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The Class of 2017

Posted on Feb 2, 2017

The Class of 2017

August 2017 will be the biggest 6th grade graduating class yet- 89 from Spitler and 28 from Kurata! The students are all working hard to make sure they pass their exams and we expect that 90% of them will move on to middle school. Over the years, as families have begun to see the value of educating their children, the percentage of kids continuing to middle school has doubled. We are so happy that so many of the children will be attending the new Steven Mazujian Secondary School school nearby. Can you help us continue the tradition of providing our graduates with new bicycles?...

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Clean Water for Ang Chagn Village

Posted on Feb 2, 2017

Clean Water for Ang Chagn Village

The new filtered water tank funded by Planet Water and iFlix is a big hit! Not only can the students refill their water bottles with clean water (one less plastic bottle for the landfill!) but, the villagers can take advantage of it as well. Now, instead of getting water from the nearby polluted river, or having to boil well water, on Saturday and Sunday, about 50 local families bring their containers and fill them up with safe, clean water. We are grateful for Planet Water’s sustainability plan as well. They’ve trained the school staff has on how to check and clean the filters and they...

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Spitler School’s First College Students!

Posted on Feb 2, 2017

Spitler School’s First College Students!

We are so proud of Soa Mith and Toch Dina! Thanks to a generous donation from Brenda Davis, both students are in their first year of Paññāsāstra University in Siem Reap. Mith, 18, who attended Spitler school from Grades 3 to 6, is 18 years old and studying computer science. He currently lives alone in Ang Chagn village – his father passed away when he was young and his mother is currently working in Thailand. Although she earns very little there, she manages to send just enough money back to Cambodia so that Mith can buy food and other supplies while he focuses on his studies. Dina, also 18,...

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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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