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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𝗪𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗗𝗡'𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧 𝗔 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗜𝗡 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗡...? 📖✏️

130 children, from 3 to 5 years old, in five remote rural villages in Cambodia can join village preschool classes which we have been supporting since 2013.

Prior to this, these young children were looked after by grandparents or relatives at home, while their parents would go out to earn a living. Not only would they miss out on the solid foundation that preschools bring but also on the extra nutrition and the health monitoring that the schools provide.

This preschool education ensures that children will be well prepared for primary school; the first step towards better chances in life.

See more about the KAKO pre-schools in this endearing video:
WOULDN'T YOU WANT A STRONG START IN LIFE FOR THESE CHILDREN...?

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𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗗𝗢 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗞 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗦𝗘𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗦?

We think 'they deserve better than the circumstances they live in'.

That's why we support these young students, in total 63 children in rural Cambodia. We give them scholarships so that they can create better chances in life, for themselves and for their families. And when they succeed.... Wow... that feels so good!

Thank you Anthony Mann and Reineke Bakhoven for so generously supporting this wonderful project.

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𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗗𝗢 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗞 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗦𝗘𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗦? 
We think they deserve better than the circumstances they live in. 
Thats why we support these young students, in total 63 children in rural Cambodia. We give them scholarships so that they can create better chances in life, for themselves and for their families. And when they succeed.... Wow... that feels so good!
Thank you Anthony Mann and Reineke Bakhoven for so generously supporting this wonderful project.
#Kako

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Thank you so much for helping these girls in Cambodia.

𝗪𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗗𝗡'𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧 𝗔 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗜𝗡 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗡...?

In five remote rural villages in Cambodia, 130 children attend local community preschool classes which we have been supporting since 2013.

Without this, they would not only miss out on the solid foundation that preschools bring but also on the extra nutrition and the health monitoring that the schools provide.

Early childhood education prepares them for primary school, without which these children would lag far behind their peers who did go to preschool. In far too many cases, they would then drop out of school.

We would like to thank Annigje Jacobs and Brice Godard for volunteering to travel, film and interview the KAKO project team and the students!

Learn more about this project in Cambodia here:
philanthropyconnections.org/project/preschools-in-cambodia

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