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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 up. They spend a very long time to make our bodies grow, they work hard for us to go to school and also to give us the things we need and want. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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 Digital Media in Cambodia ” in early 2013. During the past 10 months since I have been training and teaching Media, I have found answers to 60% of my questions. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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 the world too. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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STUDENT BLOG: Fishing Tools in Cambodia

By Komsorth

 My village is a Khmer village which uses traditional fishing methods. Both men and women fish using a method called “TRU” in the Khmer language. This is an old method using bamboo baskets which are pushed into the water and covered by it. The fish swim into the basket but cannot get out. (more…)

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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, think about why we didn’t, see where we’ve made mistakes and how they’ve been corrected. Or not. (more…)

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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 from selling things at temples and get them back in school. She did her best to steer her tourists away from “helping children by buying things from them” and let them truly help by supporting the schools they should be attending and the teachers who teach in them. (more…)