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 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!
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.