Seven libraries in remote villages

Seven libraries in remote villages

Project Details

Project:Seven libraries in remote villages
Partner:
Location:Siem Reap,
Sponsorship Started:2013
Duration:June 2013 - ongoing
Budget: €18.500 ($22.093)
Total Beneficiaries:6.750
 children and adults

Summary

Literacy and education play a vital role in raising living standards. With good education comes improved job opportunities, which enable Cambodians to better provide for their families and future generations. The harsh regime of the Khmer Rouge targeted educated Cambodians and by 1978 most teachers and writers in the country had been executed, and most books and libraries had been destroyed. Even today public libraries are scarce, especially in rural areas.

Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organization (KAKO), our partner in Cambodia is active in non-formal education and community development projects in the province of Siem Reap.

After we began our support of the seven village libraries, these places have transformed into both community libraries, as well as functional spaces for meetings, events and even some of KAKO’s preschools.

These libraries are not only a resource to support further education and literacy, but functional centres for many community activities.

Background

Between 1998 and 2015 literacy rates in Cambodia increased by only 10% (UNESCO 2015)*. This is due in part to the lack of resources, especially in rural areas of the country where libraries are practically non-existent and books are considered a luxury.

Responding to the high rates of illiteracy in the Siem Reap province of Cambodia, the Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organization (KAKO) constructed 18 libraries in some of the region’s poorest villages as part of a comprehensive educational programme. The libraries became operational in 2002 as a post-literacy project to encourage new readers, students and adults to maintain and further develop their reading and writing skills.

In 2010, bad luck struck twice: Funding to maintain and operate these libraries came to an end and flooding caused damage to four libraries.

KAKO approached us for support to restore seven of the 18 original libraries and renovate those damaged by the flood. Recognising the important need for this project, we secured funding for the seven village libraries, which reopened in 2013.

Goals and Results

All seven libraries are currently in operation and are used for community activities including English classes, Public Health workshops, training, village meetings and more. The libraries receive daily newspapers and magazines, and circulate books between different library locations every two to three months to ensure villagers have access to a variety of reading materials. Currently the libraries have over 150 books, and each library is staffed with a librarian who has attended a capacity training workshop run by KAKO.

The libraries also collaborate with KAKO’s other projects and are used as preschool classrooms and vocational training centres.

In the 2017-2018 project period two of the libraries were relocated, four of the libraries required maintenance and repairs and additional activities were supported to further encourage use of the libraries.

Sponsors

  • Anonymous – The Netherlands (beginning to present): € 28.010
  • Govert & Anke Eggink – The Netherlands: € 1.500
  • Stichting Pothaar MijnLieff – The Netherlands (2013-2014): € 3.200
  • Liemers College – The Netherlands (2016-2017): € 655

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Last Friday we put our Cambodian partner KAKO in the spotlight.

During our ten-year partnership, we have supported their six preschools, five village libraries, the construction of more than 200 toilets, over 60 primary and secondary scholarship students per year and their operating costs.

𝗪𝗵𝘆? 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗵𝘆….
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𝗦𝗢, 𝗪𝗛𝗢 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗔𝗗𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡?
[Answer: probably no one]

Admin is not the most appealing of topics but without funding administration costs of our partner KAKO, their projects could not be implemented.

KAKO manages 6 preschool classes for a total of 130 children aged 3 to 5 years old, in five remote rural villages in Cambodia. They built hundreds of toilets to improve sanitation, and with that, the hygiene and health situation in numerous villages, and over 100 underserved children can attend primary and secondary school thanks to scholarships, of which we finance 64.

Without qualified staff and an office from where they can manage the projects and handle the complex local legislation, these vital programmes would simply disappear.

Thank you to the anonymous sponsor who acknowledges that ‘administration’ does not sound very exciting but it is essential to run these projects that benefit so many.

#KAKO
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𝗦𝗢, 𝗪𝗛𝗢 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗔𝗗𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡?
[Answer: probably no one]
Admin is not the most appealing of topics but without funding administration costs of our partner KAKO, their projects could not be implemented.
KAKO manages 6 preschool classes for a total of 130 children aged 3 to 5 years old, in five remote rural villages in Cambodia. They built hundreds of toilets to improve sanitation, and with that, the hygiene and health situation in numerous villages, and over 100 underserved children can attend primary and secondary school thanks to scholarships, of which we finance 64.
Without qualified staff and an office from where they can manage the projects and handle the complex local legislation, these vital programmes would simply disappear.
Thank you to the anonymous sponsor who acknowledges that ‘administration’ does not sound very exciting but it is essential to run these projects that benefit so many.
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𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝟵𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗡𝗡𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗬

It is 90 years since Ole Kirk Christiansen established the 'leg godt' company in 1932, and 6 years since we received the first donation from the LEGO Employees' Anniversary Grant group.

Last year's grant of EUR 3.772 is used to support two preschool classes for 6 months, covering teachers' salaries and operational costs to prepare the preschoolers for a better future.

Thank you for all your support - your funds make a significant difference to underserved preschool children in Cambodia!

With Bolette Meyer, Camille Blirup Grundholm and Jan Christensen.
#SPS #preschools #kako #LEGO #sponsoring
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𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝟵𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗡𝗡𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗬
It is 90 years since Ole Kirk Christiansen established the leg godt company in 1932, and 6 years since we received the first donation from the LEGO Employees Anniversary Grant group.
Last years grant of EUR 3.772 is used to support two preschool classes for 6 months, covering teachers salaries and operational costs to prepare the preschoolers for a better future.
Thank you for all your support - your funds make a significant difference to underserved preschool children in Cambodia!
With Bolette Meyer, Camille Blirup Grundholm and Jan Christensen.
#SPS #preschools #KAKO #Lego #Sponsoring

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