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6 August 2000
  • Knar Village Learning Center Slated to Open Last month, I posted a notice that we had withdrawn from Knar School in an article entitled “Toughest Decision Ever”.  That title is a serious understatement. Withdrawing from Knar School was an emotional and very difficult decision, but one that had to be made. Let me get you updated now on how we worked to ...
  • The Toughest Decision Ever. By Lori Carlson Ponheary started her work at Knar School in 2002. When I met her in 2005 it was at Knar School that I came to understand her work and decided I wanted to help her do it. To say that the children at Knar School  are “important” to us is a gross understatement. Many of ...
  • Scholarship Students Move to the Workplace! Namva, Chenda and Chanya are some of PLF’s most recent success stories. All have recently graduated from PLF’s scholarship program and landed fantastic jobs in three different fields. Interestingly, PLF supported each student in different ways. In our scholarship program we tailor the support that we offer based on the goals and needs of each student. From ...
  • 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 ...
  • Drought Relief Update: August 2016 Last month when we put out the call to respond to what we considered to be a serious food shortage on the horizon, you responded decisively and we quickly began with food distributions to our most fragile families. The drought that has been browbeating the country for the last 18 months, took its first toll on ...
  • The 2016 Drought – Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst In our holistic approach to bringing meaningful education to the most marginalized communities in northern Cambodia, a key component is our food programs, which take the edge off the persistent food insecurity that is prevalent among the children who attend PLF rural schools. The 2014 Cambodia Demographic Health Survey found that under-nutrition rates remain a public ...
  • Romchek Primary School Comes into the Fold It was in May 2014 that PLF made it’s first visit to Romchek Village, nestled just inside a protected forest in northern Preah Vihear Province. This village is about 20km north of Koh Ker Village, where PLF has run a successful school for almost a decade. The students from Koh Ker have been given access ...
  • Knar School Learns to Uke By Hannah Najar This past fall Lucy Inouye, a frequent PLF volunteer from Hawaii, introduced a group of 12 students to the tunes of her hometown and paved the way for ukulele club at Knar school. It is with great excitement that we write this post to share the current accomplishments of PLF’s newest musicians! While she ...
  • Brooke Beyer’s Volunteering Story By Brooke Beyer Brooke and her mother, Gretchen, spent a week volunteering at Tchey School, working on english enrichment and teaching Irish dance. Here is Brooke’s account of all of the jumping, skipping, turning, and her favorite moments during her time spent volunteering with PLF. “My parents first met Ponheary in 2005 while on holiday in Siem ...
  • A Day in the Life: Volunteering in Koh Ker By Hannah Najar Curious what daily life looks like for volunteers in Koh Ker? Check out Hannah’s daily routine from a week spent volunteering and checking in on PLF’s programs at Koh Ker Primary, Romchek Primary, and Srayang Dormitory. Great adventures always start with breakfast! 6:00am Breakfast with the roosters (so to speak) at the guesthouse 6:15am Hop ...
  • Exciting Firsts For Photography Students By Barbara Shooter Grade eight students from The Ponheary Ly Foundation media programme had a great day at Kompong Khleang fishing village, documenting a very different way of life from their own. None of the students had visited the area before and they were amazed at what they saw.  We took a boat out on to Tonlé ...
  • PLF Turns Ten! In February 2006, Ponheary and Lori began a journey that frankly, we never imagined would go so far so fast. Our growth has been steady and solid and along the way we have created a village of sorts; a space where people have come together from all over the world to roll up their sleeves, ...
  • PLF Brings Angkor High School Girl’s Dormitory into the Fold By Lori Carlson In Siem Reap there is a Girl’s Dormitory that is attached to Angkor High School. It was built and initially funded by the ADB (Asian Development Bank) and after the first two years of operations, it was handed over to the government to support and facilitate. Of course, the government had no plan ...
  • Elizabeth Weaver’s Volunteering Story By Elizabeth Weaver Elizabeth, her Dad Leon and brother Liam spent a couple of weeks volunteering with PLF  - this is Elizabeth’s account of her experience and why they want to keep returning. The New Year is an especially good time of year to remember the charities that matter to us. It was only a day or ...
  • PLF Pride – Ream By Jacqui Rawson Ponheary Ly Foundation has so many students to be very proud of. A dedication to learn, the confidence to push themselves and an ongoing drive to succeed is regularly demonstrated by our students. Ream is a great example of one of these students. Born in Kok Ker village to parent farmers, Ream was lucky ...
  • Feeding The Need To Read By Jacqui Rawson The Ponheary Ly Foundation has three primary school libraries that are impressively well used by eager young readers. However, favourite books wear out and there is always a need for new choices so PLF continues to replace as well as grow the selection of books in our libraries. In support of the local economy and ...
  • High School Scholarships – A Year Of Firsts By Jacqui Rawson At the end of November, the Ponheary Ly Foundation, with help from supporters, partners and families, have awarded twenty scholarships for our most deserving and motivated students to finish high school. Each year the PLF goes through an assessment process to award high school scholarships.  Academic results are screened and those with a good ...
  • New Ventures And Exciting Skype Dates By Jacqui Rawson Eyes Open our PLF partners in Switzerland are doing amazing things in both countries for student support and education. They ensure our students at various schools and dormitories have hearty breakfasts (every morning) along with regular lunches and additional snacks each month. And also provide much needed bicycles that allow the students to travel the ...
  • The Boys Are In Town; The Countryside’s Come With Them By Jacqui Rawson The smaller of the three dormitories that PLF supports, the boys dormitory in the middle of Siem Reap is a tranquil, resourceful home-away-from-home, currently housing four boys from the countryside. Not only a roof over their heads.  Under their own direction the boys have pooled their skills from the countryside and have started their ...
  • Knar School Science Club New Science Curriculum Introduces Students to Weighty Matters PLF intern helps develop science curriculum at Knar Primary School. By Hannah Najar My first big project this year picked up on the great successes of the Knar School science club pilot project. I was given a set of twelve physical science lesson plans in English, and Teacher Ka’Oun and ...
  • School Supplies Prep Here it is, the exciting, busy time of the year when everyone gears up for the start of school! One of Ponheary’s many important sayings is “we should have fun while we work”. And that’s exactly what’s happening around the PLF office and Seven Candles Guest House at the moment. The school stationery supplies have been delivered ...
  • #2 Leadership Conference By Jacqui Rawson Round two of the PLF annual Leadership Conference – keeping the tide of learning rolling. Thanks to a successful conference last year and the ongoing support of generous donors, PLF held it’s second conference for our students moving into Grade 12 this school year. Half day sessions were run over three days and incorporated 5 ...
  • School Holidays By Jacqui Rawson The big holiday break between school years in most countries happens over the summer, aka “Summer School”.  In Cambodia it takes place in September and October which also happens to be the “wet season”, but “Holiday School” goes on, rain, hail or shine.     Some of the students take the opportunity of this holiday to ...
  • Recycled Soap Added To Health Program By Jacqui Rawson In uniting two organizations desire to keep kids healthy, PLF has recently partnered up with the Eco-Soap Bank. Eco-Soap Bank  was established in 2014, and their mission involves using left-over soap supplies from the tourist industry and recycling them for use by schools in disadvantaged communities. Free to humanitarian organizations, Eco-Soap Bank supplies PLF with 30 ...
  • Koh Ker Library: “The House that Love Built” By Lori Carlson There were times during the course of the planning and execution of constructing the library at Koh Ker School that I was sure we had all lost our minds. I’m also sure that the kind souls who shared our vision for undertaking this challenging project and gave us the money to do it, ...
  • PLF Teams up with Safe Haven to Bring Support to Children with Disabilities By Lori Carlson PLF is committed to building relationships with other competent organizations to bring services to children who lie outside the periphery of the core services PLF can deliver. We are beyond grateful to have found such a partner in Safe Haven Medical Outreach. They are a small and highly effective organization who work with ...
  • Body And Mind Educational Workshops By Jacqui Rawson Alcohol awareness, reproductive health and personal hygiene are just some of the workshops PLF has been running over August, September and October in conjunction with the Women’s Resource Centre (WRC). PLF has had the assistance of the WRC  for student’s education at leadership conferences and workshops over the last few years.  This year with a ...
  • Katie Stafford, Age 12, Reports on Volunteering at Tchey School By: Katie Stafford, Aged 12, London, England This is my second time visiting Cambodia as a volunteer for the Ponheary Ly Foundation. My parents and my older siblings have been coming for years, but now it was my turn to come! Rainbow Looms and a Scavenger Hunt at Chey School Rainbow Looms: Last year, I brought Rainbow Looms and these were ...
  • PLF Students Compete in Mini Olympics By Jacqui Rawson For the second year in a row the students from Tchey Primary school have gone head-to-head with other primary schools in this mini olympics set up by the Globalteer organisation. Each school chooses a country to represent and this year it was Mexico that the PLF supported students played their hardest for. ...
  • William Stafford, Age 10, Launches Chess Club By William Stafford, Age 10, London England My family has been volunteers with the Ponheary Ly Foundation for the last 8 years. Being the youngest in the family, I was left behind in the early years. But in the last two years, I was able to come. Wow, it was finally my turn and I was ...
  • Volunteering At PLF By Stephanie Mustari Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie and just I finished up a 3 week volunteer experience with PLF. My experience was beautiful. If life affords you the opportunity to volunteer with PLF for a day, week or longer please do not hesitate to jump on it. I promise you will not regret it. ...
  • The Evolving Hygiene Program By Jacqui Rawson PLF, along with the huge and varied support we get from our donors, volunteers and supporters, is very lucky to be able to boast many success stories in its 9 years of life.  The wellness program at Knar is one of those success stories and one which is now being shared to Koh ...
  • Ponheary Teaching The Teachers By Ponheary Ly Following like my father before me, I was also a teacher.  Over about 20 years I taught both at primary and secondary levels here in Siem Reap.  I also spent time away from home in Phnom Penh and through scholarship programs, in Russia and France so I could receive train-the-teacher training.  In this time away ...
  • Reflections of a PLF Intern  By Brooke Loving-Bagwell, PLF Intern The classroom desks were filled with students, eager to recite the alphabet and practice their English. Outside, inquisitive little ones lined the windowsills to get a glimpse of the class lessons. I remember their immense smiles, bowing heads and folded hands. Their gratitude—for an afternoon snack, bright red Frisbees and fresh ...
  • For The Love Of Reading By Jacqui Rawson You can pretty much always find students in the PLF schools that instead of playing during their breaks make their way to the library to fill their thirst for reading. And it’s an extremely pleasing sight when you take into account that reading has not really existed in Cambodia’s culture particularly not just reading-for-readings sake ...
  • Volunteering With PLF By Jacqui Rawson Volunteering with PLF takes on many different forms.  You could come for 10 weeks or two weeks, you could come as a group of 5, alone or with a friend, or you can come and volunteer with your whole family. For the third year in a row, a group of five volunteers from Union College ...
  • Volunteer Post: “Lessons Learned While Abroad” By Volunteer Brianna Caruccio Have a read through what Bri felt, thought and experienced during her time as a volunteer with the PLF . . . Lessons Learned While Abroad – by Brianna Caruccio Flexibility is key. Don’t expect a situation to go according to plan and don’t be upset when it, inevitably, doesn’t. Sometimes you will be ...
