Timeline

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Cambodia Tomorrow was formed in 2002 by four families who had adopted children from KSOC and wanted to contribute to the well-being of the children at the orphanage. The orphanage director requested English instruction to give the children additional skills leading to better jobs and opportunities. For our first five years, students attended Newtown School, a for-profit English school in Kompong Speu. After evaluating the students’ progress, Cambodia Tomorrow decided to hire our own teachers, develop a curriculum and build a school. The Cambodia Tomorrow School opened on December 3rd, 2008. The school houses two large classrooms, a computer lab and teacher’s office. Many thanks to the Wisniewski family, who named the school and chose our motto “Growth, Hope, Success” to honor the first names of their three children George, Henry and Shannon, and to our sponsors who contributed to the two classrooms – now called the Sheila and Gary Pompan Classroom and the Julian and Rachel Sirkin Classroom.

Cambodia Tomorrow History

2002

  • Cambodia Tomorrow founded
  • Began sponsorship program
  • Sent first 24 children to Newtown School for English classes

2003

  • Began Basic Needs Program at Kompong Speu Orphan Center
  • Expanded Basic Needs Program to include Cham Chao Orphan Center

2004

  • English class enrollment increased to 41 students
  • Sent 17 children at Cham Chao to preschool
  • Medical care provided for all children at Cham Chao

2005

  • First KSOC students attend University in Phnom Penh – one through Sharing Foundation, three funded by Cambodia Tomorrow
  • First students enrolled in vocational programs – motorcycle repair and electrian training
  • Opened Future Hope Preschool at Cham Chao
  • Supplied emergency medical funding
  • Prum Rim received brace and physical therapy through efforts of volunteer Mary Swanson and Cambodia Trust
  • 45 children in English program

2006

  • Cham Chao Orphan Center closed. Moved special needs children to Palm Tree Foundation
  • Funded surgery to Cham Chao child with severe burns
  • One more student enrolled in university
  • 60 children in English program;12 children taking computer classes
  • Room to Read contributed 100 books to the KSOC library
  • Funded Hepatitis vaccinations for all residents at KSOC

2007

  • All students tested for English proficiency with the Australian Centre for Education (ACE)
  • Kicked off capital campaign for building fund
  • Began funding “Short Course” tutoring for high school students
  • 70 children in English program

2008

  • Pilot English language program started at KSOC
  • Contributors donated 65 English and English/Cambodian dictionaries during dictionary drive
  • University students made pilgrimage trip to Angkor Wat
  • Received 30 XO computers from One Laptop Per Child/Cambodia P.R.I.D.E
  • December 8, 2008 Cambodia Tomorrow School opened at KSOC

2009

  • Teachers attended CamTesol (Cambodia: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference – now an annual event
  • First five community students attended the Cambodia Tomorrow School sponsored by EAA
  • Fill our Suitcases fundraiser provided 200 pairs of jeans and comic books
  • First University students graduated

2010

  • XO laptops implemented in all classrooms
  • Student tutors assigned to help other students in peer teaching program
  • University students found jobs post-graduation
  • Cambodia Tomorrow School grew to 90 students

2011

  • Three high school graduates enrolled in university, sponsored by the Sharing Foundation
  • 2011-12 School year started with a Green Party, preparing vegetables grown at the school
  • Cambodia Tomorrow introduced internet access to the school
  • 23 community children enrolled at Cambodia Tomorrow School
  • Havens School and Avery von Herrmann donated library of over 1000 books

2012

  • Cambodia Tomorrow School students skyped with classroom in the United States
  • Hur Thinearng promoted to Assistant School Administrator
  • New teacher and classroom helper hired
  • Two more KSOC high school graduates entered University
  • Opened office in Kompong Speu
  • Cambodia Tomorrow School enrollment increased to 125 students
  • Cambodia Tomorrow celebrates its tenth anniversary!

 2013

  • Student Outstanding Achievement Awards created and certificates handed to 6 students
  • Bat Mitzvah project raised funds for Cambodia Tomorrow
  • 4 Students graduated from high school
  • Internet access introduced to the Cambodia Tomorrow School

2014

  • 7 Students finished High School
  • 3 Students were accepted to University
  • 4 Students were placed in post-high school vocational training
  • 9 Students enrolled in a new preschool English curriculum
  • 300 sets of school uniforms and school supplies were distributed
  • New teachers and classroom assistant hired
  • Community student enrollment topped 45 students

2015

  • Sum Serey Ratanak, Cambodia Tomorrow School student returns to teach

2016

  • Cambodia Tomorrow School closes at end of 2015-16
  • Project Khmer H.O.P.E. retains teachers to run school at K.S.O.C.