Wat Opot Youth in Transition Program supports young adults in University or trade school in Phnom Penh.

Presently the program is run by Mr. Sina Khin, a Watopotian with a degree in Law, and overseen by Wayne Dale Matthysse. Monthly meetings are scheduled, usually at a soup kitchen, where a majority of the students and graduates attend. The purpose of the gatherings is not only to enjoy a good meal together but to share and encourage each other as well. Individual counseling and job placement is provided when needed.

All tuition and school fees are covered by Wat Opot and each student is provided with a monthly stipend, which covers some of their living cost, however, intentionally not all of their needs are met so the students must work at least part time to cover additional expenses.

Over the years the YIT Program has had 10 University graduates:

One in nursing (National Institute of Public Health)

Two in law (Royal University of Law and Economics)

One in civil engineering (Build Bright Univerisity)

One in midwifery (Norton University)

Two in art (Royal University of Fine Arts)

Two in architectural design (Royal University of Fine Arts and Limkoving International University)

One in Management (Build Bright University)

Over 15 students have received certificates from trade school:

Mith Somlanh NGO (Cooking, Appliance Repair/Electrical, Hair and Makeup)

Kate Korpi Academy (Hair stylist)

Polytechnic Institute (English, Accounting)

La Bottega Dell'Arte (Silver Jewelry Craftsman)

Buddhism for Social Development Action (Hair/Makeup)

Kosomo (Motorcycle Mechanic)

SMS (Car Mechanic)

For the 2019-2020 school year we currently have:

One in Law (University of Law and Economic)

One in Architecture (Build Bright)

One in Sociology

One in hair/make-up (Mith Somlanh)


Not all of our YIT students come from Wat Opot.  Included in the above students, are 7 impoverished and/or vulnerable youth who were referred to us by school counselors or organization heads who asked us to give these youth a chance to better themselves and subsequently their families.