  • PLF High Schoolers Start Science & Engineering Club By Jacqui Rawson There is a Science and Engineering Club of 17 students at Hun Sen Wat Svay High School that are using recycling as a way to further progress their education. Science education is fairly basic in Cambodian public schools with no hands-on-training at all.  But this basic foundation was still enough to get two PLF’ ...
  • PLF Girls Rise to Share Their Stories Through Film By Brooke Loving-Bagwell, PLF Intern Every Sunday, eight teenage girls cycle from their urban dormitory to the PLF office to participate in PLF’s three-part media program that incorporates blogging, photography, and videography to help them learn to tell their stories and give them the tools with which to share them.  Catered specifically upper high school girls, this ...
  • Welcome to Sothea! By Jacqui Rawson Sothea started with us only two months ago but already the positive changes he has instigated at Koh Ker School are impressive! Prior to coming to work with PLF Sothea worked for 15 years with CMAC, a mine clearance organisation.  Whilst there he worked his way up the ranks, firstly becoming a Field Medic ...
  • Knar Science Club Wraps up Study of Biomes By Brooke Loving-Bagwell, PLF Intern Can you name all of the continents that have a tundra biome? Ask a student in the sixth grade Science Club at Knar school and they will readily tell you the answer, especially if there is a prize at stake. On Friday the PLF crew visited Knar Primary School to put ...
  • Saveth – PLF’s Jack-Of-Many-Trades By Jacqui Rawson PLF’s introduction to Saveth was in his role as a tuk-tuk driver for Seven Candles Guest House.  Now he’s responsible for our Media, Lego and Google Apps Programs.  There are also a myriad of other guises that self-named “Cambodia’s Mr James Bond” puts on for PLF such as Mr Fix-It and Mr Build-It, ...
  • Get Real: Rethinking Volunteers. Again. By Lori Carlson A couple of years ago, PLF had more volunteer inquiries than we could manage.  The selection process was always tricky; how could we know via a few emails who was going to be the most effective volunteer? Sometimes we got lucky, sometimes we didn’t; our choosing process seemed so random and ineffective. Managing loads ...
  • 2014 Finances are up! By Lori Carlson Another year has come to a close and with it come the joys of IRS reporting. The best part of all these spreadsheets is the rare opportunity to let these numbers tell me stories about how we’ve grown, or not,  think about whether or not that growth has been in the right directions, ...
  • The Champion – Yim Mao By Jacqui Rawson Yim Mao is an inspiring example of someone who continues to keep pushing themselves onwards regardless of misfortunes and ongoing struggles faced.  Yim Mao’s focus is not on his disability but on being as successful as he can be. When he was 7 years old Yim Mao was attacked and beaten severely by some ...
  • Out Of Banteay Srei District and Into Youth Development By Jacqui Rawson Sororn and Channy have just experienced, at 17 years of age, a significant moment in their young lives.  They’ve been introduced to a change in a way of thinking and found a new ability and confidence to challenge themselves to face the world head on. Banteay Srei isn’t just a temple “renowned for its ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: The Struggles Of My Life By Yeom Mao Everybody born in the world, through their lives, has happiness and laughter but also they can have problems and suffering, it cannot be avoided.  Owing to this I thought carefully about describing my story so that you could understand the problems I have faced in my life. My name is Yeom Mao, 25-years old, ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: The Khmer Rouge’s Impact on The Education Sector In Cambodia By Ratanak  From 1975-1979 was the Pol Pot regime and at that time Cambodia was the river of blood. Khmer Rouge (Pol Pot soldiers) and many armies took over Cambodia as a dictatorship during the time that sectors were declining, such as: health sector, industry sector, economic sector and especially the education sector. The Khmer rouge whose ...
  • From the Other Side: Watching PLF Advocacy in Action By Travis Thompson, PLF Board of Directors It’s been five months since I left my spot alongside Ponheary, Lori, and the Ponheary Ly Foundation team in the Siem Reap office to move back to the U.S. I’ve spent these last months trying to adjust to my new life in Seattle. The transition has been made easier ...
  • PLF Joins Forces with EFF to open 5th Computer Lab Khnart Middle School lies near Tchey Primary School and takes in about 1/3 of the Tchey graduates. The school is supported by the Engelstoft Foundation in a very similar model to PLF. Recently, our two organizations have joined forces to replicate the very successful PLF English and Computer program at Khnart Middle School. PLF has hired a ...
  • Year in Photos by Lori Carlson We are definitely running a little late on re-capping this year!  It was a veritable whirlwind of activity. A lot of new programs were lifted off at existing projects and a new school was brought on board. We are so grateful to our supporters near and far who believe in Ponheary’s vision and help ...
  • TEACHER BLOG: My Trip To Preah Vihear By Sosil I was really delighted and interested in my trip to Preah Vihear. First of all, I had a lot of fun during the time I was on my bus. All the buses left Siem Reap province at 6:00am. When we were on the buses, people sat on their seats. After the buses started to leave ...
  • On The Ground – Supporters and Volunteers PLF supporters on the ground here in Siem Reap not only get to spend time with students they also provide learning-focused activities so the benefit of the visit continues long past the volunteer’s flight home. Longer term volunteers pre-plan activities to ensure the students are getting the most out of the limited time the volunteers are ...
  • GET REAL: Knar Computer Lab By Lori Carlson The process for building a computer lab out in the countryside has a lot of moving parts and is filled with so many steps, that at many points we wonder if we’ll ever meet success. This has been especially true at Knar School, the last of PLF schools to get their computer lab. The ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Cooking  By Ratha Each family in society has cooking methods that differ from each other.  Each family has a different type of food that they like and that tastes different from each other. Moreover, the way things are cook are not the same. In my family my favourite food they like to eat, is boiled winter melon.  This ...
  • TEACHER BLOG: How do Scarecrows Work? By Saveth In Cambodia, we always use scarecrows to protect rice in the field when it becomes yellow or in the harvest season. So when I was young I would always see my dad trying to set them up in the rice field. The scarecrow helps to protect the rice from the birds, cows and any animals ...
  • Pedal Power Excitement! By Jacqui Rawson For PLF’s students, secondary and English Language schools are often many kilometres from their villages along dirt, red-dust roads.  The chance to experience this new transport adventure, exciting in itself, provides a journey towards betterment and growth in many ways. At the start of each new school year bicycles are awarded to all students ...
  • Fundraiser in Singapore By Jacqui Rawson Support for PLF comes in many forms; volunteering, teaching, donations, supply of materials and, this support comes from many different countries around the world. There are a steadfast husband and wife team, Seng Hock Lee and his wife Bee Leh, quietly working away behind the scenes in Singapore. They have been providing funds to ...
  • Food Bank by Lori Carlson PLF has a number of high school students who are from remote villages in the Province where school stops at grade 9. They get on the public taxi and come to the city to figure out a way to continue their education. They are alone, without the support of family and friends and ...
  • Update on Tchey Sports Program By Jamie Stafford 2014 was my 7th year coming back to Cambodia and volunteering at the PLF. Although it was a short visit, much was packed in, as always, and I came away yearning for a longer visit next summer. My visit began at Tchey School for an afternoon that will live long in my memory. After the ...
  • The Delight that is Summer School at Knar By Jacqui Rawson There is no squeal of delight as the school year comes to an end here in Cambodia.  Instead, of the 400 students at Knar school, about 120 arrived well ahead of start time on the first day of summer school and they keep turning up every day as summer progresses. A summer school ...
  • Caroline & Katie Volunteer Report PLF was excited to have the Stafford family with us again this summer. Here is Caroline and Katie’s report on their loom bracelet project.
  • Koh Ker Treks, Focused on Developing to Succeed. By Jacqui Rawson Koh Ker Treks is a recently established tourism enterprise set up for graduates of the Srayang dormitory in Koh Ker by the Ponheary Ly Foundation.  The graduates, Dieb and Ty lead the tours through Koh Ker, which is about 2 hours northwest of Siem Reap.   The tours are the first in their area, which ...
  • Globalteer Games – a Mini Olympics-Type Sporting Event By Jacqui Rawson PLF students joined a group of over 700 students from around Siem Reap who took part in this junior, mini olympics-type event over the weekend.  Run for the second year in a row, it was another resounding success because once again, the students had an absolute ball! Countries were chosen and represented by students ...
  • PLF Hosts First Leadership Conference By Jacqui Rawson The best sum-up of this conference came in a wonderfully unexpected way, when one of the attending students delivered an impromptu poem written by himself and delivered at the end of the event.  Delivered in a traditional Khmer way, the poem voiced what the students had learnt at the conference but it also ...
  • Doors are Open for Enrolment to Srayang’s First-Ever Public Technology Center! By Jacqui Rawson Ponheary Ly Foundation Canada recently hosted a community launch in Srayang of the new computer school, complete with inaugural speeches and cutting of the red ribbon. There was so much community anticipation of the event that the school’s first classes are fully booked and there is a waiting list of students eager to have ...
  • GET REAL: A Few Thoughts as I Move Back to the U.S. By Travis Thompson This August, I’ll be leaving my position in Cambodia with Ponheary Ly Foundation to move back to the United States. As I leave Cambodia, I want to reflect on my years with this incredible organization–the challenges, the triumphs, and the lessons learned are unmatched by anything else in my 31 years of life. When ...
  • New Operations Director Joins PLF Team By Travis Thompson As I prepare to move to the U.S., Lori, Ponheary and I couldn’t be more excited about the immediate future of Ponheary Ly Foundation.  A new day for the organization starts with the addition of Operations Director Jacqui Rawson. Jacqui landed in Cambodia in late June, but she’s no stranger to this corner of ...
  • Ponheary Ly Foundation Adds Fifth Public School By Travis Thompson For the first time in years, Ponheary Ly Foundation is adding an additional public school to its system. Romchek Primary School is a strategic addition as it’s close to Koh Ker Primary and Srayang Dormitory in Preah Vihear Province.  Situated just 15 kilometers from Koh Ker–where PLF has been involved with the public school ...
  • New Library Set to Enhance Koh Ker Primary School By Travis Thompson A big part of Ponheary Ly Foundation’s operation at Koh Ker Primary over the past eight years has involved the school’s library which has served many functions.  Now, it’s time for an exciting new day for the library, and in effect, the entire school and community. From the beginning of PLF’s involvement in Koh ...
  • A Toy Story: Legos Bring New Chapter to PLF Technology Program By Jacqui Rawson These old building blocks, around for almost 80 years have taken on new life in Ponheary Ly Foundation schools with an impressive link-up to technology. PLF students and teachers are loving this exciting program which brings a new way of teaching and learning technology. National Instruments, which partners with LEGO to make the software for the ...
  • TEACHER BLOG: My Take on PLF’s New Lego Program By Chhean Saveth, PLF Media Teacher For a long time, the children in Cambodia never knew “what is technology?” Especially the children in the countryside remote areas, they never played the toys or the remote control cars etc. All these things, I and other children never played before. But now at Tchey School we just had ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Respect Parents By Channa Our parents are the people who give us our life and are our first teachers.  When we were born we were  like a blank page of paper. Our parents are our first teachers who teach us to eat, to  walk and to speak. They are the people who always feed us until we grow ...
  • Ponheary Ly Foundation Grads Prepare to Open Town’s First Computer School By Travis Thompson Deep in the countryside of northwest Cambodia, two Srayang Dorm students are about to do what no one has done in their town before–open a computer school. Over the past few months, Srayang Dorm graduate Duon Phannak and Grade 9 student Neak Ravuth have joined forces with Ponheary Ly Foundation Canada to build the ...
