The basic need of every child is to be able to attend school in a safe environment.The rural schools in Cambodia in the middle of open fields with dirt roads, no electricity or toilets are not an ideal learning environment. There is no other equipment but blackboard and chalk in the classrooms. Often there are not enough desks and benches for children to sit. The education is free and universal, yet each child has to have a uniform and school supplies to be able to attend. One realizes that education is a prized possession when one sees most children walking 3 km (about 2 miles) in each direction on an empty stomach.
The children are tiny in stature and often look three years younger than they are. The school classrooms are crowded with three children to a desk and 60 children in a class. Being in the crowded classroom in the midst of the heat, one feels truly stifled. Yet the attention of the students and their thirst for knowledge is astounding.
Cambodian Charity Organization is currently working in three village schools supplying school books and stationery as well as sponsoring 120 poor children. We provide full-time Khmer classes.
For the future vision and mission:
We will support to much as we can as like computer instructors, English class free, and librarians and sports coaches. We have built libraries, kitchens, toilet blocks, playgrounds, sports fields, vegetable gardens, water wells, and Tippy Taps. We regularly bring inexperienced teacher volunteers to infuse new ideas and provide teacher training.
We provide a comprehensive puberty curriculum in the secondary school which includes human trafficking awareness and prevention workshops. With the support of CCO, we were able to construct a new school building comprised of two English classrooms, a computer lab, and a cultural center.
In order for our village children to reach their full potential, we enrich their basic education with additional programs.
Library Instilling the love of reading is provided by our librarian and an inviting, well-stocked library with over 1,000 books in Khmer & English. Daily story reading under the big tree inspires the children to borrow books. Our simple system of library cards is spreading to other schools in Cham Srey Village and we are spearheading a Library Association initiative.
We encourage the brightest and most dedicated students to attend high school by providing scholarships and support for their families. We provide funds for their school supplies, clothing, and bicycles and support the poorest families with extra rice. Support a scholarship – Annual Cost $400 and provides books, clothes, rice for family, and monthly tuition fee for Grades 10-12.