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Get Real: A Sense of Belonging

Throughout the week we have been sharing our favorite moments from the Srayang Mentorship field trip to Siem Reap; inspiring advice from students, curious eyes and minds touring the high school and the refrigerators. The smallest details are so important and often the easiest to share in a few concise words. But there is one grander idea that struck a note with all of us this past month, an idea that merits a moment’s reflection.

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Srayang Graduates Pave the Way in Siem Reap

This school year seven graduates from the Srayang Dormitory moved to the Siem Reap dormitories to begin studying in High School. A major first for all of us; the first time every graduate from Srayang continued on to Grade 10 and the first time any of those students had made such a giant leap from their villages. It was our greatest experiment ever, and so far it has paid off.

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ADVOCATE BLOG: Working with Koh Ker Students to Help Start a Trekking Business

By Caroline Stafford

The summer of 2013 marked my fourth year in Cambodia volunteering for The Ponheary Ly Foundation (PLF). Amongst the whirlwind of things we aimed to accomplish, perhaps the most meaningful, was working with two PLF students from Koh Ker village to help launch their idea for a business: adventure treks for tourists in Koh Ker. For those that have never visited Koh Ker and would like to help PLF in a different way, I would highly recommend taking one of these amazing treks. 

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Koh Ker Village’s First Secondary School Graduate

Last week, PLF went to Koh Ker to host a lunch for the primary school students. That day, we also held a small ceremony for Sareng, our first graduate from the Srayang dormitory. By finishing grade 9, Sareng is the first person from Koh Ker village to finish secondary school, a tremendous achievement for not only her, but for her parents, who themselves are not educated, and thus see little value in an education.

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