  • TEACHER BLOG: The Importance of The New Media in Cambodia By Sokha Khoun Media can mean a lot to everybody in Cambodia. But, 14 months ago, Media meant only many questions to me. In October of 2012 I came to join the Ponheary Ly Foundation to train to be a Media teacher with Diana Gross from Global Citizen Media. I wrote my first blog post called “The Importance of ...
  • Knar School Set for Revolutionary Changes By Travis Thompson Ponheary Ly Foundation’s oldest school has been the most challenging in many ways, but now thanks to our supporters in Australia and at AMT Coffee, Knar Primary is gearing up for some huge leaps forward. In the beginning of PLF’s work with Knar School,  nighttime English classes operated on car batteries that powered small ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Modern Equipment, Dirty Environment By Sreymarch Previously, Cambodia did not have modern techniques for farming. For many years, farmers in Cambodia have used cows and water buffaloes to plow and harrow and drag the carts. To improve farming, modern equipment such as tractors can come from other countries. Many farmers want new farm equipment, but it is expensive and they cannot ...
  • Get Real: “Girls Can’t Do That Job” by Lori Carlson Last year in August two girls finished grade 12 with outstanding scores in Science and Math. They desperately wanted to go to college, but (on the advise of others) were about to head off into a course of study that a) wouldn’t benefit them financially in the long run and b) did not ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: A Trip To Siem Reap By Sreynith We are lucky to study media class. As we are students from a small village, we never go on any trips which are organized by the teacher. In 2013 I came to join media class with the Ponheary Ly Foundation. Students have opportunity to share our voice with the world and learn new thing about ...
  • PLF Launches Student Counseling Unit By Travis Thompson Throughout decades of war, genocide, and conflict, social work has been virtually absent from Cambodia.  Now, Ponheary Ly Foundation is adding a student counseling unit to the organization, joining other professionals who are bringing this line of work back to the country. From the beginning of PLF in 2001, when Ponheary and her family were ...
  • The News That Didn’t Fit By Lori Carlson During the last few months we’ve had loads of activity at all schools that didn’t make “the news”, so here’s a smattering of photos from the 1,000 small things that happened in the last few months, every one of them important in their own right.  So many students, so much progress….so little time to ...
  • Get Real: PLF Finances 2013 By Lori Carlson Another year has come to a close and with it come the joys of IRS reporting. The best part of all these spreadsheets that have occupied my every brain cell for the last 30 days, is the rare opportunity to let these numbers tell me stories about how we’ve grown, how we haven’t, ...
  • Get Real: A Sign of the Times By Lori Carlson Before there was the Ponheary Ly Foundation, there was only Ponheary Ly, a school teacher-turned tour guide who witnessed first hand the harmful impact of tourism on the children in her country and took it in her hands to try and do something about it. She did her best to steer children away ...
  • TEACHER BLOG: Cambodia’s Sports By Saveth Chhean  In Cambodia sport is not popular yet because a lot of people they don’t think that sport is important to them. They do not get any money from sport. Presently we have around 40% of the people who like sport but if they want to play, they have to spend money. They like volleyball ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Lost Opportunities To Study In Cambodia By Maly I am a student studying Grade 8. In school I have the chance to study and learn about the languages Khmer, Japanese, and English. I also study computers, the World Wide Web, Internet and Social Media but I have friends who don’t study at all. They think they do not have time to learn but ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Feeding The Fish In My Village By Sreymarch In my village there are lots of jobs that the people are doing such as: the farming, plant the vegetable, feed the animals, teachers, moto driver. Then repair the house, repair of the car and motorcycle and selling fish. These are the jobs in my village. Nowadays we have a farmer feeding the fish ...
  • PLF Supporters Fund Public Teacher Salary Subsidies for a Year By Travis Thompson For the first time in Ponheary Ly Foundation’s history, supporter Jean Geoghegan and her friends, colleagues, and family in Ireland have made it possible to fund, en masse, the salaries of all 24 of our Khmer public school classroom teachers at two schools.  This is a huge accomplishment for PLF which has never found ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Young Girls In My Village By Seiha Kok Snoul Village is not far away from Siem Reap town, maybe 10km. Many children do not go to school. One reason they do not study is because parents have less money for children to go to school and parents look to economic benefits of children working as construction workers because they can make ...
  • PLF Opens Siem Reap Boys’ House By Travis Thompson It’s been a dream for years, and now PLF has opened a place for our high school boy students who are living away from their village (and their families) and who are literally homeless and without support. They come to the city from isolated villages whose schools stop at grade 9, in pursuit ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: The Lack Of Study Materials By Seiha In the past, Cambodia lacked many study materials. It is best when the government help students to be prepared for school with all of the supplies they need. Sometimes students lack a required uniform or books and their families are not able to buy them. Some of the material schools in Cambodia lack are: teachers, ...
  • TEACHER BLOG: The Roots of the Problems in Cambodia By Saveth Chhean  I was born in Kley village, Chreybak commune, Roleabhear district, Kompong Chnang province in January 1st 1977. At that time in Cambodia, we still had the civil war between Khmer army and Khmer Rouge army. Because of this, when I was 13 years old, many children in my village had no education. Instead, they ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Technology in Cambodia By Ratanak Hok Technologies in the world, it has many for all people use such as: Mobile Phone, Computer, other machine. The technology is necessary for us. In America, England, Japan, Korea, Singapore and all western countries have strong technology. And all of those countries give support to other countries that are developing and countries that ...
  • PLF Supporters Run into a Freezing Ocean to Raise Thousands in Ireland By Travis Thompson Sometimes PLF supporters make a big splash in their attempt to help our students, but nothing quite like Jean Geoghegan, her family, and friends did.   In late December off the coast of  their homeland, Ireland, in weather just two degrees above freezing, Jean’s son Ruairi organized a polar swim with his friends who ...
  • ADVOCATE BLOG: Two Weeks Off the Grid at Koh Ker Primary By Victoria Balenger, PLF Advocate who spent two weeks living in Koh Ker and Srayang It’s Sunday in Cambodia, and I wanted to write, as it’s been quite the few days. Last week at breakfast at the guesthouse there was a couple from Colorado who had graduated from college last June, and they asked me what ...
  • What You Made Possible in 2013 In Ponheary Ly Foundation’s biggest year yet, you allowed us to reach our students in ways we never imagined before.  Thank you, yes we mean YOU, for all you did last year.  Here are some of the ways you changed our students’ world in 2013.
  • STUDENT BLOG: Prepare for the Spelling B By Sothy This is an event that the students at Chey School prepare for the competition for the SPELLING B. They are very excited about that event. Because that is a new game and it also a competition to find who is the best spelling too. However there is so short time to practice the words ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: My Life at Srayang Dorm My name is Ravouth. I am 18 years old. I live at the Srayang Dorm in  Srayang Commune at  Preah Vihear Province, 3 hours north of Siem Reap. I live with my housemother, my friends and Torsten. I study here where I have a lot of implements for study. We eat three meals a day and stay ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Accidents in Cambodia By Reasey Year by year many people are killed by traffic accidents on the roads in Cambodia. Traffic accidents are the most common types of accidents in Cambodia. They have made us so scared that we wonder why they don’t try to reduce traffic accidents. It isn’t difficult to reduce them but if the people respected the ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Learning Outside of Class By Sothy Students not only learn in their class and from the teacher, but they also learn from other people. It is more opportunity to get a variety of knowledge such as working in groups, by researching, or joining the debate. All of these concepts are very necessary for improving our general knowledge. Since some students like ...
  • Exciting New PLF Programs Begin with Opening of School Year By Travis Thompson As Ponheary Ly Foundation opened its schools for this academic year, it launched a host of new programs never seen before in these areas of the country. More than 2,000 students total turned out for opening day at the schools.  During that time PLF did what it’s done since Ponheary started her work in ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Farmers In My Village By Piseth Most people in my village are farmers. They grow rice and vegetables. Most of them grow rice once a year, but some of them twice a year. In summer, some of them grow vegetables and some others work as construction workers. In Cambodia there are two seasons, dry and rainy seasons. They work very hard. ...
  • PLF Scholarship Update: 50 New Students Funded! By Travis Thompson The worldwide PLF family did it!  We’ve now officially brought in 50 new students to our upper-secondary scholarship program this year, and as of today, all of them are funded to go to public school. As we’re beginning to get better, and more, data on our students, we’re seeing that it’s impossible to overstate ...
  • GET REAL: Election Unrest and Flooding Create Massive School Hurdles “Get Real” will be a regular post from Ponheary, Lori or Travis about real challenges we face daily in the operation of Ponheary Ly Foundation. By Travis Thompson, PLF Executive Director Since mid-July we’ve been up against some of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced in terms of getting school information about our students. We knew the election ...
  • PLF Supporter Crosses United States on Bicycle, Raising Thousands By Travis Thompson A recent university grad just completed an epic 3,500-mile bicycle ride across the United States raising thousands of dollars for Ponheary Ly Foundation. Adam Pawlikiewicz graduated from William and Mary this year, then wasted no time, hitting the road—a road that took him alone by bicycle from Colorado to Florida in 54 days.  He ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Salary Not Equal the Life By Nary Chun In my village, most people have many problems with the economics of their family. For example, the salary of working and the spending every day is not equal for them, which makes those families faced with  less food to support themselves. It also affects to their health, education, and work. For my family my ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Protecting Our School Environment By Seryvuth The last two years I was a student in grade 6 in Chey School. I am a student in high school now, but I still study in Chey School too, for computers and English. Tchey is very beautiful school and we have to care and do not destroy the environment or the equipment in ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Flooding In Cambodia By Thavy  During the year of the 2013, in the rainy season, the water is higher than the other year because of the natural disaster such as too much rain, storm, and flooding. Based on this reason, it makes many provinces in Cambodia flood. It is naturally that the world gets the natural disaster, but this year ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Learning a Second Language By Reaksa Most of the countries in the world have their own language. However, some of these countries speak many languages such as the U.S.A. which is a very cosmopolitan country as the people who live there come from many different countries and speak different languages, but the most common language of the U.S.A. is English. ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: My Field Trip By Visarl Last week my friends and I visited some temples surrounding Siem Reap Province. I have learned a lot about the temples, like history, how people built the temples to dedicate to other people, and the structure of the temples as well. For the temples we visited Angkor Wat, Bantay Srey, and Choa Srey Vibol ...
  • ADVOCATE BLOG: Working with Koh Ker Students to Help Start a Trekking Business By Caroline Stafford The summer of 2013 marked my fourth year in Cambodia volunteering for The Ponheary Ly Foundation (PLF). Amongst the whirlwind of things we aimed to accomplish, perhaps the most meaningful, was working with two PLF students from Koh Ker village to help launch their idea for a business: adventure treks for tourists in ...
  • GET REAL: Knar School’s Epic Turnaround “Get Real” will be a regular post from Ponheary, Lori or Travis about real challenges we face daily in the operation of Ponheary Ly Foundation. By Travis Thompson, PLF Executive Director In the past year, the school Ponheary Ly Foundation has been at the longest, but where the organization has faced the ugliest challenges, has turned a ...
