The mission of the Harpswell Foundation is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia and the developing world.
Our strategy is to focus on a relatively small number of the brightest young people possessing leadership potential and to nourish that potential. In particular, we provide housing, education, and leadership training for children and young women. The Harpswell Foundation is politically neutral.
We believe that educated women with leadership ability constitute the most powerful force to bring about positive change in developing countries.
We believe in the importance of one-on-one contact between students and mentors in a closely knit community.
We believe in the importance of carefully listening to local communities articulate their needs rather than imposing our own views of their needs. We believe in respecting local cultures and local family values.
We believe that non-profit organizations should be lean and cost effective.