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Farewell to Our Great Volunteers

Posted on Jul 13, 2017

Farewell to Our Great Volunteers

Spitler School sadly said goodbye to a couple of amazing volunteers. Jim Latt has been providing his educational expertise, sound advice, and hard work for almost seven years. Jim has decided to relocate to Europe, but we will know where to reach him, and we hope he will always be “on call.” We wish him nothing but the best in the future and will always be grateful for his immeasurable contributions to Spitler School. We also bid farewell to Lisa Hoffmeyer, who has completed a third stint as a volunteer at Spitler School. We hope that she will find her way back to Cambodia in the future and...

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Graduation is Coming! – August 31st

Posted on Jul 13, 2017

Graduation is Coming! – August 31st

Our first graduation class was 27 students in 2010. That year we asked our donors to help us raise funds so that we could provide each of those graduates with the means to continue their education at a government middle school. To attend middle school each student need a bicycle for transportation, a school uniform with closed toed shoes, and some basic school supplies. Of that original class most finished middle school, several finished high school, and three of them are attending a university. Because of the generosity of our donors we have been able to continue this tradition with every...

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Starkey Hearing Foundation Visit

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Starkey Hearing Foundation Visit

Spitler School was pleased to receive a visit from representatives of the Starkey Hearing Foundation in May. According to Foundation’s website and the World Health Organization, more than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, with the greatest prevalence living in developing countries. Most cannot afford hearing aids or even have access to the care they need. Teachers at the school identified six children they thought may have hearing issues and the Starkey team came out to conduct some examinations. At first the kids were a bit nervous about the whole experience even though  one...

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Sondra’s Experience at Spitler School

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Sondra’s Experience at Spitler School

~Sondra Murphy, Librarian, Massachusetts, USA I fell in love with Cambodia on an impromptu visit to Siem Reap two years ago.  I was only in Siem Reap for one week, but I never forgot the sights, smells, and smiles I encountered. After returning to my job in the States, I would sit in my office and day dream about returning to Cambodia. I wanted to volunteer and give back to the people who had so touched my heart. Every day on my lunch break I would scour the internet for work or volunteer opportunities offered by trusted NGO’s, but there weren’t very many available. I found the...

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Kitty’s Workshop

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Kitty’s Workshop

A big challenge  facing our English teachers is providing meaningful instruction to  students with varying levels of English proficiency within each classroom. We were very fortunate to have Kitty Johnson volunteer her time on a Saturday morning to share some creative techniques with the English teachers from Spitler and Kurata schools.  Kitty is one of four English Language Fellows sponsored by the US Embassy in Cambodia. Her host institution in Siem Reap is the Center for Khmer studies, where she teaches a class in Academic English for archaeologists and historians hoping to study in an...

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Chlong Reoun (Sarin’s Mother)

Posted on May 4, 2017

Chlong Reoun (Sarin’s Mother)

Chlong Reoun will be celebrating her 84th birthday this year! Chlong Reuon married her husband, Chea Reth sometime in the 1960s and the couple  had nine children. The family lived in the countryside and worked as rice farmers, fished and sold vegetables in the market.  Although Sarin’s mother never went to school, she had skills in budgeting and managing money for the family. Reth was educated and served as a  soldier in the Non Lol government party until the Khmer Rouge  regime. The hardships the family endured during this time are hard to imagine. When asked to recall some happy times with...

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