We have decided to undertake project to build a Community Education Center (CEC) in the village of Siem Reap. For the last two years, Teachers for Tomorrow has been organizing and providing English language classes on weekday evenings in the village of Kok Kruel that is located about 12 km from Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The average class size for each of the two classes is about 20 students. We have been using a community facility which is really nothing more than a slab of concrete with a roof over it. There is no electricity ( we use a car battery and one florescent bulb) and the classes are often interrupted by wind, rain, and bugs in the evening hours.
We recently approached the village chief with a simple proposal to install solar powered lighting but he said that, because it is a community structure, it would be difficult to make any modifications. As an alternative, he is offering a piece of his own land on which to build a new educational facility. we have undertaken an informal fundraising campaign and appear to now have enough to build a basic facility that would be highly functional, self sustainable, and respectful of the needs and culture of the local community. Stay tuned!
Three volunteers from the University of Washington CUSP program have been working at Teachers for Tomorrow in Siem Reap during July. They have been teaching English and have been restructuring the class curriculum.
A recent fundraising campaign among friends of James raised $1,600. Thank you Gerard, John, Teri, Dennis, Jon, Nic, Jeff and Chris! The funds will be used to sponsor a new Teachers for Tomorrow High school scholar, support our Life Skills classes for adolescent girls and our daily English classes for 45 students.
Chelsea Reinnoldt held a fundraiser in Bangkok called Cooking for Cambodia whereby she prepared a gourmet meal for 11 of her friends for a $30 donation. The proceeds went towards building a vertical vegetable garden for a needy family in Kompiem Village, Cambodia.
We have four volunteers from the University of Washington! John Davis, Maddy Bennett, Cihra Frank and Jamie Clark will stay in Siem Reap between 1-7 months and will help our new teacher develop lesson plans and teach. We also hope to install solar lighting in the classroom. Welcome volunteers!