economics from Copenhagen Business School and has studied Psychology at Copenhagen University. He is Danish/Norwegian, has served in the Royal Danish Air force and has lived and worked in Asia, the US and Europe.
Camille Burgerhout
Trustee
Camille has been involved in Enfants du Mékong since she met Martin Maindiaux in Cambodia in 2012 in the middle of the one-year trip around the world with her husband and their 2-year old son. She experienced the action of the volunteers (including the "bamboos") and was amazed by the great impact the sponsorship has on the children and their families. In 2013/14 in New York and now in London, she has been involved in events to promote sponsorship and to raise funds. Camille is a Trustee of Children of the Mekong since July 2015. Prior to this, she worked 7 years in Luxembourg and London in the asset management industry, as a product specialist for investment funds. Camille holds a Master's degree in Finance and a French & German BA in European Business.
Laure Lagrange
Trustee
Laure is a communications professional, having worked over 15 years with world leading communications and financial Public relations agencies. Her main activities includes strategic communications and transaction work, advising clients on all their communications needs from content to corporate and investor relations. Laure has been an active supporter of Children of the Mekong since 2011 while living in Hong Kong. It is on her many travels in Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and China amongst others that Laure saw first hand the impact the Children of the Mekong sponsorship programmes and education centres had on children and their families. Laure is also a strong advocate of impact investing and measurement. She joined the Board of Trustees in June 2016 since being back living in London. Although a French national, Laure has lived and worked outside France most of her life. She holds post graduate degrees in Politics and International Relations from LSE and Sciences Po Paris.
Christine Lortholary
Trustee and Chairperson of "Enfants du Mekong"
Dr. Christine Lortholary Nguyen was born in France to a Vietnamese father and French mother and studied medicine in Paris. She soon took an interest in health issues in developing countries and worked in Madagascar and India. Her husband, who is also a doctor, was given the opportunity to practice in Thailand and Mrs. Lortholary, lacking a work permit, offered her help to the Children of the Mekong, thus becoming one of the first overseas volunteers. Above all, she worked in Cambodian and Vietnamese refugee camps and in the slums of Bangkok. Upon returning to France, she joined the board of directors of the association where she was secretary general before becoming chairwoman in 2011.

FINANCIALS

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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.

81 % 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.

See Children of the Mekong's 2015-2016 Annual Report

See Children of the Mekong's 2014-2015 Annual Report

See Children of the Mekong's 2013-2014 Annual Report

See Children of the Mekong's 2012-2013 Annual Report