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At the Cambodian School Project our goal is to prepare poor rural children for life in rapidly changing Cambodia. Rural families there survive by cultivating rice and vegetables on small plots, just as they have for hundreds of years. This way of life is changing as Cambodia modernizes. The farm sector is shrinking and new jobs in the city require literacy and numeracy. Speculators buying up farm land has made it less available at the same time better infant health care has led to an increasingly larger youth population. Those many rural youth who will not inherit land and who have no education are at high risk for a lifetime of poverty.


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The Cambodian School Project seeks to educate poor farm children to help them survive in Cambodia’s modernizing economy. Since 2002, we have built four elementary schools and adopted two others in small farm villages of Siem Reap Province. Every year we provide school uniforms to the 2,000 students in these schools. This is a useful gift to children who may own only the clothes they are wearing and is much appreciated by parents. Each year we also provide school supplies, sports equipment and a set of clothes to the teachers (who are themselves very poor). We put in deep wells in 4 school villages, helped build outdoor school kitchens and planted organic gardens to provide food for our students.

As a consequence of these interventions, parents in the villages value education more highly. We now graduate well over 90% of our students, a much higher rate than at the other government schools in our area. In 2010, to encourage continued schooling, we started giving bicycles to our poorest graduates who live too far away to walk to high school in town. In 2011, 75% of the graduates at our oldest school went on to high school, the highest percentage (by far) that have ever done so.

In 2011, we partnered with a group from the Czech Republic to build a technical school for some of our older students. This school is now finished and we have 39 students attending sewing and computer use classes. All students also attend English class. We have hired a job placement expert to help us place our graduates in jobs. All of our students are very poor and attend school free of cost.

In 2012 we more than doubled the land around the technical school and acquired a house on that land. We improved the house and now use it as a dormitory for some of our grade school graduates who live too far away to ride bikes to the local high school. We are developing the land around the school as intensive organic gardens to provide food for both our technical students and the dormitory residents.

We invite you to consider helping us to prepare these poor farm children and youth for the future. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, so gifts to our project qualify for tax deduction under current law. We make your donations count by paying all fund raising and travel expenses ourselves – 100% of donations go to fund our projects in Cambodia. We are careful about how donations are spent, working with parents, principals, teachers, mayors, and school officials and toward shared goals. Our trusted confederates on site insure honesty and fairness.

We invite you to come and see our schools yourself. Most are close to the Angkor Wat temple complex, near the large city of Siem Reap. This international tourist destination has many excellent visitor facilities of all kinds. We will help visitors to Siem Reap find transportation to our schools and will furnish translators so you can visit our schools and talk to our students and teachers. We also seek volunteers who will stay longer and help by engaging our students in conversational English.

We think we are a very good value as a charity and we are getting good results. We invite you to join us in providing these bright, energetic farm children with real opportunity and hope for the future. For more information or to learn more about our story, please look over the web site or check out our Facebook page. For information not found or to set up a visit, email our secretary at rgarms@tds.net.