Year on year our University scholarship program continues to grow. This is testament to the success of our high school and early years programs. This year PLF took on twenty new University students and placed two more students in Vocational training school. The majority of these students will attend the top Universities in the country in the capital, Phnom Penh.
This past school year marked more accomplishments than we can fit into one post, but there is one particular story of resilience that sings to us, and that is the story of Koh Ker Village’s first ever High School graduate, Channy.
This year will be the first year that an entire graduating class of Koh Ker Primary School alumni will continue onto High School in Siem Reap. But in order to truly know where they are going, you must first understand where they have been.
Namva, Chenda and Chanya are some of PLF’s most recent success stories. All have recently graduated from PLF’s scholarship program and landed fantastic jobs in three different fields. Interestingly, PLF supported each student in different ways. In our scholarship program we tailor the support that we offer based on the goals and needs of each student.
With the opening of the new PLF girls dormitory, Sreynith has passed on the torches at Tchey, Khnart, and Chansar Schools. PLF Family, meet our newest field director Vannak!
As an intern last fall, Hannah wrote a brief article detailing the launch of our physical science curriculum for the Grade 6 Science Club at Knar School. One year later we’d like to use a few more words to update you on the more recent accomplishments of our pilot science project, how the program came into play, and importantly, why it’s shaping up to be one of the most compelling extra curricular programs we’re offering.
Now that we’ve had time to let our scholarship program take hold, we’ve sat down to take a look at the impact of our high school scholarships on our students, and the goals of our high school scholarship program as a whole.
By William Stafford, age 11 The past three years, William has joined his family on their annual trip to Siem Reap to volunteer and visit with the PLF. Last year and he was excited to share his love of chess with Tchey…
In our holistic approach to bringing meaningful education to the most marginalized communities in northern Cambodia, a key component is our food programs, which take the edge off the persistent food insecurity that is prevalent among the children who attend PLF rural schools.
The 2014 Cambodia Demographic Health Survey found that under-nutrition rates remain a public health concern, with 32% of children under 5 years of age stunted, 24% underweight, and 10% wasted. Micronutrient deficiencies are widespread. Rising inequality, landlessness and deterioration of common resources have eroded the coping capacity of food-insecure people. Limited access for the poor to education and health services and low levels of investment in public infrastructure further perpetuate food insecurity and undernutrition.
And that’s in a good year. 2016 has not been a good year.
It was in May 2014 that PLF made it’s first visit to Romchek Village, nestled just inside a protected forest in northern Preah Vihear Province. This village is about 20km north of Koh Ker Village, where PLF has run a successful…