Sarou was born and raised in Roluos, where his family still lives today. He was one of only two students that completed a secondary education in town, where he then stayed on to become a state teacher. A couple years later, Sarou switched careers and has since then worked in the travel and tourism industry, guiding people across Southeast Asia. When he is not working, he spends his time with his wife and two sons in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“When I go home to visit my village, I feel like people look poorer than before because parents do not care about sending their kids to school – it is also harder for rural families to pay for their children’s education. I inherited land from my father that I would like to donate to support the villagers in learning English and other life skills. I really want to see kids get better education so they can study hard, follow their dreams and teach their parents, brothers and sisters to help the community as a whole.”
Management & Fundraising
Natascha and Hannah
Natascha and Hannah are in charge of planning the school design and curriculum, constructing the school buildings and sustaining Roots Cambodia during its early phase. The two are in the process of founding a non-profit society in Germany, devoted to promoting sustainable education, which also acts as the primary sponsor of Roots Cambodia. Both Natascha and Hannah firmly believe that community-centric education is a vital ingredient for a successful future.
"We envision a school that is sustainable - both in terms of architecture/the resources used to build the space, as well as in its curricular set up. We hope to create a space for the community of Roluos to come together, engage and learn in a way that helps them use sustainable thinking to create a brighter future."
Architecture & Design
Ines and Greg
Ines and Greg are the architects in charge of creating the space that will inspire students to learn and the community to come together. The two founded Taller KEN - a New York and Guatemala based architecture practice - in 2013. Their work focuses on playful design with social and cultural relevancy.
"When asked to join this amazing project, Siem Reap was as foreign to us as anything, but within hours of visiting Roluos and the surrounding villages we felt familiar and at ease with the place and people. Our approach to the project is to draw inspiration from local building traditions ranging from Buddhist temples to silt houses, all while maintaining a close relationship to the existing environment."