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.
In 2007 KAKO ran seven preschools in remote villages around Siem Reap, but in 2009 the sponsor stopped the funding and the preschools were closed. In 2011 KAKO reopened one preschool in Lvea village with the hope to reopen more.
The preschools ensure that between 80 to 100 children per year are well prepared to attend primary school, improving their chances of successfully completing their education.
In 2013 KAKO approached us to support the school in Lvea and reopen another two preschools. For this essential part of a coherent educational and health programme, we found sponsors who enabled us to fund the three preschools.
In 2017, KAKO began support for another preschool and approached us for funding, bringing the total up to four preschools: Lvea, Snor, Kouk Srama and Kouk Thmei Preschools.
As a developing country, Cambodia does not have the means to ensure basic education for everyone, especially in rural areas. While primary and secondary schools exist in the larger villages, there is an overall shortage of government-funded preschools. In addition, many villages are too remote for younger children (ages four to five) to attend the preschools that do exist, especially when rural roads are washed out during the rainy season.
This lack of access to early education places children from the least developed villages at an additional disadvantage when they reach school age (6), as they are often not ready and lag behind their peers. It is very difficult for them to catch up and many of these children drop out of school and will not get the chance to continue their education and improve their chances in life.
Goals and Results
From the reopening of the KAKO preschools in 2013, until the end of 2016 over 145 children graduated from their preschools. In November 2015 the government agreed to assume responsibility for the preschool in Stung Preah Srok and absorb it into the local primary school. This gave KAKO the opportunity to respond to requests from parents and, with our funding, to open up another preschool in Kouk Srama Village. In 2017 KAKO was able to open an additional preschool in Kouk Thmei Village.
Stichting Ochtendstond | 2022 | €19,012.00
General Donation Fund | 2021 | $ 20.203
YP Foundation (November 2019 – October 2020): $19.931
Anonymous (November 2017 – October 2018): € 15.000
Anonymous (November 2016 – August 2017): € 14.200
Anonymous (November 2015 – August 2016): € 10.000
Heeren van Sminia Society (November 2015 – August 2016): € 5.073
Anonymous (November 2014 – August 2015): € 12.401
Trump Chemical Corp, Taiwan, Angie Ng and her friends (October 2013 – July 2014): $ 10.990
Meet Saing Sreika, a 16-year-old scholarship student in Cambodia who is currently in grade 12 at Puok high school. She would like to share about women's rights and express her gratitude to the sponsors.
"We should respect women as the mothers of the world, as they hold tremendous power in society across all countries. We strive for equality between women and men, which means they have the same opportunities as men in terms of employment and providing for their families.
Women have been engaged in a centuries-old struggle to achieve equal participation in society alongside men. Nowadays, women are fully active in society and enjoy equal rights, including freedom, equality, and justice. They have the right to participate in all activities and the right to stand for election or vote."
I would like to express my deep gratitude to the donor for your kindness in sponsoring my studies up until today. I would like to wish you and your family good health, strength forever, abundant prosperity, and success in your business endeavors. I am determined to give my best effort in studying, achieve excellent results at school, and become a valuable human resource for society.
A big thank you to Anthony Mann Mann (Tony) who sponsors Saing Sreika and many other students in memory of his beloved wife Nancy.
In rural Cambodia, only 53% of school-aged children completed primary school in recent academic years, and of these, only 15% completed secondary education. Poverty is one of the main causes for low school attendance.
PCF has been supporting a scholarship programme for 60 primary and secondary school students since 2017. The programme provides the students with school uniforms, textbooks, stationery money for tutoring and bicycles. Each student receives a bicycle to ensure that they can attend classes, because for most students it is a long walk to school.
The family is often hesitant to send their children to school because they could help the family earn an income. A child at school means one less pair of hands working in the fields. So, the programme also provides eggs, fruit and rice to the students. This makes a huge difference in persuading the parents to send their children to school.
A big thank you to our generous sponsors Tony Mann and an anonymous sponsor.
Meet Veoun Sreilik, a 17-year-old scholarship student in Cambodia who is currently in Grade 11 of high school. Not so long ago, she wrote a letter to us to share her daily life and study schedule.
“I study two subjects each day from Monday to Friday. On Monday, I study Khmer language and Geography. On Tuesday, I study Mathematics and History. On Wednesday, I study Physics and a subject related to the village. On Thursday, I study Chemistry and Morality. On Friday, I study Biology and a subject related to household. On Saturdays, I have self-study. I also have monthly examinations, and I perform well.”
I would also like to thank my sponsor and wish them happiness and good health."
PCF has been supporting a scholarship programme for 60 primary and secondary school students since 2017. The programme provides the students with school uniforms, textbooks, money for tutoring and bicycles. We also provide rice to the their families so the children are able to stay in school and not work on the farm.
A big thank you to Anthony Mann (Tony) who sponsors Veoun Sreilik and many other students in memory of his beloved wife Nancy.