We are now the Sala Monkey English School of Kep!

So, a lot has happened since we last met. My apologies for the lack of updates to our social media. We’ve been without working internet for several months. Great news though, we have had a very generous sponsor come to our rescue. Thanks to One Degree Forward we have purchased a new computer, printer and accessories and have started equipping our Sala Monkey Computer Learning Center.  You may have also noticed that we have changed our name. Part of my teaching philosophy is to empower the children to help make decisions regarding their curriculum, etc., and after a lengthy roundtable discussion that included “Kep School of Ice Cream” we finally settled on the Sala Monkey English School of Kep. For the benefit of our older (and slightly embarrassed) students who attend during the evenings, we will also be known as the “Little Village School of Kep.”

Along with our new computer learning center, we will be creating a new website/blog that will be created and maintained by the students.

Thank you again for the support!

Teacher Tracy

Meet Our Students…

Yesterday, I began enrolling the children for Summer lessons. My goal is for the children to achieve a nearly elementary level of English before the full curriculum starts in October. Judging by their faces, I’d say we’re off to a great start! We still need some generous donors to help us reach our funding goal though. To help support the “Little Kep Learner’s Academy” please visit http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers

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Our Progress

We’ve made quite a bit of progress this past week! The classroom is nearly painted and we’ve installed a shiny new whiteboard and world map. Truth be told though, we are currently in desperate need of meeting our funding goal in order to complete our renovation which includes installing a new tile floor and painting the exterior. Our most critical need is purchasing desks and chairs for the students. The remaining list of needs include…desks/chairs (20 students), textbooks, writing paper, pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, dictionaries, construction paper, scissors, rulers, glue, art supplies, backpacks, school uniforms, and a rice cooker in order to provide the children with a daily lunch. We are not a large NGO, there are no salaries to pay other than hiring a few local teachers. I’m just a teacher who decided to build a school for some amazingly resilient children in Cambodia who happen to be living in poverty. To donate, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers

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#MalalaDay

“One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world” -Malala Yousafzai

In honor of #MalalaDay and every child’s right to education, you can help us build a school here in Cambodia. We’ve recently leased a small schoolhouse located in the Kep Province of Cambodia that will provide a quality education for hundreds of pre-school and primary age children living in extreme poverty. There’s no doubt that our little school will continue to pay it forward by developing future teachers, mentors, and leaders. The renovations are nearly complete and we are currently in the process of acquiring school supplies for the students. The items needed are: textbooks, pens, pencils, markers, backpacks, folders, writing paper, construction paper, colored pencils, art supplies, desks, rice cooker, etc., Also, funding donations are gladly accepted as well. My goal is to provide free innovative education, employ local teachers, and help to meet the children’s nutritional needs. Thank you for supporting The Little Kep Learner’s Academy!

Online donations:

http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers

Physical donations:

Visal Sak Guesthouse Kep, Cambodia
C/O Tracy Stettler

The Glass Is Half Full – 50% Funded

I would like to give a big warm (sampeah) Cambodian greeting and thank you to the following supporters:

Donors: Linda Stansberry, Deona Garthwaite Berge, Krystal Phillips, Charmyne Pendleton Cyr, Nancy Rink, Stacy Burghgraef, Yumiko Kojima Stettler, Jani Anderson Collins, Trisha Geisel Brown, Don Catalog, Flaun Mancini, Mindy Cornelison Moore, Tara Vatos, Alexis Vayda, Tiffany Tuer, Reeva Stettler, Vernelle Mackbee, Allison Donnelly Pirrie, Ellen Rothery, Max, Inga, Linda Coyle, Penny Walker, Kym Kemp, Mahroz Nakhaie, Robert Kissel, Andrea Lara

Social Media Support: Cambodian American Soccer AssociationLaura Mam Music – Triple A Cambodia

I’m really beyond grateful for the support that we’ve received so far in order to get our funding to the 50% mark of $1,175 ($2,000) but it’s absolutely essential for us to meet our goal in order to open our doors by the end of July. We’re beginning the process of enrolling the students but won’t be able to give them an official start date until we meet our funding goal. The children come to the school everyday and spend the entire day with me, helping paint or just hanging out together and unlike a lot of kids that I know, these kids actually want to start studying. The children in the village are poor – extremely poor. They do not attend school because of the distance or inability to afford a school uniform and they lack basic hygiene, having a single change of clothes (if that) and a lack of proper nutrition. All issues that will be addressed with the assistance of our funding support. The reality of our situation is that we desperately need additional funding support right now in order to meet our $2,000 goal. If you would like to donate, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers

Thank you again for your incredible support!

Tracy