Cambodia is still, in many aspects, one of the least developed countries in Southeast Asia. Development is not evenly distributed in the country, and many rural communities remain predominantly poverty-stricken as corruption and self-interest impede the country’s growth.
Damnak Thmey Village is located in Ta Kong Commune, Malai District, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia. The village has a population of 1,037 residents living in 248 households. The majority of the residents rely on subsistence farming and plantation work to earn a living.
Damnak Thmey Primary School, founded in 2001, caters to primary school students aged five to 12 years old and employs ten teachers (five females and five males).
The school currently consists of two buildings with six classrooms for 257 students (119 girls, 138 boys). One of the buildings, built-in 2015, is a concrete building comprising of three classrooms. This building is still in good condition and considered as safe.
However, the second building, including three classrooms as well, was made of wood in 2006. The wood has become severely rotten, and the building is on the verge of collapse.
This building is in dire need of replacement as it poses a significant safety risk to both students and teachers. Additionally, the number of students has significantly increased and will most likely continue to do so in the future.
To address this situation, we will support Damnak Thmey Village to construct one new concrete school building with four fully furnished classrooms to replace the dilapidated wooden building.
It will allow the students to learn in a safe and motivating environment, encouraging them to finish their primary education. This new building will also provide teachers and students with a more productive learning space. It will emphasize the importance of education to the students and all members of the community.
Damnak Thmey Primary School is a government-registered school. Therefore, the teachers’ salaries and training are supported and managed by the government.
Our approach involves the community in the project to install a sense of pride and encourage ownership and community development.
For this project, the villagers agreed to contribute by removing the old building, filling up the land for the school foundation, and making school fences. They will also organize the school opening ceremony once construction is completed. Moreover, the school staff and the community will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the new school building.
This project is made possible thanks to a private donor and with the help of our implementing partner Child’s Dream.
We can’t wait to see the finished newly renovated school building and the happy faces of the school’s students and teachers.