We’re Painting A School!

I finally signed the lease and received the keys to the schoolhouse this past week, and it was an amazing feeling to say the least. When I arrived on the first day to start cleaning and prepping the school, I was greeted by children – parents – grandparents – aunts – uncles – and even a few cows. Needless to say, everyone was excited to have a look inside. I also received several questions from the parents about the education that the children will be receiving, all of which I happily answered in my limited Khmer.

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As soon as I got to work cleaning the walls, I was joined by an elderly woman who lives in the village and several of the children. All eagerly helping me clean with a sense of pride, knowing this school is an investment in their future.

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I’ve been at the school the entire week and the children have literally been waiting on the doorstep (everyday) for me to arrive. Today, with the help of one of my very kind secondary students who served as a translator, I was able to answer even more of their questions. It’s now the end of week 1 and the renovation list is pretty long but manageable. We have reached 50% of our funding goal ($1,175) but it’s crucial that we meet the overall goal of $2,000 in order to equip the school. The first half of our budget is being used for the long term lease and current renovations and the second half of the budget will go towards purchasing desks, chairs, educational materials, etc., I’m desperately seeking individual and corporate sponsors who are interested in investing in the future of hundreds of kids living in poverty here in Cambodia and my goal is to have the doors open and the children learning by the end of July. If you would like to help us reach our goal, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers to make a donation.

Thank you for your incredible support!

Tracy

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I hadn’t planned on a cobalt blue floor, but good thing we had already planned on installing tile! As we say in Cambodia, “OK, no problem.”

I’m Building A School…

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This is my vision for the school design. Pretty cool, huh? Want to help me get the school open by July 1st? Donate $5! Our little schoolhouse is going to provide a free Western style education for over 120 deserving kids living in poverty here in Kep, Cambodia. So far, our combined online/offline donations total $1,175 and we are halfway to our $2,000 goal! Thank you for the continued support and please visit http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers to make a donation and to make a difference.

Supporting Global Education

I’m happy to announce that my online career site (visualmerchjobs.com) will now be donating 100% of its profits to fund global education projects and we will be starting of course with the Little Kep Learner’s Academy here in Cambodia. All profits from job advertisements, job searches and general advertising support will be donated directly to our current education project.  We still need a lot of help though to raise the funds we desperately need to open the school here in Cambodia and any donation big or small will help us to educate 100’s of kids here in Kep. To make a direct donation http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers

#DREAMBIG Project

I’ve started a #DREAMBIG project with my secondary school students here in Kep.  I want my students to dream big and to believe in a bright future. Although the school that I am building will serve to educate the primary school students during the day, it will give all students (regardless of age) access to FREE tutoring in the evening. The tutoring will cover a wide range of subjects and will provide the students with the additional skills they need to be successful in achieving their goals. The tutoring will also help the students to develop better reading skills, effective study habits, learning more about the career fields they wish to pursue, etc., The children in Cambodia have the same hopes and dreams as all other children across the globe. It’s only a lack of funding and proper education that serves as a barrier.  Follow the #DREAMBIG project on Instagram at #educatekepkids and help us build a school and a bright future for the kids of Kep! Please make a donation at http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers

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It’s A Wrap! Authentic Cambodian Krama Scarf Giveaway

What only takes $1 to win and
has better odds of winning than the lottery? It’s our “It’s A Wrap” Krama Scarf giveaway. Every dollar donated towards helping to build our school will receive an entry to win an authentic Cambodian Krama Scarf. Once our funding goal has been met, 4 lucky winners will be selected at random. It’s a win win!  Thank you for your support and good luck. http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers

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Photo: http://www.goodkrama.com

It Takes A Village To Educate A Village

We’ve won half the battle! Although we’ve raised $600 out of the $2,000 needed to open the school. Currently, we only have the funding to lease the building. My goal in opening the primary school in Kep is to give the children a place to study that provides them with inspiration for learning. That’s why it’s so important to meet our funding goals in order to set up the school properly before we start to enroll the students. During the past few weeks, I’ve reached out to several large corporations whose products and/or humanitarian efforts align with our teaching philosophy at The Little Kep Learners Academy. Trying to convince large companies to participate in a small education project in Cambodia is no easy task but I have faith we can find at least one who’s willing to step up and help us make a positive impact on the lives of 100’s of children. It takes a village to educate a village and every donation makes a huge difference $1, $5, $10, $20. Thank you for your support! http://www.gofundme.com/2fpers