  • ADVOCATE BLOG: PLF’s First Careers Fair By Caroline Stafford This summer marked my 4th in Cambodia volunteering with the PLF. Among the various ways we set out to help this year, perhaps the most challenging-well at least logistically- was the launch of the first ever PLF Careers Fair. The purpose of the fair held over several days was to give graduating and ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Increasing the English and Computer Programs By Sothy There are so many students who are supported by Ponheary Ly Foundation, who come to attend the English class at Chey, as the result, the classes are increasing more and more. In the past, the English class at Chey teaches only the primary students, however, the students in grade 7, 8, and 9 can ...
  • Srayang Dorm Grads Become First from Village to Have Career Opportunities By Travis Thompson Ponheary Ly Foundation’s first graduates from Koh Ker Primary and Srayang Dorm are preparing to do something no one in their families or villages has ever done–enter the next phase of their lives with new opportunities for work and education.  It’s a step filled with promise, but a lot of uncertainty. Of the eight ...
  • Srayang Dormitory Grad Selected for Siem Reap Cooking School By Travis Thompson One of Ponheary Ly Foundation’s first graduates from Srayang Dorm has become part of an elite group selected for a Siem Reap cooking school. Chou Sreymao finished Grade 9 in Srayang in July 2013.  She’s facing the same daunting situation all of her peers face—what to do about her future in a place with ...
  • First PLF Grads Highlight Success of Programs By Travis Thompson These Ponheary Ly Foundation students, some of the first to graduate the program, have gone on to exceed our greatest hopes. Only a very small group of Cambodia’s brightest students are able to go on to study past high school in university, and an even smaller number go on to study at university in ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: My Favorite Computer Games By Sereyvuth Games have the advantages for people who like to play. There are many kinds of game that people can enjoy in the Internet. I am really interested in the two games below because they give me a lot of advantages. NAME OF GAME: Hangman WEBSITE: http://www.primarygames.com/langarts/hangman/ . DESCRIPTION: It is word game that helps you learn English vocabulary and spelling. . HOW ...
  • Get Real: Our New Volunteer Program “Get Real” will be a regular post from Ponheary, Lori or Travis about real challenges we face daily in the operation of Ponheary Ly Foundation. By Travis Thompson, PLF Executive Director A large part of my role in Cambodia is overseeing the Ponheary Ly Foundation volunteer program, which, lately has involved making some big changes to reflect ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: The Power of Media Class By Sal Chamroeun In addition to teaching Microsoft Office at Chey School, I also am a student in the PLF Media class. I study media with nine other students from nearby villages.  It isn’t easy for us to study about the internet system and many electronic services, but these lessons are very interesting for us. We prefer ...
  • ADVOCATE BLOG: Family from Hawaii Recounts Day with PLF By Scott Obley, PLF Advocate  Friday, July 19 was the day I was in search of. A conundrum for my psyche. A virtual knockout blow to my generally self-absorbed world view, which I am well aware of, but very rarely confronted with. Today was a day of realizing that no good deed goes unpunished, because no ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Google! By Thavy This is my research about Google.  The company is a business in the United States of America. Google’s name comes from the number Google which is 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Google, the most popular search engine, was made in March, 1996 as a research project by Larry  Page and Sergey Brin, students at Stanford ...
  • ADVOCATE BLOG: Look What She Did! By Sarah Gordon, PLF Advocate Next month, I am traveling with my family to Cambodia for what started out as simply a vacation. When I learned we would be staying at a B&B run by Ponheary Ly, I became interested in her foundation and the work it does. At first I thought that meeting her would ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Cambodia Mother and Baby By Veasna This photographic series shows an intimate look into the life of a Cambodian mother and baby. The mother is a friend of my mother. When I was given the photographic series assignment in Media II class, I wanted to photograph my mother’s friend and her baby to show that in Cambodia we take care ...
  • Knar School Set to Launch Exciting New Programs By Travis Thompson Since the beginning of 2013, Knar Primary School has shown tremendous improvement in its capacity to take on new projects.  So, Ponheary Ly Foundation is ramping up programs at the school in these exciting ways. The center of the launch of new programs will be the school’s library which underwent cosmetic improvements in June ...
  • Get Real: What’s the Value of Volunteers? “Get Real” will be a regular post from Ponheary, Lori or Travis about real challenges we face daily in the operation of Ponheary Ly Foundation. By Lori Carlson, PLF President Over time, my opinions about what “charity” or “giving back” means, have evolved. In general I think even the language we use to talk about “giving a ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Science Takes Off at Tchey School By Sothy On 11 June 2013, the volunteers came to teach the science in my English class. These are good opportunities for my students, who were able to learn and get more knowledge with the scientists. It was useful for them to learn and find out about this project. Moreover, they enjoyed this program very much, ...
  • PLF Urban Lab to Expand Courses By Lori Carlson Media Instructor Sotheara Ly has chosen two of her graduates from the Urban Lab to attend accounting classes and study Quickbooks so that next school year, PLF can offer courses in Quickbooks with basic accounting to our urban students. Both students, Thai Sreynith and Dieb Tevy, have begun classes at The Institute of Professional ...
  • The Importance of Digital Media Digital in Cambodia By Sokha Khoun, Media teacher.  I had joined the Ponheary Ly Foundation media class on the  5th of November 2012.  It was my first time to go to a digital media class. I walked inside the classroom and said hello to Diana Gross and her six students. I was so nervous to talk to the ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Friendship By Nary All people in this world have to have a lot of connections to many people around them and connections between neighbors, co-workers, or in their studies. The word “friendship” is not just to refer to the connection between people. It is to refer to respect and help each other and do not think about if ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: My First Feel for Computer Class By Sal Chamroeun In 2011, I began to study English with the support of the Ponheary Ly Foundation. In July, I had an exam for my English class. After this I got a certificate from the PLF and I have traveled to Kulen Mountain with foreigner in PLF. After this time, maybe a few months later, ...
  • PLF Urban Computer Lab Students Celebrate Big Milestones By Travis Thompson Twenty students who’ve spent months studying in Ponheary Ly Foundation’s urban computer lab in Siem Reap graduated Sunday. For many of the students, the coursework involved mastering Microsoft Word.  Others completed several courses more including Microsoft Excel and Power Point.  The courses are taught by Ponheary’s sister, Sotheara Ly who created the Khmer textbook ...
  • PLF Reaches Out to New Eco-Tourism Project By Travis Thompson Ponheary Ly Foundation launched an English-teaching program for the staff of a new eco-tourism company in a community facing huge obstacles.   The entire village is now dependent on tourism after authorities took their rice farms.Baray Reach Dak is a village inside the Angkor temple complex and includes a lake and ancient temples. ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: The Chance to Get the Knowledge from the Other Countries By Sothy Many students who study have different goals. For example, some of the students want to get jobs, which follow their abilities, earn a lot of money, develop the country, or work as a volunteer. They think of the different ways about their jobs and their goals. Before we go to all of these jobs, we sacrifice ...
  • GUEST BLOG: A is for Adjutant By Jolly Zhou Today I took my first field trip in more than 10 years, along with Grade 6 students from Koh Ker School. We visited the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), the first nature conservation centre in Cambodia, located near Kbal Spean. I loved that like me as a child, these students ...
  • PLF Hits the Ground Running as Scholarship Program Skyrockets By Travis Thompson Armed with iPads, the PLF student media team has been in the field, shooting bio videos of dozens of Grade 9 students who might be able to continue secondary school on PLF scholarships if the program can find support from corporations, businesses and family foundations abroad. The PLF scholarship program will grow by at ...
  • UPDATE: Through My Eyes By Sopha Pech Have a look at some updates on Sopha’s post about his recreations of famous still life art. UPDATE May 19, 2013 (by Lori Carlson) Sopha has been continuing his work recreating his favorite still life pieces, using more Cambodian-centric items. Have a look at his “Sunflowers” addition: “Vincent Van Gogh is the sad artist in the ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Fishing in Cambodia By Sdey Cambodia is a place that has many kinds of lakes and rivers. One special lake is Tonle Sap Lake. There are many kinds of fish like sea fish and fish in the lake and sometimes from rivers too. The fish from the Tonle Sap Lake supply food for almost all of the people in ...
  • GUEST BLOG: A Note from Srayang Volunteer Torsten Tabel By Torsten Tabel I am writing as a volunteer at Srayang Dormitory. I would just like to share my experience and send thanks to all that are a part of this project, to all who assist in making the project happen by a one time or many times donation. I have the fortunate opportunity to see ...
  • Knar Students Light Up with Creativity in Solar Lamp Contest By Travis Thompson Students at Knar Primary School are seeing things in a whole new light after practicing their art skills in a contest that ended with PLF awarding dozens of cutting-edge, hand-held solar lamps. PLF staff and Knar School Librarian Kong Kaoun asked the primary school students–all of whom live in areas with little to no ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: The Distance I Travel to English Class By Rakyut Learning English is really important for people in Cambodia who want to communicate with people around the world. Nowadays, I learn English at the Future Bright International School, which is located in the middle of Siem Reap town. I start the English class from 5pm until 7:10 pm. It is 16 kilometers from my ...
  • Srayang Dorm Students Dive Into Environmental Ed By Travis Thompson Cambodian environmentalists from Siem Reap headed three hours into the forest surrounding Srayang Dorm to help PLF students better understand Mother Nature. The 32 students living at the dorm (supported by PLF Canada) learned how to identify the bird species living in the protected forest areas surrounding their home, where many of the birds ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Farming in My Village By Visarl A long time ago the people in my village and other places in the Cambodian countryside needed to have an occupation that could support their families. They started to do farming in their farms, a heritage from their ancestors. The people in my village need to grow crops that are important to other countries and ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Asking Questions Leads to Knowledge By Sothy Some Cambodian students are afraid to ask the questions or force out their opinion to other people. It might be difficult if you are a teacher and you teach the students but they do not say what they do not know or understand. It usually happens with small groups of people who are under ...
  • Ponheary: My Impression of Our U.S. Trip By Ponheary Ly I have visited a few European Countries such as Russia, France and Belgium. At that time I had no idea to admire thing around me, I was only focused on studying. The US trip made me admire things around me. I loved all cities I’d been to. New York is beautiful.  The first impression for ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Google Maps of Cambodia By Bunpha If you are very hot and want to be cool, you can go to Baray to swim, sleep, eat and relax your friends. DESTINATION: Baray Resevoir LOCATION: 12 km from Siem Reap by road 6 DESCRIPTION Baray is a Reservoir near Siem Reap. Baray was built in the 11th century by King Suryavaman I and finished later by ...
  • Thanks to Angkor Holiday Hotel By Lori Carlson Many thanks go out to our friends at Angkor Holiday Hotel, who have been keeping us supplied with gently used towels, sheets and face cloths.The last load of linens was distributed to the 37 girls and teachers at Angkor High School Dorm (NGO2) and also to the 32 students at the dormitory at ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Challenges of Teaching Computers By Chamroeun I am a graduate student in Bantey Srey High School, which is in SiemReap Province, Cambodia. Nowadays I am continuing my education in USEA (University of South-East Asia). I am really interested in technology, so I chose the Information Technology as my subject. While I am studying, I also work as a computer teach at ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: The Economy of Chey Village By Pon Sdey My village name is Chey, is a big village, and it is located in Puck District, Siem Reap province, Cambodia. It has many houses and many people live there. It is close to the National Road 6, which makes it easy for people to visit. The distance from Siem Reap to my village ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: A Trip to The 1961 Gallery Photo Exhibition By Chenda and Reasey On Friday 01st March 2013 at 6:00pm the van picked us at Chey School to join the Documenting Cambodia at Siem Reap, Cambodia. We went to the The 1961 Gallery to attend the Opening Night of the photo exhibition ”Documenting Cambodia”. We saw many photos that were made by the Foreign and Cambodian photographers. ...
