Empowering Children and Youth through Education

Rachel-Amy-volunteer-teaching-at-a-local-school-250x166Students and teachers from across the United States connect personally with the Asia Pacific region to empower disadvantaged children and youth through community service projects. Participants raise project funds and some travel to the region to implement projects.

The East-West Center invites students, teachers, school clubs, and schools as well as other youth and community groups to support Schools-Helping-Schools (SHS) through donations, fundraising, and hands-on project work. Funds raised directly support project implementation. The following school and community-based programs in Cambodia seek your support:

Life with Dignity

Life with Dignity (LWD), a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower rural people living in poverty by improving health, disaster preparedness, environment, community development, human rights awareness and advocacy, food security, income generation, and education. Students and teachers participating in the 2012 American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) had the opportunity to work and participate in homestays in two provinces where LWD was active.

Angkor Thom Junior High School

Angkor Thom Junior High School helps poor and disadvantaged rural families to continue their children’s education beyond primary school by providing students with educational support and daily nourishment. AYLP participants had the opportunity to work with students at this school in July 2012.

Children’s Development Village

Children’s Development Village (CDV) provides a home, education, and basic necessities as well as love and care to vulnerable children. Participants of the 2011 AYLP initiated a project to promote literacy among children at CDV and the surrounding village by converting a large meeting room into a library, painting it, and donating funds as well as their favorite children’s books to the new library. 2012 AYLP participants continued the literacy project started by 2011 participants.

Wat Damnak Foreign Language School

Wat Damnak Foreign Language School is run by the monks of Wat Damnak (or Damnak Buddhist Temple). The school helps underprivileged youth and adults master English so that they have access to promising work opportunities. In addition to donating funds for the program, supporters may also travel to Cambodia to help teach English. Please contact us if interested.

The East-West Center thanks all the students and teachers at the following schools, along with community groups and individuals from across the United States, that have raised over $150,000 in funds and in-kind donations to support Schools-Helping-Schools projects:

  • Bruce Randolph Middle School, Denver, Colorado
  • Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, Saint Augustine, Florida
  • Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Society of Women Educators, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Ahuimanu Elementary School, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Connections Public Charter School, Hilo, Hawaii
  • Kula High and Intermediate, Kilauea, Hawaii
  • La Pietra School, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nanakuli High School, Waianae, Hawaii
  • Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Verna Nonaka, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • The Orchard School, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Yates Center Middle/High School, