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.
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.
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…
The pump has been filled, the floor has been swept, and our new bathroom facility at Knar school is finally complete! Our facilities now have three times as many toilets and a proper hand washing station, an improvement that helps us to better address the sanitary needs of our 360+ students and teachers. However, beyond this upgrade in facilities, these new bathrooms represent a major success in our efforts to educate the community at Knar about the importance of actually using them. So just how important is a having a toilet, and how does using it affect the community?
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.
By Barbara Shooter
Grade eight students from The Ponheary Ly Foundation media program had a great day at Kompong Khleang fishing village, documenting a very different way of life from their own.