  • New PLF Student Documentary Hits the International Screen By Travis Thompson The Ponheary Ly Foundation has released its latest student-made documentary which captures the struggle for education of girl students at the Srayang Dormitory.  The documentary debuted at an international film festival in Cambodia and at locations across the United States. PLF high school students Reasey Mi, Chenda Sout and Nary Chun who studied at ...
  • STUDENT BLOG: Students Need More Research Opportunities By Sothy Soun Cambodian students need a lot of books and documents to do research to improve our knowledge. Unfortunately, during the Khmer Rouge all of the important documents were lost. The Khmer Rouge destroyed schools, pagodas, hospitals, roads, and almost all of the libraries. Our important history documents were in these libraries. Especially, the libraries ...
  • Eleven Students Who Need Your Support By Travis Thompson Ponheary Ly Foundation works with many students who have specific needs in their day-to-day lives. Thanks to our donors, we’re able to meet most of these needs.  But, this list shows students and teachers who are still waiting for donor support.  If you’re looking to make a big difference, your donation to support ...
  • An Epic PLF Fundraiser: 10,000 Miles Across South America! By Travis Thompson Two long-time Ponheary Ly Foundation supporters are at it again, making a 10,000-mile journey in a classic car to benefit PLF students in Cambodia.  This time they’ll drive from one of the southernmost cities in the world across daunting terrain in five countries of South America. PLF supporters Adrian and Barbara Shooter from the ...
  • PLF Student Documentary to Debut at International Film Festival By Travis Thompson The PLF student media team is set to premiere their latest documentary, “Sunflowers of Srayang” at an international film festival in the first days of February. The student team has been working months to write, shoot, and edit “Sunflowers of Srayang” which chronicles Cambodian girls’ struggle to obtain an education in one rural village. ...
  • Eyes Open & PLF: Addressing Food Insecurity by Gillian White Claudia Komminoth, the co-founder of Eyes Open, an organization located in Switzerland, visited us about a month ago to check out PLF’s work. By the time she headed back to Berne, a partnership between Eyes Open and the PLF had been forged. After several visits to Knar and Koh Ker, Claudia deemed food ...
  • New Video: Take a Ride on These Wheels By Travis Thompson For the first time, you can follow a PLF student on their bike for a day (condensed into a few minutes) and see exactly the kind of terrain they have to endure.  Check out this handlebar-camera video. The average Ponheary Ly Foundation student has to travel at least a few kilometers to get to ...
  • Please Buy in Cambodia! by Gillian White Volunteers often ask us, what should we bring(?), wanting to know if they can get various writing materials and art supplies in Cambodia. PLF realizes that for many volunteers, this may be their first time in Cambodia, maybe even their first time in a ‘developing’ country. And thus, we understand that these questions are ...
  • Koh Ker Village’s First Secondary School Graduate by Gillian White Last week, PLF went to Koh Ker to host a lunch for the primary school students. That day, we also held a small ceremony for Saren, our first graduate from the Srayang dormitory. By finishing grade 9, Saren is the first person from Koh Ker village to finish secondary school, a tremendous achievement ...
  • Internet Brings a New World to Tchey School By Travis Thompson The Ponheary Ly Foundation’s tech ed program took a giant leap forward this December as crews installed the World Wide Web at Tchey School.  PLF students are part of a very small group—only about 3% of Cambodians currently use the internet. Since launching the internet at Tchey, only students in PLF media classes have ...
  • PLF Current Sponsorship Needs By Travis Thompson Ponheary Ly Foundation works with many students who have specific needs in their day-to-day lives. Thanks to our donors, we’re able to meet most of these needs.  But, this list shows students and teachers who are still waiting for donor support. Currently, two of our best teachers at Knar School need donor support for ...
  • Computer Lab Launched at Srayang Dormitory By Travis Thompson The Ponheary Ly Foundation took a huge step forward in its technology education program as it installed a computer lab at its most remote school, giving students who’ve never touched a computer access to a world of new information. Led by PLF’s lead technology teacher, Sotheara Ly, the team installed three new desktop computers ...
  • PLF’s Diana Gross Awarded National Geographic Traveler of the Year By Travis Thompson We’re beaming with pride after PLF’s Director of Instructional Technology Diana Gross was recognized in the international spotlight. She’s followed her dream with great success and now she’s helping our students realize theirs, all the while bridging the world’s digital divide. Diana’s worldwide teaching project began last year and took her to a handful ...
  • Student Media Team Launches into Documentary Projects By Travis Thompson The Ponheary Ly Foundation student media team from Tchey School, led by PLF Media Education Directors Sokha Khoun and Diana Gross, is spending the week at our most remote school location to begin shooting documentaries.The student media team members have worked for weeks to prepare their plan for shooting video, conducting interviews and ...
  • Easy Ways You Can Fundraise for Ponheary Ly Foundation By Gillian White We know our donors can only give so much. But, we also know many of you have large networks of family, friends, and co-workers who may be interested in helping boost and expand PLF projects.  Check out these fundraising ideas that anyone can do wherever they are in the world. Have you ever considered ...
  • PLF Media Students Collaborate with Bloggers from Across Asia By Travis Thompson Ponheary Ly Foundation media students jumped into a jackpot of tech ideas at BlogFest 2012.  The event posed a perfect opportunity for PLF students to learn from other tech savvy people from across Asia. More than 200 bloggers from Southeast Asian nations converged on Siem Reap for the third annual event that started in ...
  • Join Our Force, Let’s Keep Kids in School By Travis Thompson Our amazing donors have helped us award nearly 100 scholarships for secondary school students.  Still, a handful of PLF students remain in need of a scholarship. Without your help, they may face challenges that force them to leave school. Below are the students who were waiting on a scholarship, but have since been funded ...
  • Tchey School Gets Tech Savvy, Major Changes Underway By Travis Thompson The Ponheary Ly Foundation’s new tech team at Tchey School began rolling out significant improvements by adding five brand new computers to the lab.  This is only the beginning of exciting new programs we’re launching at the lab this school year because of your support. The five new computers bring the total number  at ...
  • Three Questions: Sotheara Ly By Gillian White Sotheara is our IT instructor at our computer lab in Siem Reap. She’s also Ponheary’s sister.  She has been deaf since the age of 14 but has never let this get in her way, teaching herself how to use computers and run a computer lab. She currently leads daily classes, teaching PLF students ...
  • Nearly 100 High Schoolers Receive PLF Scholarships! By Gillian White Nearly 100 students are either heading to 10th grade or continuing in grades 11 and 12 this year due to our generous scholarship donors. With your help, we’re doing our part to change the ugly national high school graduation rate.   We’ve conducted interviews over the past few months to determine need and ...
  • The Land Down Under Plans to Boost PLF Reach By Travis Thompson Amazing folks from Down Under are preparing to expand our reach to more of Cambodia’s poorest students.  Hop on board, Ponheary Ly Foundation Australia is taking off. For years volunteers and supporters from Australia have spent countless hours on the ground in Cambodia with the PLF.  Just this month we’ll be hosting more than ...
  • Our Favorite Time of the Year: Back to School! By Travis Thompson Throughout the past eight days The Ponheary Ly Foundation team has been in the field distributing supplies and bikes to students at the public schools we support.  See our journeys in pictures and numbers. By the Numbers Pictures From Our Week Knar School Koh Ker School Tchey School (This was opening day.  Bikes and supplies distribution day ...
  • Mapping a Massive Week at PLF By Travis Thompson The first week of October will have Ponheary and the PLF team criss-crossing northwest Cambodia as we head to some of the most rural and poor areas of the country to deliver school supplies.  We’ll be running up the miles over a seven day period. These awesome maps show you where we’re headed. We’ll ...
  • Big Changes Improve Tchey School Computer Lab by Gillian White Big projects are underway with our computer programs in preparation for the return of students on October 1st. Our computer teacher, Sotheara Ly, who has been teaching at our Siem Reap lab for the last year, has led our improvement of the Tchey School computer lab. She’s updated Microsoft Office, the Khmer typing ...
  • Let’s Roll! Major Preps for Opening Day By Travis Thompson Ponheary and the PLF team hit the ground running this weekend—we’re down to the wire for opening day at schools across rural northwest Cambodia. At Tchey School, PLF team members measured hundreds of students for uniforms, arranged for them to have their PLF bikes fixed or replaced, and updated our rosters.  We’ve only got ...
  • In Their Own Voices: The Back to School Challenge By Gillian White Every year PLF provides access to public education for more than 2,000 kids who are living in rural poverty.  The students understand the statistics are stacked against them, even finishing ninth grade can be difficult for a lot of students.But, with a little help from our friends, we can create a better tomorrow.  ...
  • Biggest Supply Delivery in Ponheary Ly Foundation History By Travis Thompson More than a dozen PLF team members muscled through the day, unloading a giant truck filled with more than 100,000 school supplies.  The pencils, notebooks, uniforms, folders, bags and more will ensure our students across northwest Cambodia can go to public school. We deliver classroom supplies, including uniforms, to our 2,500 students at the ...
  • Cheers to the U.K. with a New Way to Give By Travis Thompson We’ve just sealed a pretty sweet deal for people in the United Kingdom who make a donation to The Ponheary Ly Foundation.  People or companies from the U.K. can now make a one-time or recurring donation by going to our brand new U.K. page powered by Virgin Money Giving.  It’s specifically made for ...
  • Expanding Tech Ed to our Most Remote Areas By Travis Thompson We’re gearing up to give students in some of the most rural areas of Cambodia access to technology. And, to do that, we’re turning to some of our best tech teachers—our students. Six days a week we offer intensive Microsoft Office courses at our Siem Reap computer lab for teachers and students from local ...
  • Donor Awesomeness: 10,000 Miles for Cambodia’s Future By Travis Thompson Volunteers and donors often say Cambodia and The Ponheary Ly Foundation stick with them.  PLF volunteers Adrian and Barbara Shooter were so impacted by their experience with us that they went the extra mile, make that 10,000 miles from East Asia to Europe by car, to raise money for our schools. The shooters drove ...
  • The Great Wall of Knar Primary School By Travis Thompson PLF Volunteers Lesley Knight and Michaela Eaton-Kent inspired some of our primary school students to imagine, then design these walls at Knar School in rural Siem Reap Province. Students opened their minds to boundless creativity; they thought of everything you see .  These are the first two walls of four that we’re making ...
  • PLF Computer Course Produces New Grads By Travis Thompson Seven students and a Cambodian teacher reached a big achievement this week when they graduated from computer classes at the Ponheary Ly Foundation.  Students from Knar, Tchey, and Angkor High School, as well as Knar’s English teacher, mastered Microsoft Word and Excel in classes led by PLF’s resident computer guru Sotheara Ly.  The ...
  • Volunteer Helps Prep Girls’ Shelter for Monsoons By Travis Thompson PLF volunteer David Mintz from the United States picked up tools and went to work with students at a girls’ shelter in Siem Reap. The crew started construction on a small bridge that will help students who live there get from the road to their rooms during annual monsoon floods.  Last year, at ...
  • Tchey Classrooms Get a Facelift By Travis Thompson The PLF crew has been covered in yellow paint lately.  We’re giving Tchey Primary School’s classrooms a new look. Our work rolled out thanks to the overwhelming response to this PLF Facebook post: We’re making the classrooms a little brighter with yellow walls instead of white.   Students will be back starting next month.  Check ...
