Hello my name is Soy Sen. I am part of a video project supported by the Ponheary Ly Foundation in Siem Reap Cambodia. We are a youths groups video maker trained by Diana Gross, the Traveling Teacher. I am a Cambodian student who made the video called “Water Wells in My Village“. After that, we continued to make one information technology video called “I Am One” and submitted it to Goodtube for the Video Competition.
By Farida Mot, Field Director
In February the traveling teacher, Diana Gross, visited Tchey primary school. She worked with 14 students on storyboard and videography. Recently those students made their first overseas communication through skype .
A valuable part of any student’s school experience is an old-fashioned field trip. Around here, there are plenty of amazing things for children to see and learn about, from the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat, to natural wonders such as Phnom Kulen, all the way down to being dumbstruck by sliding glass doors at the Lucky Mall. Our students are no different from any other anywhere in the world; inquisitive by nature and always ready to get away from their desks for a day.
Tchey School has been running the computer program for 3-1/2 years now and the earliest students from that project are now assistant teachers at the lab. There is one class of advanced students; they are in grades 10-12 and return each saturday and sunday to study in the lab. Yes, they are the geeks.
We’ve had a flurry of activity since school started. Here are some highlights!
The October monsoon season was a record breaker with 3 major floods occurring in Siem Reap in as many weeks. For 5 weeks the city and surrounding area were under a meter of water and the PLF team was challenged greatly by the logistics on how to deliver supplies and uniforms to 2500 students, make as many lunches and deliver bikes, prizes and backpacks.
Normally opening day of school occurs the first week of October. This year, it took until November 7 to get the job done, with Wat Bo School being the last to dry out.
We are very happy to welcome our 2500 students back to school!
We are thrilled to announce that the Ponheary Ly Foundation Canada is up and running as a registered Canadian charity. We now have two organizations raising funds for Ponheary’s projects with one common team on the ground pulling it all together.
Wow! It’s been a busy summer~!
Thanks to all the folks who showed up to sponsor lunches, outings and workshops. You made our summer sweet!
Special thanks to the PLF ground team, who make the transition from one school year to the next so seamless for over 2,000 students. You rock!
Siem Reap has seen a wetter than average monsoon season this year and our streets have been under water for several days. Undeterred, today we inspected and readied 211 bikes that will be awarded on opening day. We’re certain we will not make our October 1 date, but as soon as things dry up a bit, we’ll be ready.