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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Last month, I posted a notice that we had withdrawn from Knar School in an article entitled “Toughest Decision Ever”.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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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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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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“The Top 10 Things I Learned in Siem Reap”

By: Sayrge Braccio

In June, Sayrge spent the day with a group of Grade 6 students from Knar School as a part of our Help for a Day Crafts Excursion Program. Here are his thoughts about his time spent in Siem Reap volunteering with PLF!


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Knar School Learns to Uke

By Hannah Najar

This past fall Lucy Inouye, a frequent PLF volunteer from Hawaii, introduced a group of 12 students to the tunes of her hometown and paved the way for ukulele club at Knar school. It is with great excitement that we write this post to share the current accomplishments of PLF’s newest musicians!


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Brooke Beyer’s Volunteering Story

By Brooke Beyer

Brooke and her mother, Gretchen, spent a week volunteering at Tchey School, working on english enrichment and teaching Irish dance. Here is Brooke’s account of all of the jumping, skipping, turning, and her favorite moments during her time spent volunteering with PLF.


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A Day in the Life: Volunteering in Koh Ker

By Hannah Najar

Curious what daily life looks like for volunteers in Koh Ker? Check out Hannah’s daily routine from a week spent volunteering and checking in on PLF’s programs at Koh Ker Primary, Romchek Primary, and Srayang Dormitory. Great adventures always start with breakfast!


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PLF Turns Ten!

In February 2006, Ponheary and Lori began a journey that frankly, we never imagined would go so far so fast. Our growth has been steady and solid and along the way we have created a village of sorts; a space where people have come together from all over the world to roll up their sleeves, spread the word and generously gift enough financial support to turn dreams into reality for thousands of Cambodian children.

On February 11, 2016 we celebrated ten years of PLF at Hotel 1961 in Siem Reap Cambodia, with everyone who comes together to make this happen–our teachers and staff from two provinces and multiple schools and dormitories as well as our board of directors and a handful of supporters and volunteers all came together to celebrate our success.

We spent days and nights combing through a decade of photographs to create a timeline that showed the astounding growth of our organization as well as charting the astonishing trajectory of our students as they continue to reach ever upward.

We were honored to have a keynote address from the Governor of Siem Reap Province as well as several key members of the Ministry of Education and Interior in attendance.

We wish that all of you could have been with us to celebrate this milestone. Be assured, that Ponheary and I and all the ground team was holding each of you close.

We are energized and looking forward to what we will do together in the next decade~!


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Elizabeth Weaver’s Volunteering Story

By Elizabeth Weaver

Elizabeth, her Dad Leon and brother Liam spent a couple of weeks volunteering with PLF  - this is Elizabeth’s account of her experience and why they want to keep returning.


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Knar School Science Club

New Science Curriculum Introduces Students to Weighty Matters

PLF intern helps develop science curriculum at Knar Primary School.

By Hannah Najar

Knar Science Club

My first big project this year picked up on the great successes of the Knar School science club pilot project. I was given a set of twelve physical science lesson plans in English, and Teacher Ka’Oun and I teamed up to implement the curriculum for an eager class of 23 students in Grade 6. (more…)