  • The Quest to Qualify Students for Scholarships By Travis Thompson During the past few weeks our team has been interviewing dozens of students and their families who live in the villages surrounding Tchey School and Angkor High School in Siem Reap Province. The interviews are continuing the work started by students from the Eugene Lang College at the New School in New York.  We’ve ...
  • Srayang Trip with the Boys of the Tchey Media Team by Gillian White Last week, the PLF trekked out to Srayang and Koh Ker with PLF Canada’s Patti Shedden and Greg Nelson and PLF Australia’s Jane Dinnison. There, Patti and Greg took plenty of photos and video of the students in order to further document the Koh Ker kid’s stories. A big party was held for the ...
  • A First-time Volunteer’s Report By Marlene Trenerry When I stepped off the plane in Siem Reap I was quite apprehensive, not only was it the first time I had embarked on this type of volunteer work but I was traveling on my own for a total of seven weeks. Firstly, about 7 Candles Guesthouse, again being on my own, I was ...
  • Tchey School Media Workshops: Video In partnership with the PLF, a group of seven students from the Eugene Lang College at the New School in NYC spent five weeks conducting various innovative projects at PLF sponsored schools. Below is a write up from a media lab project, carried out by Jika Gonzalez and Barrett Hawes. Overall Workshop Strategy With basic video skills ...
  • Permaculture with Lang In partnership with the PLF, a group of eight students from the Eugene Lang College at the New School in NYC spent five weeks conducting various innovative projects at PLF sponsored schools. Below is a write up from a gardening project, carried out by Noah Strouse. This project, carried out at the Tchey school over the ...
  • Lang at the Bamboo Shoot Dormitory In partnership with the PLF, a group of eight students from the Eugene Lang College at the New School in NYC spent five weeks conducting various innovative projects at PLF sponsored schools. Below is a write up from a female empowerment and leadership workshop held at the Bamboo Shoot Dorm in Siem Reap, carried out ...
  • Science with Lang In partnership with the PLF, a group of seven students from the Eugene Lang College at the New School in NYC spent five weeks conducting various innovative projects at PLF sponsored schools. Below is a letter to a prospective volunteer regarding a science project, carried out by Christina Hiras. Dear Perspective Volunteer, The process of preparing for ...
  • Lang in the Media Lab In partnership with the PLF, a group of seven students from the Eugene Lang College at the New School in NYC spent five weeks conducting various innovative projects at PLF sponsored schools. Below is a write up from a media lab project, carried out by Jika Gonzalez. This summer I had the chance to observe and ...
  • Lang Begins Scholarship Interviews In partnership with the PLF, a group of seven students from the Eugene Lang College at the New School in NYC spent five weeks conducting various innovative projects at PLF sponsored schools. Below is a write up from an ethnographic project, carried out by Ashley Vidal and Kristen Turner. For four weeks, we, two American university ...
  • Hands on History: Grade 4 Sometimes volunteers and/or tourists organize field trips for groups of 20 students from one of the three schools. We start with grade 6 and work our way backwards through the ranks during the school year. We were very happy to get down into the fourth graders this year; that marks a record number of field ...
  • Water Safety Course at Tchey By Jack Reynolds During the summer of 2012, I returned to Cambodia for the third year to volunteer at the Ponheary Ly Foundation (PLF).  I traveled with my close friend, Jamie Stafford, and the rest of his family.  As a group, we would be responsible for helping the foundation across a range of areas.  In previous ...
  • Tchey Media Team Covers Global Float Dance The first Global Float Dance was held in Siem Reap and 25 other places in the world in July. The Tchey Media Team has just been learning about the ways in which social media can be used to share ideas and mobilize people, so PLF transported them to Siem Reap from the countryside to document ...
  • Srayang Students Achieve High Class Rankings Congratulations to the students in grade 7, 8 and 9 at the Srayang Secondary School Dormitory who have come out on the top rankings of their class! Out of 61 students our seventh graders all ranked in the top 3rd of their class. Regardless of ranking, we find it very satisfying that all of the ...
  • Chey Soccer Team, Year 2 By Jamie Stafford The summer of 2012 was my fourth year as a volunteer for the Ponheary Ly Foundation. Last year, my focus was on establishing the first ever football (soccer) team for Chey School. This year I returned with several objectives in mind: to check progress, review budget and spend for the year, help kick-off ...
  • Lights! Camera! Action!~ by Caroline Stafford This July was my third year working with the Ponheary Ly Foundation. I wanted to fuse my passion for theatre and the performing arts, so I asked Ponheary if we could try a first ever theatre event with students at Chey School. Researching appropriate scripts turned out to be surprisingly challenging. I wanted ...
  • Emily Hariton: First Volunteer at the Srayang Dormitory Emily Hariton is the first volunteer to stay at the Srayang Dormitory for 9 days to work full time with the students. Read about her personal experiences with the students. July 10, 2012 by Emily Hariton, PLF Volunteer My experience  at Srayang was the culmination of not only my previous volunteering in Siem Reap, but also personal work ...
  • Emi & Katie Wrap Up Art Classes at Tchey School July 5, 2012 By Surya Ry, PLF Intern Volunteers Emily and Katie recently finished a two-week session of teaching an art class at the Tchey School. Both worked with about 20 students in grade 5 divided into two 1 hour long classes. Emi and Katie used their background in working with younger children and developed a program focused on ...
  • Media Lab Takes First Place in Goodtube Competition Last night at 2am we received notification from Goodtube that Soy Sen and his team had won the Goodtube Spring Video Competition. Their submission, entitled “I Am One” describes the PLF technology program from the perspective of the student and goes on to explain why the media class needs the Goodtube grant; in order to ...
  • Health Screenings at Knar School June 22, 2012 By Surya Ry, PLF Intern Medicines, hygiene supplies, dozens of cases of water, medical records and other supplies were brought to the Knar School over a course of 3 days to conduct health screenings for all the students. PLF staff and volunteers organized the health screening with teachers at Knar. The students received regularly ...
  • Activities at Tchey School 22 June 2012 by Surya Ry, PLF Intern The Tchey School held their monthly activities on 14 June 2012. This included a soccer match between the Tchey School team and the Banteay Meanchey Team as well as a local Tchey School Khmer reading competition amongst the top 3 students in each of the 5 classes. The first of ...
  • UNESCO Visits Srayang Dormitory 24 June 2012 by Surya Ry, PLF intern Last week on 18 June 2012, UNESCO made a visit to the Srayang Dormitory to visit the students and look in on the progress and use of the building. Last year the Ponheary Ly Foundation applied for grant money in order to build a study/dining hall, new kitchen and volunteer ...
  • Ponheary Speaks at Microsoft Ponheary was asked to speak at the Innovate4Good Microsoft Convention in April.  As part of the deal, PLF was awarded a $5,000 grant for “Innovation in bridging the digital divide.” Thanks to Microsoft for the grant and also to Ponheary for continuing to spread the word about our project. Here is Ponheary’s account of the ...
  • Khmer New Year at Koh Ker Village Have a look at the Student Blog and enjoy the video report of the Khmer New Year Festivities at Koh Ker School!
  • Tchey Students Take Prize at Film Festival The video called “Water Wells in My Village” won first runner up in the Water.org “Water Day” Film  Competition this year. A phenomenal and touching first-hand account of what it’s like to live in the center of the Water Crisis. This short, made by Cambodian students on an iPad 2, perfectly illustrates what ...
  • Ponheary to Speak at Innovate4Good Conference Ponheary is a scheduled speaker at the Microsoft “Innovate 4 Good” Conference in Singapore this weekend.  Her presentation on April 28, will discuss how the Foundation was established and what’s we’ve accomplished to date, with a hope to inspire the audience of young entrepreneurs interested in social enterprise. Ponheary will join 2 other CNN Heroes ...
  • The Victory of Girl Volleyball Team at Angkor High Dorm By Farida Mot, Field Director In February 2012 the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport celebrated a sporting event for all of the government schools in Siem Reap Province. Competing in the event was a team from the Bamboo Shoot Dormitory, all of whom attend Angkor High School. The girl’s volleyball team lives in Angkor High School ...
  • The First Overseas Communication of Tchey Students By Farida Mot, Field Director In February the traveling teacher visited  Tchey primary school. She worked with 14 students on storyboard and videography. Recently those students made their first overseas communication through skype . This story blogged by Farida Mot; please note English is not her mother tongue! The new program that the traveling teacher ” Diana Gross ...
  • Solar at Knar~! The last of three solar projects was accomplished in February at Knar School. A total of six 90watt panels were installed along with the inverter and batteries. Electrical wiring was run to the kitchen, the office, the storage room and two class rooms where English classes are held in the evenings. Gone are the unsafe ...
  • Field Trips and Excursions A valuable part of any student’s school experience is an old-fashioned field trip. Around here, there are plenty of amazing things for children to see and learn about, from the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat, to natural wonders such as Phnom Kulen, all the way down to being dumbstruck by sliding glass doors at the ...
  • Solar Projects Completed We are very happy to report that the solar projects at both the dorm at Srayang and the school at Koh Ker are complete. Four 135w panels were deployed at Srayang and a complete electrical system was wired in; 100 meters of trenches were dug and lines buried, delivering electricity to both girls and boys ...
  • First Computers Deployed at Srayang By Farida Mot, Field Director Last week PLF crew spent three days at Srayang Dorm and brought with us the first computers that the students there have ever seen. Srayang Dormitory Students This is the first time that the students at Srayang Dorm start to learn how to use the laptop. Those laptop were bring from Tchey Computer ...
  • New Footbridge at Koh Ker Village We’ve just completed a new footbridge at Koh Ker Village. When I say “We”, I mean the villagers at Koh Ker built it, with materials supplied by PLF with help from Destination Earth. Early supporters of Koh Ker School will remember in the beginning, there were just a couple of fallen trees over the ravine ...
  • Traveling Teacher visits Tchey Tchey School has been running the computer program for 3-1/2 years now and the earliest students from that project are now assistant teachers at the lab. There is one class of advanced students; they are in grades 10-12 and return each saturday and sunday to study in the lab. Yes, they are the geeks. Recently Diana ...
  • News~! We’ve had a flurry of activity since school started. Here are some highlights!
  • Ponheary wows UNESCO audience in Jakarta Ponheary Ly spoke before 400 delegates from over 20 countries at the 15th Annual UNESCO APEID Conference in Jakarta Indonesia. Here is Ponheary’s report on the big adventure and a link to the speech on youtube.By Ponheary Ly “When I got the invitation from UNESCO to be a speaker, I was very excited, because I never ...
  • A Very Wet Opening Day The October monsoon season was a record breaker with 3 major floods occurring in Siem Reap in as many weeks. For 5 weeks the city and surrounding area were under a meter of water and the PLF team was challenged greatly by the logistics on how to deliver supplies and uniforms to 2500 students, make ...
  • PLF Expands to Canada! We are thrilled to announce that the Ponheary Ly Foundation Canada is up and running as a registered Canadian charity.  We now have two organizations raising funds for Ponheary’s projects with one common team on the ground pulling it all together. Over the years we’ve had many Canadian supporters who will be happy to know they ...
