In recent years, many schools have been built with private funds and donated to the Cambodian government with the hope that public funds would be earmarked to outfit and maintain them. Sadly, such support has not been forthcoming. With government funding to schools as low as $1.75 per child, per year, most schools – as well as students – desperately need additional help to function and cover basic expenses.
To help bridge the gap, ABOUTAsia Schools provides thousands of essential school supplies. From pencils, chalk and paper, to books, desks, uniforms, computers, and facility repairs, our program ensures that school buildings here have a real purpose. We evaluate each situation carefully and determine what individual schools and students require most.
One of our recent areas of focus has been providing uniforms to students for the start of the new academic year. According to Cambodian law, every student must wear a uniform to attend school. The purchase price of $7 is an impossible sum for many families. Our aim is to prevent the poorest students here in Siem Reap from being priced out of the free education they should be entitled to.
ABOUTAsia is committed to carefully evaluating the situation at each of the 110 schools we support to determine what the students really need to succeed, and providing consumable materials to this end.
Previous efforts have resulted in the donation of the following supplies:
|School Materials Donated in 2012-2015|
|4,488 School Uniforms||Children are not permitted to attend school without a school uniform, which costs $7 per uniform. By western standards this is a small amount, but in rural areas many families are subsistence farmers with no income - the average annual income in Cambodia is just $272.|
|71,334 Sets of school supplies||School supplies containing pens, pencils and notebooks are delivered by ABOUTAsia Schools at various times throughout the school year.|
|112 Bicycles||Bicycles allow children that could not reach school, or could only do so with great difficulty, to access education. This is due to the distances required to reach schools in rural areas. To put this into context, the rural population of Cambodia is 79.9% compared to 17.7% in the USA.|
Uniforms / Equipment
|Donated to various High Schools to enable them to establish sports teams.|
|594 Reading books and course text books||Donated to schools as well as available for students to access at our Learning Centres.|
|24 Whiteboards||Many whiteboards become so old that students are unable to read from them.|
|60 Pairs of Shoes||Donated to Anchanh Primary School|
|42 Brail and stylus and 23 reams of braille printing paper||Donated to Krousar Thmey School for the Blind|
|Materials Donated to Improve School Infrastrucure 2012-2015|
|Construction of 6 Water Wells||Built on school sites, benefiting all pupils at the schools as well as their local communities. All of the schools we support now have access to clean water.|
|3 Toilets||Built at Anchanh Primary School, Prey Chrouk Primary School and Kok Pnov English class school.|
|3 Roof Repairs||To enable the classrooms at some of the older schools we support to continue functioning during the wet season.|
|5 Schools Painted||We facilitated the painting of 5 schools, supported by Food Craft, Singapore and Bega High School, Australia.|
While the focus of our School Supplies program shifted with the introduction of Learning Centers in 2014, our aim is to meet the demands of the students and schools in greatest need in order to encourage learning, attendance and effective use of school buildings.
If you would like to help support a school with resources or improvement of infrastructure you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate here.