Cambodia Tomorrow is Concluding Our Programs in 2016
September 3, 2016
Dear Friends, Sponsors and Supporters,
As many of you know, Cambodia Tomorrow is ending our programming this month with the completion of the 2015-16 school year. Our decision-making spanned 9 months and you can read the letter to our supporters here.
We are happy that our school, including curriculum and teachers, will continue at Kompong Speu Orphan Center under the direction of Project Khmer H.O.P.E., a Singapore-based NGO. Project Khmer H.O.P.E. (Anglican) Centre, Chbarmorn provides vocational skills training for up to 120 youths, annually and provides childcare for a third of the 100+ children at the adjoining Seeds of Hope Orphanage / Childcare.
It has been an educational and rewarding 14 years, and it is with a mixture of sadness and satisfaction that we are ending our programs. The students are in good hands and our teachers are well-trained. We wish them all the best.
Over the years we have provided education at the primary, secondary and college level, immunizations, field trips, nanny salaries, uniforms and clothing, celebrations and monthly supplies of rice to the residents of KSOC. We opened the doors to community students living with their families and ran a robust English program from preschool through high school. We provided XO and Windows computers and instruction, as well as internet access. We connected families in the US with children at the orphanage through our sponsorship program. We provided opportunities for university and vocational school to our graduates.
We did all this with your financial support, encouragement and engagement. It is hard to say goodbye, but we believe that the time has come. Thank you for making it possible.
It is said that the best way to enter a country is through its customs. We would like to send our thanks to the innumerable Khmer individuals and organizations who welcomed us and taught us about their country with incredible grace and forbearance. Our friends in Cambodia guided and coached us on culturally appropriate solutions, ensuring that we were meeting the needs of our students in the best way possible. It is with gratitude that we take that lesson on perspective with us.
Elizabeth Gullam, Cathy MacNeal,
Scott Nichols and Wendy Wisniewski