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Our Volunteer Runs for our Teachers!

Guy has been part of Sustainable Cambodia since a while. He has been an onsite volunteer twice, and while in Cambodia, he helped with construction work in our campus, teaching students, making the campus and classroom look great, and even organized a movie club for students and teachers which is great fun!
But our friend Guy took it to the next level, and this year he decided to help with our #TeachersChangeLives campaign. How? By running the 20th Angkor Wat International Half Marathon! 
After some training he joined the run, and he asked everyone to help him to fundraise for our campaign. He had raised more than $700 and he is not stopping anytime soon!

He received the support from many people, and even his local newspaper featured his achievement!
We have almost reached our campaign goal now, and none of this would happen without the great help from volunteers like Guy, friends and supporters from around the world who believe in what we are doing and contribute to the campaign.
Our #‎Tea…

Donors of the Week

With the great help from our supporters, we are able to help thousands of village children get a quality education through our community preschools, primary schools, enrichment schools, and university scholarships. None of this would happen without supporters. And during this holiday season, we want to honor the people we are most thankful for... all our supporters. 
Meet Peter and Judy, two of our amazing supporters that have been part of Sustainable Cambodia family for a long time.

Why did you first give to Sustainable Cambodia (SC)?

We were looking for a charitable project which provided the opportunity to help community have safe fresh water so we helped with the water tanks this led us to the schools that had a direct involvement in the education of children.

What interests you most about SC's ? Why?

The involvement of the Rotary Club organisation gave us comfort that projects would be completed and our donations would be well spent.

Why do you continue to give to our organization…

Waste Management Initiative at SC campus

Trash is a problem everywhere; Cambodia is no exception. Rural Cambodia lacks an effective trash collection system, meaning that people must dispose of their own waste. This leads to a lot of trash on the ground, in the rivers and in the air. The best way to solve the “trash problem” is to give people other options, ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle their trash instead of dumping or burning it.
For the last couple of weeks, our International volunteer Hannah gave a presentation on waste management to the students at Sustainable Cambodia. The presentation focused on the idea that trash should not be thrown away, it is a resource that can be used again in a number of ways. One of which is recycling bottles, cans and paper to make new materials and composting food waste to make nutrient filled soil.
To apply the ideas from the presentation in a more meaningful, hands on way, the students helped paint fourteen recycling and compost bins with both Khmer and English lettering. The bins were …

Thanks for your amazing support on December 1st

Thanks to everyone that supported our ‪#‎TeachersChangeLives‬ campaign during ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬

During this giving day, we received $5,545 which will be matched by a generous supporter at the end of the campaign.
For those who don't know, #GivingTuesday is a global day where charities, families, businesses, students and people around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
And the numbers for this year are in: online donations reached $117 Million USD, with 70 countries participating! 
You can check the great infographic created by The Case Foundation.

This is the first year that Sustainable Cambodia joins this movement and we cannot be more grateful for the incredible support we received from people all over the world.
But our #‎TeachersChangeLives‬ campaign is still running until 31st December so there is plenty of time to make a difference and be part of something bigger than yourself:

Because inv…

Double Your Impact TODAY Only!

This is the first year that Sustainable Cambodia participates in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
On this special day we want to honor our teachers because they can give hope, opportunity and a better future for Cambodian students.
Join us today and give our students and teachers a reason to give thanks TWICE. Because a generous supporter will be matching ALL donations receive during Giving Tuesday.
Make your gift go twice as far now:
Investing in teachers is key to shaping the minds of the coming generations so they can gain the necessary skills to embrace new challenges and opportunities.
When you invest in a Teacher, you are investing in a BRIGHTER FUTURE for many Cambodian children.

Donors of the week

You may have seen that this holiday season we are honoring our teachers, because we believe that they have the ability to change the world... one child at a time. We believe that if we invest in teachers we are investing in a brighter future for Cambodia. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we also want to honor the people we are most thankful for... all our supporters. Our work would not be possible without the help of them. We are grateful to have people from all around the world that believe in our work and believe that together we can improve the quality of life of many Cambodian children and families. Geoff and Sue, have been part of Sustainable Cambodia family for a long time and this week we want to share their story with you.

Why did you first give to Sustainable Cambodia (SC)? We were looking for a charity to support that involved assisting children in poorer countries to have a better life. Because of Cambodia’s turbulent history, there were so many orphaned or disadvantaged ch…

Can you imagine a school without teachers?

Teachers can make a real difference to a student's success.
Teachers are one of the biggest influencers in a child's life. Investing in teachers is essential to providing quality education.
Sustainable Cambodia provides free education to Cambodian children to supplement state school. Our supplementary classes ensure that students receive the education they deserve.
Help us to equip our teachers with the resources, training and fair employment conditions necessary to make a lasting difference to the lives of our students, both now and in the future.
When you invest in a Teacher, you are investing in a BRIGHTER FUTURE for many Cambodian children.
The funds will be used for training, mentoring, and offering fair salaries to our teachers, who in turn will provide a positive impact on the lives of 1,500 Sustainable Cambodia students.

