Get Real: PLF Brings Angkor High School Girl’s Dormitory into the Fold

By Lori Carlson

In Siem Reap there is a Girl’s Dormitory that is attached to Angkor High School. It was built and initially funded by the Asian Development Bank and after the first two years of operations, it was handed over to the government to support and facilitate. Of course, the government had no plan in place for actually taking over operations for the dorm and it fell to ruin in short order.

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Reflections of a PLF Intern

 By Brooke Loving-Bagwell, PLF Intern

The classroom desks were filled with students, eager to recite the alphabet and practice their English. Outside, inquisitive little ones lined the windowsills to get a glimpse of the class lessons. I remember their immense smiles, bowing heads and folded hands. Their gratitude—for an afternoon snack, bright red Frisbees and fresh jump ropes—touched me. Together, we played games in the dusty school yard, laughing and howling as the students attempted to jump rope for the first time. Looking around at the students, many the same age as me, I began to recognize the great privilege I had.

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GET REAL: A Few Thoughts as I Move Back to the U.S.

By Travis Thompson

This August, I’ll be leaving my position in Cambodia with Ponheary Ly Foundation to move back to the United States. As I leave Cambodia, I want to reflect on my years with this incredible organization–the challenges, the triumphs, and the lessons learned are unmatched by anything else in my 31 years of life.

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