My Community Development Project In Prey Chas, Cambodia

Cambodia Community Development Project

Prey Chas, Cambodia desperately need a new secondary school. After reviewing the prospectus I decided that I would make Prey Chas my Cambodia community development project.

Prey Chas, Cambodia is a rural fishing village located in Battambang Province at the far NW end of Tonle Sap. Therefore, Tonle Sap is a major factor to consider when constructing the school. As a result, the school building must be elevated to withstand the flood season. Additionally, school attendance and construction would be challenging due to transportation issues. 

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Transportation on Tonle Sap

Many students are unable to attend school due to transportation issues on Tonle Sap. Most essentially, water based transport is required during the rainy season. However, fuel is expensive and the local community is very poor with most residents dependent on subsistence farming and fishing.  Additionally, many students who must travel greater distances are unable to attend due to lack of transport. This Cambodia community development project would be very significant to the local community and surrounding villages

Tonle Sap Transportation issuesPhoto courtesy of Child’s Dream Foundation.

Build it and They Will Come

Previously, the teacher’s boarding house served as their school prior to completion of this new Cambodia community development project. Therefore, the teachers rooms were classrooms during the day and bedrooms at night. The teacher’s personal belongings must be moved during the day and again at night.

Photo courtesy of Child’s Dream Foundation.

As a result, there is limited space and many students cannot attend school. School attendance had dropped to low levels with only 40-50 students attending. In addition, the drop out rate was high. Ideally, completion of the Cambodia community development project would reverse these trends.

Private Funding and Community Participation

I agreed to provide 100% funding for the project. However, the government and also the local community would contribute. The government would provide training for the teachers and pay their salaries. Additionally, the government would provide the school curriculum plus school materials for teaching and learning. The community would prepare the grounds for construction and support the delivery of the construction materials. Most essentially, the local community agreed to provide an additional boat to transport students to school throughout the school year. 

The Completed Cambodia Community Development Project

The construction on the Prey Chas, Cambodia community development project began in November 2013 and was completed in the summer of 2014.

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School Opening Ceremony

In November 2014, we all gathered in Prey Chas for the celebration. Most essentially, it was a community affair. The school opening ceremony would be attended by the provincial governor, teachers, students, Buddhist monks and the school administration. Child’s Dream Foundation representatives also attended the ceremony.

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Additional Photos Courtesy of Child’s Dream Foundation