Thursday, 1 March 2012

Chbar Chros Community school

Work is progressing well on the new school at Chbar Chros and remains on schedule for the planned official opening later this month.

The school will provide Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 education for an estimated 100 children who do not have regular access to education at the moment. It will be run as a Community School in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Education.  CamKids has funded the cost of construction and will cover all of the running costs. In addition, CamKids is currently renovating a kindergarten, which will be opened for the nearby community of Raing Te at about the same time (pictures to follow).

It is planned to expand the use of the school building in Chbar Chros to offer opportunities to a larger number of people in the surrounding villages. CamKids has also secured funding and started to construct a medical centre on the site this month and also sent a mobile medical and dental team to this community in January, which was extremely successful. We are particularly encouraged by the fact that the villagers and their leaders see this as a collaborative project, which bodes well for the future.

The land for the buildings has been donated by the community and part of the preparatory work is being undertaken in association with local villagers, who are giving their time freely. Additional projects are planned for this community, to further improve the health, education and life chances for the whole community and we hope to use the knowledge and experience gained from this project to undertake similar projects at other poor rural communities in Cambodia.

STOP PRESS:  The official blessing of the school took place on 22 March 2012 and an update will be posted shortly.