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The Ponheary Ly Foundation promotes access to public educational opportunities and the health and well-being of children and young people in Cambodia’s Siem Reap and Preah Vihear provinces.
We believe that in order for children to learn, they must have food security, a stable place to live, transport to school, and access to medical care — the same everyday supports that should be afforded to children throughout the world. 

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Rethinking High School Scholarships

Now that we’ve had time to let our scholarship program take hold, we’ve sat down to take a look at the impact of our high school scholarships on our students, and the goals of our high school scholarship program as a whole. (more…)

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World of Children 2016 Education Award!

We are beyond excited to announce that our fearless leader, Ponheary Ly, has won this year’s award in the field of education! Recognized as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” honorees will receive a grant to help their program grow and ultimately impact the lives of even more children. Jaskiran Dhillon, our University Partner at The New School in New York City, shared so beautifully the joy we are all feeling about this honor, and we’d like to share her thoughts with all of you.

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VOLUNTEER BLOG: Chess, Science, and Football

By William Stafford, age 11

The past three years, William has joined his family on their annual trip to Siem Reap to volunteer and visit with the PLF. Last year and he was excited to share his love of chess with Tchey School and join the soccer club his older brother helped to start for a special match on the school fields. During this year’s trip he returned to host a chess tournament, demonstrate a series of science experiments, and bring football to the students in Romchek. Here are his thoughts and commentary from his third experience with PLF!  (more…)

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Why Toilets?

The pump has been filled, the floor has been swept, and our new bathroom facility at Knar school is finally complete! Our facilities now have three times as many toilets and a proper hand washing station, an improvement that helps us to better address the sanitary needs of our 360+ students and teachers. However, beyond this upgrade in facilities, these new bathrooms represent a major success in our efforts to educate the community at Knar about the importance of actually using them. So just how important is a having a toilet, and how does using it affect the community?

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STUDENT BLOG: Deforestation in Cambodia

All trees are the heart of the world. It’s very important to support other developments in almost all sectors for daily life. Many countries use modern generators to recycle wood to become other materials to use for business, while people are increasingly making requirements to have much more building, furniture and more agriculture. Trees have many uses for environments like creating oxygen, providing food, and making the environment beautiful. Do you think trees can grow as fast as people? What are of the main causes of fast forest loss? (more…)