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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 unique program intends to shed light on the universal challenges that young women face as well as capture the individual narratives of its participants. (more…)

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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!

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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 on a special scavenger hunt, to celebrate the conclusion of their three month long investigation into the world’s habitats. Sprinting from one station to the next, the students quizzed their knowledge on the world’s biomes, adaptation, and the food chain. (more…)

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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, to name a few. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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,  see where we’ve made mistakes and how they’ve been corrected. Or not.
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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.

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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.

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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. (more…)

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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 leader was Mr. Pol Pot destroyed such as: (more…)