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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Exciting news! Thanks to your support, 135 children aged 3 to 5 in five remote rural villages in Cambodia can now attend preschool classes. Since 2013, we've been backing these village preschools, giving these young ones an essential head start.

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We extend our gratitude to Willem and Erica, Loopkoets, Annabelle, Barkruk, Stichting Wees, Stichting Ochtendstond, and ATJ for supporting these young children.

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Exciting news! Thanks to your support, 135 children aged 3 to 5 in five remote rural villages in Cambodia can now attend preschool classes. Since 2013, weve been backing these village preschools, giving these young ones an essential head start.
Before this, many of these children spent their days at home with grandparents or relatives while their parents worked. Sadly, they missed out on the crucial foundation that preschools offer, as well as the extra nutrition and health check-ups provided by the schools. Together, were changing that!
We extend our gratitude to Willem and Erica, Loopkoets, Annabelle, Barkruk, Stichting Wees, Stichting Ochtendstond, and ATJ for supporting these young children.
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On this special day, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the committed educators, who are shaping the future of children, not only within our borders but also across the globe.

Philanthropy Connections is delighted to support educational projects that empower and uplift more than 200 teachers across Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Through initiatives by our partners such as Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center (BNSCLC), Foundation for Applied Linguistics (FAL), Friends Without Borders (FWB), Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organisation (KAKO), Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC), Lahu Women Organization (LWO), and Fortune Community Health Group (FCHG), we aim to bring about positive changes in the lives of these unsung heroes and, through them, in the lives of the thousands of children they teach with enthusiasm and care.

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On this special day, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the committed educators, who are shaping the future of children, not only within our borders but also across the globe.
Philanthropy Connections is delighted to support educational projects that empower and uplift more than 200 teachers across Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
Through initiatives by our partners such as Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center (BNSCLC), Foundation for Applied Linguistics (FAL), Friends Without Borders (FWB), Khmer Akphiwat Khmer Organisation (KAKO), Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC), Lahu Women Organization (LWO), and Fortune Community Health Group (FCHG), we aim to bring about positive changes in the lives of these unsung heroes and, through them, in the lives of the thousands of children they teach with enthusiasm and care.
Visit our website: https://philanthropyconnections.org/project_type/education/ to learn more about the impactful projects weve undertaken to enhance education and support our teachers. Your continued support fuels our mission to create a brighter and more equitable future through education.
#NationalTeachersDay  #EducationForAll

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"Ten years ago we supported Dok Srei-ny with an education scholarship for the last 3 years of her secondary school. And recently, after a wait of 4 years, she just received her diploma from University of South East Asia in Siem Reap!

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This incredible journey was made possible, all thanks to the generous support of our sponsor and former volunteer, Melanie Naegeli and her family. Their dedication not only empowered Dok Srei-ny but now plays a pivotal role in shaping a brighter future for others.

𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗗𝗼𝗸-𝗦𝗿𝗲𝗶 𝗻𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆:
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Ten years ago we supported Dok Srei-ny with an education scholarship for the last 3 years of her secondary school. And recently, after a wait of 4 years, she just received her diploma from University of South East Asia in Siem Reap!
Today, Dok Srei-ny is giving back, as a grade 4 at Stung Preah Srok Primary School (one of 4 remote rural village schools we support in Cambodia). Its inspiring to see her not only achieving her dreams but also contributing to the education of others.
This incredible journey was made possible, all thanks to the generous support of our sponsor and former volunteer, Melanie Naegeli and her family. Their dedication not only empowered Dok Srei-ny but now plays a pivotal role in shaping a brighter future for others. 
𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗗𝗼𝗸-𝗦𝗿𝗲𝗶 𝗻𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆:
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KAKO!

What excellent news! We‘re very proud of Dok Srey Ny‘s journey and wish her and her pupils nothing but health and happiness.

We are so proud of you, Srey Ny, and thank you Philanthropy Connections for your support for Sreyny. It's always good to see she's growing and even better to see her contribution back to the society. Again, thank you all donors :)

Srey Ny!

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