Goutte d’eau was established as a Swiss foundation in 1996 and started its work in Cambodia in 1997 under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Vocational Training and Youth (MoSVY). The foundation assisted the ministry in building up a center for vulnerable street children in Neak Loeung under the name Damnok Toek Cambodia which was registered by the Ministry of interior as a local NGO in 2001.
In 1999, following a request by the MoSVY, Goutte d’eau opened a project for street children in Poipet. Through its work there, Goutte d’eau discovered that Thai authorities were deporting several hundreds of trafficked children to Poipet every month and decided to collaborate with other international organizations, including IOM and UNICEF, and the Cambodian government to set-up a structure offering deported children an opportunity to escape the vicious circle of trafficking. The activities in Poipet were later consolidated under the name Damnok Toek Poipet which was registered by the Ministry of Interior as a local NGO in 2003.
Through its work in Neak Loeung and Poipet, Goutte d’eau noticed that many street children suffered from physical and/or mental disabilities but that there was no appropriate structure to care for them. Goutte d’eau decided to create the Damnok Toek Handicap Center in Phnom Penh in 2003 following one of its principles to always respond to the current needs on the field. The three Damnok Toek centers merged in January 2013 to become one local organization named Damnok Toek.
In 2003, Goutte d’eau created Child Support Network (CSN) in Switzerland, a network of organizations joining forces and leveraging on their different strengths to effectively fight against child trafficking. Later that year, Goutte d’eau and CSN joined forces and became Goutte d’eau – a child support network (GEcsn) with the mission to help the most vulnerable children and their families in Cambodia, always giving priority to the needs on the field which should be determined by local organizations and not by donors from industrialized countries.
GEcsn started its activities with funding and coordinating a big anti-trafficking program between Thailand and Cambodia, and later expanded its programs to assist children with mental disabilities. GEcsn also worked on other projects including a Drug Rehabilitation projects with Mith Samlanh /Friend, an agricultural training program with KADO, as well as a Protection and support program of Cambodian children on the streets of Bangkok with Friends International. In 2016, to follow up on the commitment it took towards children with physical and/or mental disabilities, GEcsn created the Kep Farm, a social business dedicated to young adults with mental disabilities.