Bareebo was legally certified as a local community development NGO by the Cambodian Ministry of Interior in September 2009. At that time, its co-founders and current directors, Mr. Kov Bong, a Cambodian citizen and David Emery of the USA, were the only staff. After securing a $45,000 USD donation Bareebo opened its office in rural Banan Village in Battambang Province, Cambodia in January 2010.