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Khnar Village Learning Center is Open for Business!

You may remember our difficult decision to remove our programming from Khnar School in February. Since then it’s been a decisive set of moves forward, finding a way to distance ourselves from all the reasons we made that decision and avoid leaving more than 500 students in the lurch.

On June 11, 2017, we were all very excited today to officially open the new Khnar Village Learning Center. (more…)

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Khnar 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Last month, I posted a notice that we had withdrawn from Knar School in an article entitled “Toughest Decision Ever”.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 turn the “Toughest Decision Ever”  into the “Best Thing to Happen, Maybe Ever.” (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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.

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Meet Vannak!

With the opening of the new PLF girls dormitory, Sreynith has passed on the torches at Tchey, Khnart, and Chansar Schools. PLF Family, meet our newest field director Vannak!  (more…)

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Why Science?

As an intern last fall, Hannah wrote a brief article detailing the launch of our physical science curriculum for the Grade 6 Science Club at Knar School. One year later we’d like to use a few more words to update you on the more recent accomplishments of our pilot science project, how the program came into play, and importantly, why it’s shaping up to be one of the most compelling extra curricular programs we’re offering. (more…)

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Rethinking High School Scholarships

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

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VOLUNTEER BLOG: Chess, Science, and Football

By William Stafford, age 11

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

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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 poorest families who get their livelihood from doing field work and/or subsistence farming. Parents, mostly fathers, went north to Thailand to work illegally in places that had received normal rainfall. (more…)

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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 health concern, with 32% of children under 5 years of age stunted, 24% underweight, and 10% wasted. Micronutrient deficiencies are widespread. Rising inequality, landlessness and deterioration of common resources have eroded the coping capacity of food-insecure people. Limited access for the poor to education and health services and low levels of investment in public infrastructure further perpetuate food insecurity and undernutrition.

And that’s in a good year. 2016 has not been a good year. (more…)