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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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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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TEACHER BLOG: Cambodia’s Sports

By Saveth Chhean

 In Cambodia sport is not popular yet because a lot of people they don’t think that sport is important to them. They do not get any money from sport.

Presently we have around 40% of the people who like sport but if they want to play, they have to spend money. They like volleyball and some football.

Football in the countryside is not so popular but in town it is.

However volleyball in the countryside is very popular as it is in town. Now the Ponheary Ly Foundation has started to focus on sport in Cambodia. (more…)

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PLF Supporters Fund Public Teacher Salary Subsidies for a Year

By Travis Thompson

For the first time in Ponheary Ly Foundation’s history, supporter Jean Geoghegan and her friends, colleagues, and family in Ireland have made it possible to fund, en masse, the salaries of all 24 of our Khmer public school classroom teachers at two schools.  (more…)

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PLF Opens Siem Reap Boys’ House

By Travis Thompson

It’s been a dream for years, and now PLF has opened a place for our high school boy students who are living away from their village (and their families) and who are literally homeless and without support. They come to the city from isolated villages whose schools stop at grade 9, in pursuit of a high school diploma. They are often in Siem Reap without adequate food or shelter or any extended family or friends. These challenges give them the least chance of finishing school but often an extraordinary level of grit. We are all feeling a very high level of satisfaction seeing them get a chance at something of an “ordinary life”. (more…)

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TEACHER BLOG: The Roots of the Problems in Cambodia
By Saveth Chhean 
I was born in Kley village, Chreybak commune, Roleabhear district, Kompong Chnang province in January 1st 1977. At that time in Cambodia, we still had the civil war between Khmer army and Khmer Rouge army. Because of this, when I was 13 years old, many children in my village had no education. (more…)

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PLF Supporters Run into a Freezing Ocean to Raise Thousands in Ireland

By Travis Thompson

Sometimes PLF supporters make a big splash in their attempt to help our students, but nothing quite like Jean Geoghegan, her family, and friends did.   (more…)

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ADVOCATE BLOG: Two Weeks Off the Grid at Koh Ker Primary

By Victoria Balenger, PLF Advocate who spent two weeks living in Koh Ker and Srayang

It’s Sunday in Cambodia, and I wanted to write, as it’s been quite the few days. Last week at breakfast at the guesthouse there was a couple from Colorado who had graduated from college last June, and they asked me what I was doing here and I gave a quick summary. He asked has it been crazy amazing? And I said yes, it sure has. (more…)