Our history

Cool Timeline

2005
May

Foundation of the charity Taramana

Foundation of the charity Taramana by the founding members Dr Jocelyn Dordé, Dolores and Eric Brunot who came back from a humanitarian assignment in Cambodia.

July

« Tara » (Séthara) and « Mana » (Maryna)

« Tara » (Séthara) and « Mana » (Maryna), two cambodian orphans, leave for France and get help for their studies.

2006
February

Taramana starts giving general support

Taramana starts giving general support to the children of the slum Boeng Salang, in the north of Phnom Penh.

December

First English and French classes

First English and French classes for more than forty students in a little wood hut along the disused railway which runs through the slum.

2007
January

First rice distribution

First rice distribution for the families and the beginning of a vaccination protocol for the inhabitants of the slum.

March

Fiscal receipts

Taramana is allowed to issue fiscal receipts for the donations.

2008
February

Recognition of the NGO

The NGO Taramana is recognized by the Ministery of the Interior of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Mrs Kun Shitan is the President.

October

Opening of the Taramana center

Opening of the Taramana center in a building of 600 square metres. The children receive Khmer, English and French classes as complimentary classes to public school.

2009
January

extra-school activities

Start-up of the extra-school activities : traditional khmer dancing, hip hop and football.  

2010
October

French drama class

Start-up of the French drama class.

December

partnership with the NGO Cambodia World

A partnership with the NGO Cambodia World Family providing dental care to children.

2011
June

Opening of the Taramana canteen

Opening of the Taramana canteen. About one hundred children among the most disadvantaged get one well-balanced meal every day.

November

Start-up of rugby

Start-up of rugby with our long-time partner Kampuchea Balopp

2012
July

Purchase of a piece of land

Purchase of a piece of land of about 1000 square metres for the building of a new center.

September

Employment of the first VSI

Employment of the first VSI (Volontaire Solidarité Internationale) as the Operational Director of the center.

2013
June

Foundation of the French speaking troup Les Petits Chenapans

Foundation of the French speaking troup Les Petits Chenapans following the success of the young actors during the « Destination Francophonie » competition where three of them were winners.

July

Parody video Gangnam Style

Incredible success of the parody video Gangnam Style with the 160 Taramana children. More than 1 500 00 views on Youtube.

2015
February

Mrs Sylvia Sisowath is appointed President of the NGO

Mrs Sylvia Sisowath is appointed President of the NGO Taramana in Cambodia.

October

The first Taramanathon

The first Taramanathon organized by the two biggest student organizations in Phnom Penh (UYFC/SSEAYP).

2016
August

Opening of the Taramana Magdelena Center.

Opening of the Taramana Magdelena Center. It is more than 2000 square metres and was built by the Vannak Sathapanak company.