The Loyalties of our Sustaining Donors

Spitler School has been blessed by the financial support of hundreds of donors. Their gifts have ranged from large to small, but each has made a real impact on the lives of Spitler School children.

We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize a special group of donors who have made a monthly long-term commitment to our program. It does not matter the amount they donate, but the fact that they have made a commitment to SSF to donate monthly is a special enduring dedication that lifts our spirits each month and is note-worthy. It also allows us to better plan for long-term programs knowing we will have the funding from our sustaining donors.

So, this is a special “thank you” to Theresa, Lief, Sally, Lisa, Sandra, Natalie, and Justin for their monthly commitment and being special friends of Spitler School.

Loyalty of Family

Our dedicated partner organization, Kids Play International (KPI) recently held a Play Fair Workshop with the goal of teaching families to create more gender equitable homes for their children. The workshop implemented fun, interactive activities, including partner water balloon tosses which practiced asking for and receiving consent, and games that required the parents to strategize rules to make them more equitable for everyone.

Through these games, and deep discussions throughout the workshop, the parents were able to create “household” gender equity rules that create fair opportunities for both their sons and daughters. Over 45 parents participated in the workshop, demonstrating their loyalty to their children and recognizing the importance of fair play, even at home.

Road Scholars Remain Loyal to Spitler School

We were thrilled to welcome back our loyal group of Road Scholars to Spitler School. Road Scholars have been visiting the SSF campuses since 2008, but the pandemic severely restricted travel to Cambodia for over 2 ½ years.

The people who travel with Road Scholar are not tourists, they are travelers. So, it is no surprise that they were one of the first groups to travel back to Cambodia to visit our schools. They are curious to learn, respectful of cultures, and they are passionate about travel. Road Scholar tours are “educational travel” focused, and while they visit our schools we share stories of our schools’ history, the impacts of our teachers, and we welcome the Road Scholars’ insightful questions. As with most visitors to our school, we like to schedule visits around recess so not to interrupt classes, but also so visitors can experience the energy and playfulness of our students. And we also cannot thank them enough for the school supplies they are so generous to give to our schools.

Many of our most loyal supporters have been Road Scholar visitors, whose short time on our campus inspired them share our story and become a part of the Spitler School family.