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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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STUDENT BLOG: The Importance of Water Buffaloes

By Komsorth

Agriculture in Cambodia needs animals. In my village people care for animals like water buffaloes and cows. These animals can help people by pulling the cart, plow and they also give excrement for people to use as fertilizer to make the crops good. (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…)