Support Local Education in
Siem Reap, Cambodia
While on a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia in March 2019, my close friend Lesley and I met the most amazing new friend - Mr. Young. From the moment he picked us up at the airport, we knew the next few days would be the highlight of our trip through SE Asia.
As our tour guide he showed us all the world-famous sights like Angkor Wat. However, we also asked him many questions about his own childhood, as he was so close to our own age. We learned much about the struggles of the beautiful and warm people of Cambodia and how hard it is to get a job with only the government schooling.
He invited us on our last day to visit the Peacock Learning Centre, an after-school program for local village children that teaches them English, Chinese and computer skills to supplement their minimal (and non-mandatory) local education in the mornings.
The PLC was started by Mr. Young’s family out of their home to help future generations of his village: Spean Chreav - just 5 km from the downtown tourist center of Siem Reap.
*How you can help, for less than the cost of your daily latte
It only costs $2 a month for parents in the local village to send them to this after school program (this money goes to pay the teachers and to fund school supplies). Students attend every day to learn these additional skills so they have better job prospects in the future, in the tourism and service industries, which is the main option in this part of Cambodia outside of farming. However, for many parents in Cambodia that $2 per month is beyond their means.
According to World Bank research, 45% of the population in Siem Reap live under the poverty line. The average household income in many parts of Cambodia is less than $1 a day.
It is my goal to help the PLC raise money through generous donors in other parts of the world so that they can continue to break the cycle of poverty in Cambodia and leave the world a better place than they found it.
Your donation of just $10 would fund 5 students to go to school for a month.
Your donation of just $50 would pay for the internet in the classroom for 3 months.
Your donation of $100 would pay one of the teachers for almost 2 months.
Your donation of $200 would fund a computer for the students to learn vital computer skills.
You may mail a check (please email firstname.lastname@example.org for address) or donate via Venmo (Anna-Bove) or click here to send a donation via PayPal + indicate “Cambodian School Donation” in the memo
Total Donations to Date: $1,470
(as of 6.9.19 - wires will be sent every month)
Thank you to our donors:
$800 - Above Yoga
$50 on behalf of each of the 16 guests for our retreat to Cambodia in February 2020
$100 - Amy Egleston
$100 - Lesley Eberle
$200 - Tim and Mindy Armstrong
$20 - Kristin Lisak
$250 - Heather Harmon