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 summer my sister and I volunteered again for the Ponheary Ly Foundation. This marks our 4th summer as volunteers, something that our family has been doing for the last 10 years. This summer we wanted to continue some of the teaching we had begun over the last few summers and also try some new ideas!”
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.
The forest is the location for small trees and all kinds of animals where they live together. It is the natural resource of design to do everything. We should take care of all these resources, which we already have because it is very important for young generation and for our country future also.
Cambodia is a country that is developing in various areas such as: infrastructure, art, tourism, politics, and education.
Dignity is the best advantage of people and something we always wish and want. The people who have dignity with themselves commit good deeds including good culture, righteousness, kindness, do not harm other people, being tolerant to each other, and especially have human culture and virtuous jobs. Dignity belongs to people who have an honest heart, are trustful, respect justice and rules. People who have ethics refers to people who have good behavior, help others, respect the rules, and live safe together.
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.
In April we laid out our finances for 2015 and shared our plan for 2016, and we are excited to finally welcome a key player of that plan to the team. PLF family, please meet Sherry!
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 school for almost a decade. The students from Koh Ker have been given access to secondary school by coming to live at the PLF Dormitory at Srayang. The students from Romchek hoped to have a chance to join those ranks and continue their education. But it’s not so simple.