CCSPUK was founded in August 2018 to respond to a need for schools in remote areas of Northern Cambodia. In the UK, Paul and Liz Deacon have set an ambitious target to fund and then visit at their own expense a project, managed by Khen Cambodia – www.khencambodia.org – who have successfully completed six schools and the latest was opened on 1 November 2018. The schools also form a new community centre for local inhabitants with adult evening classes. We have included more information about Khen in this website. We need to raise £20,000 before April 2019 to build two schools and we will pay our own costs and expenses to visit the area of Samlout near Battambang in October 2019 for as long as necessary. All money raised will go directly to the construction of the schools. Please may we have your help to achieve our goal?
Disability is viewed as a stigma in Cambodia and, as a Chartered Physiotherapist with nearly 40 years experience, Liz will offer training to the parents of disabled children in remote communities. As a former career banker, Paul’s role is to deal with the administrative, financial and fund-raising side of the venture and he will work alongside Mark in supervising the building of the schools. By investing directly into Khen Cambodia’s project, CCSPUK gives a direct route from the UK to help children to have an education which they would otherwise forego and we will will report back on progress through this website and our Facebook page.
Cambodia is an agricultural country and a third of the population under the age of 15 lives in rural areas. Following the defeat of Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot in 1998, Cambodia has started from scratch to rebuild its education system. In 2017 it had the lowest level of education attainment of the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN). A lack of local facilities means that children cannot get to government schools either because they are too young to walk or are needed by their parents to work at least part time. Older students can walk or cycle to state schools, but they are so far behind that they often don’t bother and their parents cannot afford the unofficial ‘fees’ that teachers often levy. Low salaries and job status mean that for many primary teachers, their job is what they can get, rather than a vocation.
The area was once heavily forested but has been opened up for settlement by poor families migrating from other provinces. In such remote locations, villages are accessed by tractors or motorcycles. Even four-wheel drive vehicles struggle to reach some places. The local education authority does not have funds to build community schools and some parents pay a secondary school graduate to conduct classes under a tree. Currently, though, there are no schools in the region.
How can you help? Donate cash through our Justgiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ccspuk
If you would like to volunteer or give corporate donations of services or skills please write to Paul and Liz through the contact page.