We provide housing for secondary and high school students continuing their education far from their homes in the countryside where there is no opportunity for higher level education. Not only do these facilities provide students with the opportunity to continue studying, but our dorms are a safe space for our students to focus on academics and in many cases redefine their lives without food insecurity or violence. A student who returns home every day to an unstable household or familial pressure to join the work force will drop out; a student who returns home to an positive environment of peers and mentors who are focused on learning will continue their studies.
Srayang Dormitory is located 100km northeast of Siem Reap. It is home to the graduates of Koh Ker and Romchek Primary Schools, for whom the nearest secondary school is more than 15km away. The dorm is under the careful watch of field director Sothea and Sieng Ry, who singlehandedly brought education to her village as the only educated woman in the area after the war. The students at this dorm are the first in their villages to complete a secondary school education, and 3 graduates from the Srayang dorm have recently moved to our dorms in Siem Reap to continue high school. In addition to providing access to the secondary school in Srayang (conveniently across the street), the dorm includes a computer lab, supplementary English and Math classes, and frequent workshops.
SIEM REAP DORMITORIES
We have two urban dormitories for high school students located just outside the center of Siem Reap city; one for boys and one for girls. Students from Srayang who complete secondary school with high scores can continue onto the urban dorms in Siem Reap, along with other students supported by PLF that come from areas across the country where there are no opportunities for upper level education. The need for student housing in urban areas is particularly large because the High Schools of good quality in Cambodia are located exclusively in cities. As a result of this scarcity students will send themselves to the cities to enroll in school and do their best to make ends meet, often by working night jobs or other unsafe forms of employment. The urban dormitories in Siem Reap remove these pressures by providing safe housing, access to high school, as well as supplementary English and computer classes.