Did you know that one out of every three Cambodians does not have access to clean water? Because access to clean water is critical to the health of our students and their families, we are incredibly grateful for Kids Play International (KPI) and Planet Water’s initiative to bring a more permanent source of clean water to Kurata School. Through KPI’s fundraising campaign and coordination with Planet Water, KPI facilitated the construction of the new water purification system on the campus. Similar such systems are already in place at the Spitler School and Stephen Mazujian Middle School.
We continue to support the community with food distributions to the most vulnerable families, who are unable to work or generate any income. We have allocated over $10,000 to food donations and we anticipate that this need will continue.
If you would like to assist us in continuing our food distribution program, please send your tax-deductible donation to: Spitler School Foundation, 14662 N. 15th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85023, OR click the donation button below to donate using our PayPal portal.
Cambodia started 2021 with under 500 cases of COVID-19, however, this number has increased to over 35,000 in recent months. As a result, the government closed all schools again in April and has instituted many lock-downs, further diminishing any economic activity in the country.
While we are hopeful that the vaccine program will be ramped up in the Siem Reap area, we anticipate that our schools will remain closed for at least another six weeks.
However, our students, teachers, and staff continue to persevere. Many of our teachers are on our campuses on a daily basis to meet with students and parents to distribute homework and collect completed assignments. Because we value the talents and ongoing work of our teachers and staff, and due to the economic impact this pandemic has had on them, Spitler School Foundation continues to provide our teachers and staff salaries and salary supplements to our schools. Although our school director, Chea Sarin, reports that some families have moved away from our villages in efforts to find employment due to the Covid-19 crisis, through your donations we will continue to do all that we can to maintain education and stability during this time.