The Chuch-in-the-Gardens

Getting a Good Education & Enjoying It Too

So our Cambodia education program began with a pilot school in Phnom Penh 9 years ago, and here's 2 bits of good news. 

  1. The government still hasn't forced families out and bulldozed their houses down to build luxury condos. 
  2. We have proof that our program works.

The 6 students here spent years at this school. Because of the music skills, teamwork, and friendship developed at our school, they all received scholarships to a well-respected private school. Doctor, teacher, interior designer -- these are some of the aspirations they have. 

In the meantime, the 75+ younger children at the school, all from the poorest families, continue to show a curiosity, earnestness, and energy that motivate them to discover and learn. Together with nearly 150 other children in Battambang and Siem Reap, F2F continues to stress that a good education is far more varied —and enjoyable — than what children normally get at regular school.

Gratitude to all who participate in our child sponsorship program, and a special call-out to the World Service Committee members from the Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills, New York and their years of generous support. 

Good supporters mean everything!

Last month, we posted about our work with the Boeungkak School, and thanked The Church-in-the-Gardens for their continued support of this school. The World Service Committee at the church is currently working hard to put together a dinner benefitting The Face-to-Face Project and the Boeungkak School - you can learn more about their incredible work by visiting their website, and, if you are interested in supporting this project, by visiting their fundraising page. 

The work we do is only possible because of the generosity of individuals and communities like The Church-in-the-Gardens - and we are incredibly grateful for their support! 

March 21, 2015

Six years ago, Face-to-Face began working with our local partner in Cambodia, Salvation Centre Cambodia (SCC), creating a pilot school for the poorest children in one of the worse slumbs in Phnom Penh. 

For many of these children, this was their only opportunity to pursue their education, and nurturing and teaching them was a daunting task for two young teachers, Miss Lalin and Miss Kanha. 

And here are our two teachers today - still with us, and still making a huge impact on the children, their families and their community. What heroes they are! 

A very special thanks to our friends and supporters at Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills for making this school possible.