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A Very Wet Opening Day

16 November 2011

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 as many lunches and deliver bikes, prizes and backpacks.

Normally opening day of school occurs the first week of October. This year, it took until November 7 to get the job done, with Wat Bo School being the last to dry out.

We are very happy to welcome our 2500 students back to school!

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3km trek to school from the road in what used to be a road but is now a small river.

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Wet but still proud!

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Secondary School students from Srayang return to Koh Ker to deliver supplies

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Big graduating class at Koh Ker!!!!

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Kalyan at bike distribution at Koh ker

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First in class at Koh Ker

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A bit wet at Koh Ker!

Angkor High Students Opening Day

Angkor High students (former Wat Bo Students) coming to pick up supplies

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The road to Angkor High

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Convincing a student and his mother at Koh Ker to come back to school

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Loading and unloading, loading and unloading, etc

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Loading the bikes

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Lunch prep at Knar

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Prize winners at Knar

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Ariny and Hong in the world's smokiest kitchen at Knar

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Prizes at Knar

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Choosing the bike

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Lunch!

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Kindergarteners wondering what is going on!

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New bikes for the first in class

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Ponheary with graduating 6th graders at Knar

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New kindergarten class at Knar

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Backpack distribution

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Lunch at Knar School

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Knar alumni

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Returning Knar Student

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The long ride home

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The "Loading Team"

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Chamnan loading the trucks

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Loading up

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Farida and Kalyan enjoying the festivities at Tchey School

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Prize winners at Tchey

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Flag raising at Tchey

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Applause for the winners of "First in Class"

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"Who is in the 12th grade?"

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Bike delivery at Tchey

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Unloading the bikes is usually a pretty happy event

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Secondary school students from Tchey who are now Computer Lab teacher assistants

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Tchey alumni

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Opening Day at Wat Bo School

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This year there are  just over 400 students who have graduated from our primary school program and moved on to secondary school. Among those are 64 students who are in upper secondary school (grades 10-12).  It costs $25 per month per student to enroll them in the second half of the school day  (only the first half is free).  Without this full day of school, passing the 12th grade exam is nearly impossible. This year we will make a big push toward enrolling these students. We’ve got half of them enrolled this year ($8,000) and need another $8,000 to fund the rest. It’s a big commitment but necessary if we want to see these kids graduate high school.

A recurring donation of $25 a month will sponsor one of the remaining 32 students.

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