Marist Solidarity Cambodia (MSC) is an international non-government organization encompassing LaValla School, Villa Maria Hostel. a rented house and an Outreach Pogramme. MSC aims to support young Cambodians with physical disabilities by way of furthering their education and assisting them into employment.
MSC is an integral part of the mission of the Marist Brothers whose foundation in France 200 years ago initiated a commitment on the part of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder, to provide schooling for poor children from marginalized families. That commitment and that dream are being realized here in Cambodia as MSC works for poor young people with disabilities wanting to give them new and better opportunities, hoping that their formal education will prove decisive in changing their circumstances.
LaValla School established in Phnom Penh in 1998 is the only government approved school in Cambodia providing a full elementary school education for children and young people with physical disabilities.
Villa Maria, built by the Australian Marist Fathers in 2005 is now a hostel for the young people attending secondary and high schools and those attending university.
An outreach programme based at LaValla assists more than 100 young Cambodians with physical disabilities who live at home and attend their local schools.
All but a few of MSC's students live-in coming as they do from all over Cambodia.
In 2010 MSC was established to integrate various programmes and sites into one entity with its own Board of Directors under the aegis of Australian Marist Solidarity.