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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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From the Other Side: Watching PLF Advocacy in Action

By Travis Thompson, PLF Board of Directors

It’s been five months since I left my spot alongside Ponheary, Lori, and the Ponheary Ly Foundation team in the Siem Reap office to move back to the U.S. I’ve spent these last months trying to adjust to my new life in Seattle. The transition has been made easier as I’ve crossed paths with PLF supporters who are doing their part to share with their communities in the U.S. the importance of our work in Cambodia. (more…)

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Year in Photos

by Lori Carlson

We are definitely running a little late on re-capping this year!  It was a veritable whirlwind of activity. A lot of new programs were lifted off at existing projects and a new school was brought on board.

We are so grateful to our supporters near and far who believe in Ponheary’s vision and help us to bring all this about. (more…)

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On The Ground – Supporters and Volunteers

PLF supporters on the ground here in Siem Reap not only get to spend time with students they also provide learning-focused activities so the benefit of the visit continues long past the volunteer’s flight home. (more…)

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Fundraiser in Singapore

By Jacqui Rawson

Support for PLF comes in many forms; volunteering, teaching, donations, supply of materials and, this support comes from many different countries around the world.  (more…)