During our homestay in Preah Rumkel, we organized an English-language and volleyball camp for students at the Anlungsvay Primary School. We also spearheaded a Schools-Helping-Schools (SHS) community service project—to help build water storage tanks to provide water so that students can use the bathrooms, which were previously kept in locks because water wasn’t available to flush the toilet.

The school was built in 2013 with a donation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is loosely modeled on the U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer service. The school has around 120 students in grades 1-6 (one class per grade) and four teachers, including the principal. The classrooms have no electricity, and the school library had no books when our P4Y 2016 group visited last summer. However, thanks to the children’s book donations made by our 2016 participants and staff, we were able to stock the library with over 100 books.

Last summer, our group also worked with community members to transform a barren schoolyard into a fun play space, with colorful playground equipment and volleyball nets for students and community members’ ongoing enjoyment.

Through “Schools-helping-Schools” funding support from our participants’ schools, we were able to raise enough money for the 2017 P4Y program to return to Preah Rumkel and Anlungsvay Primary School to carry out these projects. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to help with future projects. On the donation page, where it asks for DESIGNATION, please select “Other” and write in “AsiaPacificEd-P4Y Cambodia” in the box provided.