Ready, Set, Learn.
Hello lovely people,
First of all, we would like to thank all of you that donated to Sarou's GoFundMe campaign over the past month. With your help, we've been able to kick-start free English classes at the village's rest house, where approximately 200 students gather every day to learn. With your donations, Sarou purchased school books, white boards, little tables, a 1000 liter water container, electricity for light during evening classes, and a fence to keep the kids safe from the nearby river.
Sarou has accomplished a tremendous amount of work over the past week. He organized several meetings in Rolous - with over 100 kids, with over 30 parents, with leaders of the village and leaders of the commune, and with a member of the APSARA Authority. The APSARA Authority is the entity that decides whether or not we will receive a building permit, since the land Sarou is donating is still within UNESCO territory due to its proximity to the temples.
During the meetings, Sarou explained the importance of education to the children and their parents by inviting his friend and work colleague, Mr. Kosal Chet, to share his personal experiences on how learning English has helped him out of poverty. They also took a school photograph of every registered student for our records. After the meetings, Sarou provided all attendees with noodle soup as a thank you for listening.
Classes now run four times a day in one-hour sessions and are taught by two Cambodian teachers who are kind enough to volunteer their time. The teachers, Nimol and Kim, check students' attendance every day and are starting to host family interviews in order to provide a holistic and fruitful learning experience. The class at 5:30pm is currently the most popular, with over 80 kids wanting to learn at once. We really can't wait to offer smaller class sizes and bigger classrooms to further enhance the quality of their learning experience in 2018!
Sarou will be back in the village next month, and until then we will be working on admin-related things so that we can apply for a building permit with the APSARA Authority soon.
Thank you dear followers and donors for your ongoing support. And thank you Sarou, Nimol and Kim, for taking care of everything on location!
Lots of love,
Hannah & Natascha