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 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.
For the children and families living in harsh and impoverished conditions in Southeast Asia to come out of poverty and live with dignity.
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.
To respect every human being regardless of origin, culture or religion;
To build trust;
To demonstrate loyalty!
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.
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.