  • Summer Activities in Photos Wow! It’s been a busy summer~! Thanks to all the folks who showed up to sponsor lunches, outings and workshops. You made our summer sweet! Special thanks to the PLF ground team, who make the transition from one school year to the next  so seamless for over 2,000 students. You rock!
  • Report from Srei about PLF Computer Lab The course of action on our part to start our own computer training means not only do we save a bit of money, but we make sure the students really learn the material and not get lost in the back of some overcrowded computer class using inferior equipment. A bonus is that we get to ...
  • Let There be Bikes! Siem Reap has seen a wetter than average monsoon season this year and our streets have been under water for several days. Undeterred, today we inspected and readied 211 bikes that will be awarded on opening day. We’re certain we will not make our October 1 date, but as soon as things dry up a ...
  • Preparing for the New School Year Preparations for the 2011-12 school year have begun at PLF HQ in Siem Reap.  With about 2500 students supported by PLF programs, getting ready for the the new school year is a big affair and we are happy to report that we are possibly for the first time ever, ahead of schedule! Ponheary, ...
  • Chey art students illustrate a storybook A children’s book author from Laos asked PLF students to illustrate a story book, and has offered to give a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the book to the Foundation.  In this article, Johnathan Osteen, the main volunteer on the project, recounts his experience. By Jonathan Osteen I was lucky to be referred to ...
  • Returning volunteers host art class at Chey Nancy Curtin and her family have been volunteering with the PLF for 3 years, during which time they have witnessed Chey school progress immensely.  This year, they wanted to do something different during their visit, so they decided to host an art class. By Nancy Curtin and Family Three years ago when we first volunteered with ...
  • Chey has a football team Volunteers Jamie Stafford and Jack Reynolds describe their experience helping students at Chey School establish a football team. Chey Football Team At the start of summer 2011, I travelled to Cambodia to help out at the Ponheary Ly Foundation, making the journey halfway around the world with my family and close friend, Jack. After a night of ...
  • English exam administered at Chey and Knar It’s the end of the school year and the PLF has again administered final examinations to our English students at Chey and Knar primary schools. This year, we administered exams to four classes of English 1 and three of classes of English 2.  The examinations were based on the different curricula and each class’s progress through it.  For ...
  • Story-telling contests celebrate the end of the school year School ended last week for the summer break, and as part of the end-of-the-year celebration Ponheary held story-telling competitions at both Chey and Knar primary schools. x The story-telling competition was a fun way for older students to celebrate their language and presentation skills. Approximately twenty students from fourth, fifth and sixth grades participated in the contests ...
  • Special Projects: Secondary School Tutoring We are humbled by the tenacity of many of the students who have finished primary school at Tchey, Knar and Wat Bo School and continued to pursue their education into secondary school with no assistance from us but uniforms and supplies. When Khmer children and their families are living in poverty, they face many obstacles ...
  • Knar Teachers hold English summer school Knar teachers Chenda and Sovanny  have offered to hold high school prep English classes for graduating students during  the summer break. x They will teach approximately 100 students entering secondary school in order to help prepare them for mandatory English classes next year.     Chenda will be teaching two classes and Sovanny will be teaching three.  The total cost ...
  • High school volunteers teach photography at Chey Caroline Stafford and Aimee Rathle, high school students from London and New Orleans respectively, carried out a photography class with students from Chey school.  In this article, they describe their experience and how they came up with the idea for the class. by Caroline Stafford and Aimee Rathle In July of 2011, my cousin and I led a ...
  • Chey initiates English scholarship program Four boys from Chey School have been selected to participate in a merit-based English scholarship program. Part of the program involved traveling around with an English-speaking family for the length of their stay in order to gain a better understanding of the language and of western culture.  In this article, Jack Reynolds and Jamie Stafford ...
  • Robyn Wilson leads Sewing Classes at Knar We were happy to have Robyn Wilson with us again to teach a hand-sewing class, this time at Knar School. Here is Robyn’s report.
  • Mid-year uniform distribution Yikes~! We have been remiss in failing to report on a mid-year distribution of uniforms and shoes to all 2500 of our students as well as to the students at Bamboo Shoot Girls Dorm & the Little Angels Orphanage. PLF students were happy to receive a second round of Tom’s Shoes in addition to their ...
  • Construction of the dormitory at Srayang is finished! We are very happy to report that the dormitory is finished and the final step, finishing building the new bunk beds, has begun. The new building will be ready for new and returning female students to move in during their summer break.  Once the girls have moved to their new home, the existing dormitory will be ...
  • PLF supports education for students with special needs In 2006, Ponheary began supporting the education of Kroem Pek and Kroem Loh at a the School for Deaf and Blind Children in Siem Reap. Pek and Loh, twins who were eleven at the time, are the youngest in a family of 9 children, 5 of whom are deaf.  Now sixteen, they are the first of the ...
  • Orphans choose to continue school at Koh Ker The PLF is sponsoring three students to finish primary school at Koh Ker and live on the premises. Sith Theary, the oldest of the students, is 16-years-old and is in sixth grade.  She lives at Koh Ker School with her sister, Sith Theara, who is 11-years-old and currently in grade 4 and their younger ...
  • Tchey students learn music theory with professional Orville Stoeber Orville Stoeber, a veteran musician who resides in Los Angeles, has come to Siem Reap to provide music lessons to students at Tchey Primary School. Orville is teaching the students to understand basic music theory and to read sheet music.  Rather than have a set lesson plan, Orville is very intent on interacting with the students ...
  • Adam Kalinich teaches week-long math clinic We would like to thank Adam, a high school senior from Chicago, IL, for providing a week-long math clinic to 11 male and female students from Angkor High School.  All of the participants were alumni from our program at Wat Bo Primary school. Yon Heourn, a local student at Angkor High with innate leadership skills, organized the ...
  • Washing Station at Knar Improving Health The washing and first aid station at Knar Primary School has been up and running since January, and the number of incidents of sickness has fallen significantly. Every day after class, the students pump water from the well at the washing station, filling the buckets will clean water to wash their hands and feet.  Students and ...
  • Knar field trip sponsored by Tania Westlake Volunteer English teacher Tania Westlake sponsored a field trip for the 37 students from the two classes of English 1 she taught at Knar Primary School as a PLF volunteer.  It was an unforgettable day filled with temples, ice cream, books, a museum and a Ferris wheel ride that topped even the escalators at the ...
  • The Kalinich Family sponsors lunch at Koh Ker Primary School Thank you to Gail Kalinich and her children Adam and Chaney! A big thank you to Gail, Adam and Chaney Kalinich for sponsoring (and helping to prepare and serve) a delicious and nutritious lunch of beef, carrots, long beans and rice for the students at Koh Ker.  The family traveled with us to visit the students at Koh Ker ...
  • Dr. Ros Wilson Leads Health Care Screening Ros Wilson, a Doctor from Australia, came for a three month stint to do a medical screening for all our rural students and teachers as well as train school nurses and manage the care of a few students with chronic conditions. We’ve never had a health care provider with us for such an extended period ...
  • PLF Computer Lab Expansion This year the PLF has 103 urban high school students on our rosters, all graduates from Wat Bo Primary School in Siem Reap. Some of these students are now in the 11th grade and have been asking us  for computer classes. It costs anywhere from $15-30 per month to send a ...
  • Tango for PLF~! La PLF è fortunata ad avere dei sostenitori la cui gentilezza e generosità non finisce quando lasciano la Cambogia. Prendiamo il caso di Ale e Gabri, che ci hanno fatto visita lo scorso anno: tornati a casa in Italia hanno collaborato con i loro amici per organizzare una festa di beneficenza molto particolare, raccogliendo fondi ...
  • PLF is Five Years Old! Over Khmer New Year in mid April, the PLF celebrated 5 years in Cambodia by inviting all our local support staff to the house for BBQ and a big cake! A 30 minute slideshow was shown after dinner, highlighting 5 years of  activities at schools with visitors, volunteers, donors, and of course students! It was ...
  • Make Art, Not War. Starting about 2 years ago, when Jennifer Ley first visited with the idea to introduce students to art, we’ve been continuing this effort to have “art day”, when anyone was willing to bring the supplies and lead a class. The students generally like to draw, and over time, a few of them have really made ...
  • Anyone coming to Siem Reap? A good friend of the PLF, Sarah O’Brien, is a cellist for Yanni (among other things). The group is out on a US tour at the moment and collecting all manner of toiletries for us as they move from hotel to hotel. These would be of great use if we could get them in our ...
  • Field Trips Now Include Cameras! The PLF was recently the recipient of 20 digital cameras, which have become a valuable component to the field trips that visitors often sponsor. Last month a field trip was organized by Tami Cho and her children for a group of 5th graders from Knar School. The day’s activities began with a tour of Angkor ...
  • Srayang Dormitory Construction A brief report, following up on February’s post about the progress of the construction effort at Sryang, where an additional 15 students will arrive from Koh Ker School this October to start Secondary School. We’re doing well on the budget for the house which is extraordinary since there are so many variable involved in this type ...
  • Volunteers Share Slideshow Tami Cho and her two children Josh and Hannah, as well as Josh’s friend Kyle came for a week to work with the English students at Knar. They spent the week helping with pronunciation and review in Neang’s English I class as well as lending some expertise in the volleyball court and supervising arts and ...
  • Lunch at Koh Ker Thanks to Alison Segar and her two children, Julian Segar-Reid and Willa Segar-Reid for coming to Koh Ker with us and sponsoring a terrific lunch for all the children there. Please go and  have a look at the great video they made!
  • Koh Ker Medical Screening Dr. Ros Wilson joined with Dr. Kim Soung Chur and PLF volunteers to screen and document health on the entire student body of Koh Ker School. The most satisfying news for us was to learn that out of just over 200 children, we’ve only got eight of them scoring low on the malnourishment benchmark. That’s ...
  • Volunteering at Tchey Two Volunteer Teachers Ann Wiener and Kathe Jervis came loaded with 20 cameras and volunteered at Tchey School from February 2-15. This is their brief report: As teachers, we believe that curriculum should be developed from what is at hand. Other than valuing careful planning and being willing to abandon all advance plans on arrival, we ...
  • Bike Clinic at Knar School In February we were very pleased to have Kim Kaufmann and Chris Gooderham arrive from Vancouver to sponsor a bike clinic. Many of the children’s bicycles are ancient hand-me-downs from someone else in their family and in much need of repair. Chris and Kim rose to the challenge of accessing about 70 bikes and buying ...
  • Four Tchey Teachers Receive Scholarships Back in November we posted a story about three teachers at Tchey who had won partial scholarships to University in Siem Reap. We are very happy indeed to report that all three teachers, plus one more, Morn Simoun, are all currently enrolled. Doug Griswold posted a Razoo page and did some fund-raising using social networking, ...
  • Update on Srayang Dormitory For those of you who are following progress on the dormitory at Srayang, we’d like to share news of the girls’ progress. For those of you new to this story, you can get some background here.As the pictures below illustrate, the fence has now been finished and encompasses the entire property. Under the house a ...
  • January Updates A collection of photos to tell the story about what’s been going on January. Dry season brings construction projects and so far this year, lots of language, art and music!
  • Washing Station at Knar School Knar School finally gets a dedicated space for cleaning up! During the course of the last year, we have seen many children at Knar School suffering from leg wounds. Most students must journey through the fields to get to school and during the course of this walk, they get manure, pesticides, etc on their skin, which ...
