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Guy spent several weeks travelling around Cambodia during the summer of 2011 and was fascinated by the country and impressed with the people’s warmth and resilience.
In Cambodia, although 95% of children are enrolled in school, only 61% complete primary education. There are problems with overcrowded classes, absent teachers and lack of disaster planning. Parents often feel their children’s time is better spent working at home or in the fields to support their family and this has resulted in the country having the least educated population in the region.
Guy’s Trust, in partnership with ActionAid, has funded the construction of new classroom blocks, toilets and playgrounds in four primary schools in Cambodia and a library in a fifth.
Tany Village, Koh Kong Province
In Tany village 67 children aged three to eight were being taught by just one teacher in a one-roomed wooden annex, 3km from the main primary school. We have provided a new three-classroom block, toilet facilities, a playground and two additional teachers. The school opened in February 2016 and there has been a significantly increased attendance. We have also provided 50 bicycles for the older children which has cut down what for many was a very long walk to school.
Kandal Village, Kampot Province
Kandal village has one primary school serving 328 children aged four to thirteen. The school had one concrete building with four classrooms and a wooden structure with only one safe classroom. The children were being taught 50 to a class in two shifts.
The old wooden structure was removed and in February 2016 a group of twenty Guy’s Trust supporters went to Kampot to help construct a new concrete five-classroom building in its place, as well as a toilet block, basins with running water and a playground. Now the children are able to attend school all day.
Chhouk Village, Koh Kong Province
Whilst in Cambodia we visited Chhouk Village school, a dilapidated wooden two-roomed building and a lean-to for over 100 children who had to attend in shifts. Guy’s Trust has constructed and equipped a new five-classroom brick building, two toilet blocks and a playground. The new facilities opened in 2017.
Kampong Sdam village, Koh Kong Province
We are currently completing the construction of a new three-classroom block, toilet facilities and playground in Kampong Sdam village school. There are now 75 children at the school and this is expected to rise to 100 after the project is completed at the end of 2018. We are also supporting gardening facilities to equip children with life skills and knowledge on how to grow healthy food.
We are building a library at Kok Khpos village school, Oddar Meanchey province. There are 118 children at the school who will benefit. We are also providing locally constructed garbage incinerators in five schools in the province to help with their huge litter problem. This will hopefully build good habits amongst children regarding waste management. The project should be finished by the end of 2018.
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