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Five Schools in Three Days!

In June, 2015, we had the huge privilege of participating in the opening celebrations of five beautiful, brand new schools for Cambodian kids in remote villages. Our Australian and New Zealand supporters certainly love children and we are so grateful that besides the Operation Christmas Child shoebox program, we are able to do so much for those who have so little.

 

In 2013, we commenced our Schools for Cambodia program, aiming to construct 20 new schools in the Banteay Meanchey province of Cambodia in three years. Existing school facilities in this area are in total disrepair and classrooms are overcrowded leading to poor teacher performance and low student attendance. As the province is also in close proximity to Thailand, children are vulnerable to trafficking and child labour. By providing access to quality education, a whole generation can be lifted out of poverty and change the future of their nation.

The new schools accommodate 300 students and are equipped with a flagpole, desks, playground, latrines, rainwater tank or well and a hand washing station. We are also piloting programs to improve the quality of education by resourcing teachers and students with materials including IT equipment and software.

We are over halfway to our goal of building 20 schools in Cambodia by the end of 2015! Twelve schools have been fully funded and 9 are already completed and operational. We are now looking to fund 8 more schools to reach our goal.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN!   READ THE STORY OF SCHOOLS FOR CAMBODIA

Seventy plus kids crowded into this ramshackle schoolroom with dried, cracked, mud floors that turned to deep, squelchy mud when it rained.

70+ kids crowd into this ramshackle schoolroom daily. Dried, cracked, mud floors turn to deep, squelchy mud when it rains.

Seventy plus kids in a ramshackle schoolroom with dried, cracked, mud floors that turn to deep, squelchy mud when it rains.