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Friends International to open restaurant helping at-risk youth

September 12, 2011 by

The Give2Asia Foundation has agreed to give Friends International 1 + 1 matched funding to help create a new vocational training restaurant in Cambodia. For every dollar donated, The Give2Asia Foundation will match it, with one more dollar.

Based on the successful restaurants in Phnom Penh and Lao PDR, the new restaurant in the city of Siem Reap will teach skills to marginalized youth (such as former street kids, drug users and kids who were in jail) and support Friends’ social and educational programs.

Friends-International has been running vocational training restaurants since 2001 with increasing success. Currently, at its three restaurants (run by around 130 former street youth in training and their teachers), around 100,000 customers per year experience local cuisine and culture while helping the students gain the skills and confidence to work in the industry.

Friends Restaurant, with its tapas-style menu, is ranked #1 of 196 restaurants in Phnom Penh on TripAdvisor, and is the #1 ranked restaurant in Phnom Penh and the #8 rated “things to do” in Asia on Lonely Planet.

The team is ready to start working on this new restaurant, having found a great location in the heart of Siem Reap near the temples of Angkor. If you are interested in supporting this new project, contact the Friends-International team  at


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