Kok Beng school is located approximately 14 kilometres from Siem Reap. We are fortunate to have the use of the local temple to conduct classes. The manager of the school is Sovann . Sovann is also a tuk tuk driver and uses part of his salary to pay for some of the school’s ongoing costs. The temple had no furniture apart from a whiteboard and its only teaching aids were some charts of the alphabet and animals. Over 100 children now attend this school. Electricity has been connected and we have provided desks for the students. Additional teaching aids, library books, games and student stationery are being supplied thanks to our generous supporters.
Sovann lost both his parents when he was very young. He was raised in a monastery where he had the opportunity to learn both English and Japanese. Sovann understands the importance of this generation of children having access to free education including the learning of English.
Oroluos school is located approximately 35 kilometres from Siem Reap, near the main town of Dom Dek. Funds raised by the Phillip Island community were used to construct the first classroom in December 2012. On December 12 more than 350 children turned up for English lessons ! Since this time more buildings have been added to cope with the demand from students wanting to learn.
The manager of Oroluos is Sopheak whom had previously established his own NGO at Angkrong Village near Siem Reap. Sopheak’s experience has been invaluable in establishing and running Oroluos. He is fully aware that it is vitally important for as many Cambodian children and adults as possible to have access to educational opportunities.
Beng school is located approximately 28 kilometres from Siem Reap. The elders from Beng Village approached Growing Cambodia after hearing about the school at Oroluos. The elders wanted to give the children from their village the same opportunity to learn English as those at Oroluos. The village worked together to construct their own building and once finished lessons commenced on 6 June 2016. The plan to use only one teacher quickly changed when over 280 students turned up on the opening day – some of the children coming from surrounding villages. Three teachers now take a number of afternoon and evening classes.
The manager of Oroluos, Sopheak, also manage the school at Beng, with his experience, local knowledge and hard work giving more rural Cambodian children increased educational opportunities.
Exciting news came in December 2014 when a partnership was entered into between the Ministry of Education, the primary and secondary schools at Koy Meng in the Banteay Meanchey Province and Growing Cambodia Inc. Koy Meng is a two hour bus drive from Siem Reap. Over 580 primary and secondary students attend these government schools. With the infrastructure already in place our organisation contributes funds to help improve the quality of education through the provision of art materials, stationery, pens, library books, computers and other teaching aids. Sponsorships are also offered to poorer students to assist them in attending the government schools. Additional English lessons will be provided for the students shortly.
Vattey is our Cambodian manager for this project. Vattey was the first University student whom Growing Cambodia supported. Vattey has now graduated with a Bachelor of Finance. Vattey is also our accountant in Cambodia and is responsible for distributing the monthly payments to all four schools and villages.