Cambodia has one of the largest populations of unskilled youth in all of South East Asia and The Shinta Mani Foundation seeks to assist these young people by providing them with the skills to obtain meaningful employment to support themselves and their families.
Students generally come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and all students are selected based on their desire to learn and improve their skills.
The Development Center educates students for ten months. During this time they receive free tuition, uniforms, materials, and bicycles, as well as two meals each day. They also receive a small stipend of rice and money to help support their families. All students are supported through generous donations from guests at Shinta Mani and other supporters.
All students learn English as well as general life skills. Students specialize in one of the departments of the hotel, including culinary, finance, front office, housekeeping, maintenance, restaurant, and spa therapy.
In September 2013 the Shinta Mani Foundation expanded its training program by setting up The Farming Development Center with the goal of enhancing the lives of young Khmer villagers living in the countryside surrounding Siem Reap. The Farming Development Center teaches its trainees the most effective farming techniques to grow organic fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as to raise chickens, ducks and pigs.