The rural schools Cambodia in the middle of open fields with dirt roads, no electricity or toilets are not an ideal learning environment. There is no other equipment but blackboard and chalk in the classrooms. Often there are not enough desks and benches for children to sit. The education is free and universal, yet each child has to have a uniform and school supplies to be able to attend. One realizes that education is a prized possession when one sees most children walking 3 km (about 2 miles) in each direction on an empty stomach. The children are tiny in stature and often look three years younger than they are. The school classrooms are crowded with three children to a desk and 50 children to a class.
Being in the crowded classroom in the midst of the heat, one feels truly stifled. Yet the attention of the students and their thirst for knowledge is astounding.
Cambodian Community Dream is currently working in three village schools supplying school books and stationery as well as sponsoring 564 poor children. We provide full time English teachers, computer instructors, librarians and sports coaches. We have built libraries, kitchens, toilet blocks, playgrounds, sports fields, vegetable gardens, water wells, and Tippy Taps. We regularly bring in experienced teacher volunteers to infuse new ideas and provide teacher training.
We provide a comprehensive puberty curriculum in the secondary school which includes human trafficking awareness and prevention workshops. With the support of iHerb we were able to construct a new school building comprised of two English classrooms, a computer lab and a cultural center.
Cost to educate a child for a year is $135
Photographed and edited by George Rosenfeld for SylvanVideo.com