How a walk through a Florida neighborhood ended up in Cambodia

In 2000, Susan Mastin and Richard Allen were walking around their neighborhood in Florida. And it was there when they first met Bruce Lasky. The meeting led to friendship, and in 2002 Bruce went on a round-the-world travel adventure. One of the countries he visited was Cambodia. When Bruce arrived in Phnom Penh he met a woman who volunteered to drive him to the rural village where she grew up. That small village was Osdao, in Pursat. Bruce met many of the families from this village and saw first-hand the impoverished quality of life - consequences of the Khmer Rouge regime.
He was so taken by the conditions he found there that he emailed his family and friends asking if they would help him establish a small school. His mother, Sylvia Lasky, was the first to respond, saying she would sponsor a child if he promised her that 100% of the money would go to the school. That promise became one of the founding principles of what would become Sustainable Cambodia, and Bruce became the first vol…

Meet Sharon - Volunteer story

One of the things we love most about our work is that we get to meet many people from all over the world that are passionate about the causes we support. They come to Sustainable Cambodia to share their skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise with all our Cambodian staff, students and teachers. Their work is invaluable and we are grateful for having them as part of the Sustainable Cambodia team.
And we want to introduce them to you! This week we want you to meet Sharon Sykora, from United States. She was in Pursat in January 2015 and coming back in November to volunteer again!

Tell us about yourself in a sentence I am a retired Nurse Practitioner who feels strongly about “giving back” and also about challenging myself for continual growth.
What motivated you to volunteer in Cambodia? I visited Cambodia about 10 years ago as a tourist and the country touched me in a way nowhere else ever had. I have been involved in supporting SC ever since through purchasing a well and sponsoring girls…

Knowledge is Power

On September 2015, the United Nations launched 17 new #GlobalGoals for Sustainable Development. Global Goal 4 is quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Although World Bank estimates suggest that Cambodia achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty in 2009, there are still many challenges to address.
Human development, mainly in education and health, remains a priority for Cambodia. About 42% of children under 5 years old are malnourished and stunted. Youth (age group between 15 and 30 years old), makes up 33% of the population*, which represents a significant young labour force. An estimated 300,000 young Cambodians** enter the labour market every year, but often they do not have the required skills to meet the needs of the labour market. Therefore, equipping young people with quality education and skills is crucial to ensure that Cambodia moves towards improved equality and wealth for its citizens. The development of skilled human resources with…

No Point Going Halfway

In the year 2000, the United Nations established a set of 8 international development goals called Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with specific targets and dates for achieving them. All the 189 United Nations member states at that time and 23 international organizations committed to help to reach these goals by 2015:

1 - To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2 - To achieve universal primary education 3 - To promote gender equality 4 - To reduce child mortality 5 - To improve maternal health 6 - To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases 7 - To ensure environmental sustainability 8 - To develop a global partnership for development
During the last 15 years, a great progress was made towards these goals: 43 million more kids go to schools Over 2 billion more people get clean drinking water 28% of the world was living in extreme poverty (people living on less than $1.25 a day) in the year 2000, but today in 2015 that number has halved But there is still a lot of work to do, and there…

September Inspiration - Success story for our Preschools

This month we would like to share a success story from the field. Begoña Iturregui was one of our on-site volunteers in Pursat for 7 months. During her time with us, she participated in different projects, mainly related to education. Her main focus was teaching English and conducting science workshops in the SLMS school in Pursat town. Students loved her workshops and had a lot of fun doing experiments. However, it was during her visits to different preschools that she realized that small children were having some urgent needs.

Thanks to research we now know that the first six years of a child's life are key for the development of the human brain. But to be able to reach it's full capacity, the brain needs to be nurtured from an early age. Unfortunately, parents in Cambodia struggle to provide their children with this much needed education before they start attending school so children lack of cognitive stimulus. That is why Sustainable Cambodia supports a number of community …

A brighter future for students in Kravanh district

One of the main problems with students dropping-out of school is poverty. In the surrounding areas of Phnum Kravanh district, one of Sustainable Cambodia's more remote locations, poverty is widespread and many families cannot afford to buy school supplies for their children, provide transportation for children that live far away from the school, or afford supplementary classes if the child needs it.
To help those rural students to stay in school and developed, in 2008 Sustainable Cambodia, with the helped of the TRIVANI Foundation, opened "The Kravanh Bright Future Center" (KBFC). This was the first expansion of SC Education Program beyond the Sylvia Lasky Memorial School in Pursat Town. 
KBFC is an after school education center where students receive free supplementary classes, school supplies, study materials, and bicycles so they can attend classes. 
In 2008, KBFC started with 2 teachers and 85 students, but with the help of our sponsors and supporters, now it has 6 full…

More than 80 young Students are now First Aid Experts

During the first week of August, whilst on official school vacation, 80 students aged between 6 and 11 came into school to participate in first aid classes.
The workshop was conducted by British first aid trainer and registered nurse, Steph Kemp, who is currently travelling through Cambodia. Steph, who made a stop at the Sylvia Lasky campus on Monday stated that "first aid is the first response to an accident, the actions taken in this time are vital and can often mean the difference between a treatable injury and long-term suffering."
“Accidents can happen to anyone, children are not immune to injuries, nor can we be certain that they may never be faced with a situation that demands their help. Teaching first aid skills equips them with the skills to be able to react in the event of an injury.”
Students were taught how to clean cuts and the importance of a sterile area. Following the theory section of the training students were given the opportunity to practice bandaging arms …