Making a difference through learning
Charity and community work is extremely important to us. It's the reason we're committed to helping the Cambodia Charitable Trust. We contribute a percentage of every sale to supporting Ang Chhum Primary School. This financial support helps deliver quality teacher trainers, provide basic stationery (the children lack even the basics) and upgrade the school's facilities (many Cambodian schools don't have working toilets, for example).
The school is located in a remote area and the children come from extremely poor families. Having a well-functioning school in such an area is totally unexpected, yet that is what we now have. It is never going to be self-sufficient, but the exciting thing is that the children who attend this primary school almost all progress to the neighboring secondary school. This means that these children are getting a quality education, despite all of the hardships they face.
During the late 1970s, Cambodia was controlled by dictator and Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. Under his rule, the Cambodian educational system was almost completely wiped out and many teachers were killed. Once his regime had ended, it was difficult to pick up the pieces: so few qualified teachers were left. This issue, combined with the poverty suffered by so many Cambodians today, poses a significant problem for the nation.
The goal of the Cambodia Charitable Trust is to change this situation. The Trust intends to reconstruct the educational system in Cambodia by providing trainers for teachers, so that Cambodian instructors can learn the techniques that will best help children to learn. This will ultimately have a major impact on the country, as education is the key to bringing Cambodians out of poverty and to keeping children from sex slavery and slave labor. With a good educational system, both the children and the nation can look forward to a brighter future.
The Trust works on a volunteer system under which all volunteers pay their own travel and accommodation costs when working in Cambodia or elsewhere. This means that 100% of what we donate goes directly to helping Cambodian children.