  • Area Beautification at Knar The School at Knar got a little facelift during the new year when a group of University students from Singapore came to paint and tidy up the garden during “Operation Break Out”. Here is a summary of the activities, written by Toh Zhi Hong: ———————- “The trip has been one of the most memorable in my life and ...
  • Volunteers 2010 We had an amazing number of visitors and volunteers in 2010 and are gratified to see the PLF contingency continuing to grow. We are both humbled and inspired by your  selflessness and enthusiasm. Well, that and your ability to open 10,000 chili packets without complaining. Thanks for showing up and paying attention!
  • Breakfast! by Lori Carlson We get occasional inquiries about the breakfast program so I thought I’d take some space here to talk about what we spend on food, why we think it’s important, and under what kind of governance it’s distributed. It’s commonly known that hungry kids can’t learn and there’s no doubt these children are hungry. We ...
  • Tchey Teachers Seek University Education In the Cambodian School System, there are “official teachers” who have finished grade 12 and had two years of University. These teachers are allowed to work both morning and afternoon sessions, enabling them to make some semblance of a living. In the urban areas, such as in Siem Reap proper, they can do private tutoring ...
  • Koh Ker Grads Feeling at Home in Srayang Lori Carlson The rainy season has finally let up in Srayang and as the clouds clear we see things starting to take shape at the house. The 12 girls, recent graduates from Koh Ker Village, are getting themselves settled in at the house and into the rhythm of a new school, meeting new ...
  • Opening Day for 2400 Students Phew~! Opening day went without a hitch this year, thanks mostly to the enlistment of a group of Cambodian and international volunteers who came to load, unload, cook, serve, distribute, play, dance, clean up and organize. Ponheary and Lori would like to extend many thanks to: Sharon Miro, Kristina Johnson, Lynn McKee,  Mark Limacher, Nora Burkey, Jessica ...
  • Tchey Computer Lab Expansion Complete Following up on our story in July regarding the solar and computer expansion at Tchey School, we are happy to report that the windows machines are up and running at Tchey School and classes are now underway. This expansion made possible the implementation of 10 Windows machines in the lab, which were donated by Greg and ...
  • 2010 Bicycle Distribution Every year the PLF awards bicycles to graduating 6th graders as well as first and second in class for grades 4 and 5. Bicycles assist rural children greatly in realizing their dreams to continue to secondary school, as they are often a fair distance from their villages.  We find that students in 4th and 5th ...
  • This Cambodian Student by Lori Carlson The children at our schools are truly astounding in their tenacity, their enthusiasm and ability to learn. They suffer under the mantle of poverty from birth,  but inspire us every day with their cheerful smiles and light-hearted approach to life. Every once in a while I feel compelled to tell the story of ...
  • Opening Day October 1-5 marks the first day at school for each of the PLF supported schools. We are a veritable flurry of activity as we get 2400 students and their teachers prepared for a new school year, award bikes to the graduating 6th graders, organize English and computer classes and focus on the dormitory at Srayang. ...
  • The House that Love Built The Dormitory at Srayang becomes a reality as 12 girls from Koh Ker prepare for secondary school.
  • Let the Bundling Begin! Supplies begin arriving at PLF Offices at Seven Candles and work begins to prepare the bundles for the start of school.
  • Koh Ker Students Enjoy a Field Trip Hank Brittain and Tammy Schaff from Dayton Ohio sponsor an excursion for 20 students from Koh Ker School.
  • Ponheary makes the Phnom Penh Post Press!
  • PLF Writes and Administers English Exam at Two Schools The end of the school year means exam season around the world, and Tchey Primary School and Knar Primary School were no exception. PLF volunteers wrote English exams for each grade level, using material and images from their English textbooks and administered the exams in quiet, proctored classrooms to discourage “helping” amongst the students. The scores of ...
  • Shooting for Paris from Peking PLF volunteer and supporter Barbara Shooter, will be embarking on a tremendous 14,569 kilometers (9053 miles) trip from Peking, China to Paris, France this upcoming September as a part of the Peking to Paris Rally. First accomplished in 1907 by Prince Borghese, this year marks the 4th Peking to Paris Rally. Barbara and her husband ...
  • Solar Expansion at Tchey Powers New Computers Solar capacity was recently doubled at Tchey School, making a way for an impressive computer expansion at the school.
  • PLF Prepares for Next School Year As the 2009 – 2010 school year came to a close, PLF staff and volunteers made visits to several of the schools that we support to collect information for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Students were measured for new uniforms, sized for new shoes, and had a chance to play with PLF staff ...
  • Enrollment in PLF’s Schools Sees a Continual Increase By Loren Hyatt and Nhaca Le As the 2009 – 2010 school year came to an end, the teachers and administrators at Wat Bo, Tchey, Knar, and Koh Ker Primary Schools pulled together statistics on their students for both PLF records and the Ministry of Education.
  • Learning Enterprises Student Volunteers Spend their Summer with the PLF Learning Enterprises volunteers (Left to Right) Daniel Scott Smith, Brooke Heinichen and Maggie Klefstad teach at 3 different PLF-sponsored schools for the summer. As you probably have read on the website, this summer has been very exciting here in Siem Reap. I have the opportunity to introduce you to one of these daily happenings: the partnership ...
  • English Teachers Continue Study at ACE The PLF currently has 8 teachers enrolled in classes at Australian Center for Education, an English Language school in Siem Reap. These teachers are currently teaching English classes at Tchey and Knar School. They travel in from the countryside 3 days per week to attend classes. The classes started in January when cyclistlaw.com sponsored them into ...
  • Expanding English Programs Prepare Children for Secondary School and Beyond As PLF wraps up the 2009 – 2010 school year, we take a look at our ever-expanding English program.  This year, PLF held English classes at Tchey Primary School, Wat Bo Primary School, Knar Primary School, and the Bamboo Shoot High School Girls Dormitory.  Please read below for more details on teach of these programs. Tchey ...
  • Dorothy’s Sewing Class This story is posted by Dorothy Griffith from Canada, who together with her husband Gordon Fraser, came to Tchey School to teach sewing and build some desks, respectively. This is Dorothy’s account of her time with the students in her Sewing Class. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I ...
  • PLF Helps 12th Grade Girls Prepare for Graduation Just a ten-minute bike ride from PLF Offices is a dormitory called Bamboo Shoots, that houses twenty young women struggling on their own to complete 12th grade. These girls have come to Siem Reap from rural villages to attend high school and complete their education. Following the departure of the NGO that set ...
  • Secondary Students Broaden their English Education at Knar Primary School The PLF sponsors English classes for primary school students at Tchey and Knar Primary Schools in between morning and afternoon sessions. Within the past year, the PLF has expanded their classes to include a night class at Knar Primary School for secondary school students, as well as other young adults from the community who want ...
  • Clean Water at Knar Water. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses. According to RDIC , 74% of all deaths in Cambodia are caused by water borne diseases. in an effort to minimize the risks of the water at Knar School, a ...
  • Hands on History Program We’ve been happy to sponsor several field trips in the last few months. The program, “Hands on History” is Ponheary’s method of delivering meaningful history lessons to Primary School children from Tchey, Knar and Koh Ker Schools. Ponheary grew up in the temples of Angkor Wat, the recipient of a life time of oral history, given ...
  • Koh Ker Clean Water Project According to RDIC , 74% of all deaths in Cambodia are caused by water borne diseases. The school at Koh Ker has had a well for two years, so these pits behind the school where they used to get water have been filled in and mango trees planted in the space. That fixed most of the ...
  • How Many Students This Year? It takes a few weeks to gather up all the newest members of the student body; the kindergarten and first grade classes particularly. This year there were 224 of these “latecomers”. We got them all enrolled and equipped and now we have the final numbers on the total students sponsored by the PLF this year. We ...
  • To Teach is to Learn Twice I’m Teaghan and my friend is Akari. We are both 11 years old and in 6th grade. I speak English and Japanese, and Akari speaks Japanese and only a little English. We went to Cambodia for two weeks in August, 2009. We saw temples and stuff, but the funnest thing was going to ...
  • 2009 Bicycle Program The bike to School Program was a wild success this year as over 160 bicycles were awarded to graduating 6th graders and first and second in class, grades 4 & 5. Bikes! As time goes by, the student body is getting younger and younger and pass rates are improving, (both very good signs). When the bikes are ...
  • Art Class at Tchey I first came to Cambodia in 2000, for a film shoot in Phnom Penh, where we were given no time at all to explore and none to fly north to the ruins of Angkor. But I had read about Angkor as an art student. And I knew the rudimentary history of the Khmer Rouge, had ...
  • Ubisoft Computer Lab Update In March the solar project was completed at Tchey School, bringing electricity to 4 classrooms in the main building. Electricity means many things for Tchey. Lights in the library mean teachers can utilize the office and library in the evenings. Informal English classes are already being held there with English speaking Khmer teachers giving classes to ...
  • Bridges to Understanding at Wat Bo School Wat Bo School was chosen to participate in the Global Citizens Project through Bridges to Understanding. The purpose of the project was to introduce digital storytelling to the students at Wat Bo, expose them to other children from all around the world who also participated in the program, improve their computer and English speaking skills and ...
  • Ubisoft donates Computer Lab at Tchey School This year, our friends at UbiSoft in San Francisco donated 100 laptops to Tchey School from One Laptop Per Child. See more about the XO project on YouTube. This project was spearheaded by a good friend of the Foundation, Josh Milligan. Pictured below with Josh are Rich and Johanna. Special thanks go out to Rich Kubiszewski ...
  • Koh Ker Update The challenges at Koh Ker School have not lessened, but the rewards are starting to increase, so we are uplifted and encouraged. On September 24, Ponheary and Lori took a rainy season expedition up to Koh Ker (getting stuck only once!) to meet the new teachers the Ministry of Education sent. This is big news ...
  • The 2008 School Year Begins! Supplies and Uniforms have been delivered to 1884 children this year at 5 schools. The following schools are currently being supported by the PLF: Wat Bo Primary School in Siem Reap Vat Kong Meuch Primary School 6 km from Siem Reap Tchey Primary School, 12 km from Siem Reap Knar Primary School, 45 km from Siem Reap Koh Ker Primary ...
  • Let the Bundling Begin! Supplies, uniforms, shoes and backpacks all began arriving 3 weeks ago. Everything we need to equip 2,000+ children this year for school. Boxes of supplies arrived by truck and tuk-tuk to be loaded into the Guest House. They are occupying the entire ground floor of the guest house. Some paying customers came in yesterday requesting a ...
  • 2008 Bike Distribution Knar School An organization at Great Neck North High School in New York, called Free the Children has donated all the bicycles for graduating 6th graders at Knar School. We extend to them our sincere thanks. These 30 bikes were distributed to all graduating 6th graders in the hope it will encourage them to continue on to ...
  • PLF Wins Ambassador of Caring Award In Austin Texas today, the Equitable Company, underwriter of a television series called “Profiles in Caring” awarded to the Ponheary Ly Foundation their annual “Ambassadors of Caring Award”. This award includes a $10,000.00 grant which we will use to support the teacher’s program. Pictured at left are Rod Ross, Lori Carlson and Kimberly Perkins Klintworth The ...
  • Kitchen Refurbishing at Knar The kitchen at Knar School is an outdoor affair where breakfast is cooked for the kids 6 days a week. There are 3 in ground stoves that burn wood. Rice is cooked here every morning and served with fish and sometimes the vegetables grown in the gardens at the school. The grass roof sustained some damage ...

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