TASSEL (“Teaching And Sharing Skills to Enrich Lives”) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2012. Initially TASSEL's sole activity was having U.S.-based, trained volunteers provide free English classes over video conferencing to the poor in rural Cambodia. But it has quickly evolved to include actively encouraging, recruiting, training and funding high potential Cambodian adults to become teachers as well as providing food aid, medical care access and other support services to the poorest families who have limited capabilities to earn income.
In just seven years, TASSEL has grown from six U.S. volunteers, two local teachers, and 20 local children to 800 volunteers, 24 local teachers, and 2,300 local children (as of August 2019.) Volunteers are located in the U.S., U.K., Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, and Israel. The Cambodian teachers and children are in five rural villages in Battambang and Kampong Cham provinces.
TASSEL's mission is to provide continuous, high-quality English education and life-sustaining relief to the underserved in rural Cambodia, as well as to nurture and transform the hearts of all involved.