Video by Rafael Winer
Since 1999 the NKFC has worked with over 2800 families through a partnership program to empower the local community with the knowledge and resources to first secure their basic needs (clean water, hygiene, healthcare) and later to work together to find a sustainable future through literacy, primary education and vocational training programmes.
In 2007 the NKFC established the first rural training centre for dance, music and craft skills under the Royal Patronage, and in the name of, HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi – the symbolic guardian of Cambodia’s art of traditional dance and music – the Preah Ream Buppha Devi NKFC Conservatoire.
The NKFC has found that the medium of dance and music has played a miraculous role in healing the deep psychological scars left by the experience of the genocide and reconciled families with their traditional, cultural and social values.
Now, having trained over 200 students from 4 to 17 years old in classical, folk or traditional music, the NKFC is proud to be responsible for the first dance troupe with a spiritual dimension in rural Cambodia – The Sacred Dancers of Angkor. The troupe has toured across the USA, Japan and Laos to international acclaim.
Classical ‘Boran’ Dance
Folk ‘Pepeiny’ Dance