our story

key dates

1982: Sipar was born in France

Sipar was born to help welcome and integrate Cambodian, Vietnamese and Laotian refugees in France. Sipar then formed "hospitality groups": French people who unite to receive a family of exiles and accompany them until they are autonomous. It then had to find funds to ensure daily life, housing, work, goodwill to accompany in the administrative procedures, the schooling of the children, and then of course the sense of welcome and human warmth to share with those who take refuge with us.

1986: In the camps of Thailand

Sipar works to help refugees before they arrive in France. Sipar opened its first French classes at phanat Nikhom camp in Thailand, where refugees were waiting for their departure for France. Sipar teachers teach the French language and culture to their students to better prepare them for their integration into France. In 1989, Sipar began working in sites on the Khmer-Thaï border to prepare the populations for their repatriation to Cambodia, after the Paris agreements...

1991: Sipar arrives in Cambodia

From 1991, at the request of the Cambodian Ministry of Education, volunteer pedagogical advisors were sent to the Provincial Directorates of Education and the Schools of Pedagogy of Kompong Speu, Kompong Chhnang, Prey Veng and Kandal...

1993 - 1994: First school libraries

After the closure of refugee camps in Thailand in 1992, Sipar opened the first children's library in Cambodia in a wooden house in Kompong Speu in 1993.

No books in Khmer: at that time children's books in their language were non-existent. Sipar has selected, purchased and imported books from France and Thailand. The texts were translated into Khmer and pasted directly into the books.

1993 to 2016: The School Libraries Program

From 1993 to 2016, in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Sipar supported the creation of 310 school libraries.

 2000 : Début du programme bibliomobiles

In 2000, Sipar's first mobile library was born, a mobile library, financed by its own funds. Today, there are 14 mobile libraries operating in 103 sites in 7 provinces including Phnom Penh including 9 mini vans, 3 tuk-tuk library, 1 library boat and 1 motorcycle biblio on Tonle Sap Lake.

2001: Birth of the Publishing department

When Sipar started building libraries, no Khmer books existed. We translated by hand into Khmer directly on the pages of the books the texts in French or English of illustrated albums for children. Since 2001, Sipar has also become a publishing house and pioneer in its field in Cambodia. Since 2001, 3.1 million copies have been printed and 244 titles have been published for all ages, from kindergarten to adults.