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Welcome Back Lisa Hoffmeyer!

Posted on Jan 8, 2017

Welcome Back Lisa Hoffmeyer!

We are thrilled with the return of a former volunteer, Lisa Hoffmeyer. Lisa volunteered for six months in 2014, helping in a number of ways, but especially with the English programs. We really appreciate Lisa returning to share her time and talents with the staff and students. We asked Lisa to share her story about how she got “hooked” by Cambodia and the work of Spitler School. “I am thrilled to be back in Siem Reap for my second time volunteering at Spitler and Kurata schools! Like Danny and Pam Spitler, I was fortunate to have Chea Sarin as my guide while vacationing in...

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Catching Up with Kim Thon

Posted on Jan 8, 2017

Catching Up with Kim Thon

In 2010 Sarin and our volunteer, Ashley McDonald, learned about one of our students who was deathly ill.  Little Kim Thon, lives across the road from the school’s entrance, and her family was desperately trying to save her life with local remedies and herbs. Sarin got Kim and her mother to the Angkor Children’s hospital, where surgery was performed saving her life. Sarin and I stopped in to see Kim and her family, and to my surprise I found a grownup, healthy Kim Thon. She is a sixth grade student at Spitler School this year, and she tells me she is making good grades. We love...

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First-Hand Report from Danny Spitler

Posted on Jan 8, 2017

First-Hand Report from Danny Spitler

I am really pleased to be writing this article from Cambodia where I have been visiting the school and the staff for the last several days.  I was also honored to participate in the dedication ceremony of the Stephen Mazujian middle school, which is located near Spitler School and will be a great benefit to the graduating students at Spitler and Kurata Schools. We are very grateful to our fellow NGO, Global ADE, and its inspirational leader, Kenny King, for their tremendous vision and willingness to build this school. We share our own visionary leader, Chea Sarin, with Global ADE. He...

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A Wedding That’s Impacting Lives at Spitler School

Posted on Nov 27, 2016

A Wedding That’s Impacting Lives at Spitler School

We are very grateful to Caryn and Howard Unger along with their family and friends whose donations made it possible to build a new classroom on the campus of Spitler School. Caryn and Howard used their recent nuptials to raise funds for the new classroom. Caryn shared with us, “Philanthropy is very important to both of us. In thinking about our wedding, we knew we wanted to be able to do something meaningful that would have an impact on others. That goal was the motivation behind having our guests donate to charity rather than giving us gifts. We offered to match the donations dollar for...

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iFlix Water Tower Brings Celebration to the Whole Village

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

iFlix Water Tower Brings Celebration to the Whole Village

In 2005, Danny & Pam Spitler made a small donation to drill a water well for a family in Cambodia. Eleven years later Spitler School has collaborated with IFLIX and Planet Water to provide clean water for almost 800 students at Spitler School and their families. It has been an amazing journey from a little well to a large elementary school. Access to clean water continues to be a significant health problem especially in rural areas of Cambodia. We are extremely grateful to IFLIX and their employees, who not only provided funding for the water tank and filtering system, but several of...

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Wedding Bells Build a New Classroom!

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

Wedding Bells Build a New Classroom!

This classroom is being made possible through the generosity of the friends and family of Caryn and Howard Unger of New York. We congratulate Caryn and Howard on their recent marriage, and we are very grateful that they used this occasion to raise the funds needed to build, equip, and to staff this new classroom. The classroom will occupy the last available classroom space on the campus, and was sorely needed as we are expecting a record number of students to begin the new school year on November 1. We look forward to sharing more about this exciting project in our November newsletter....

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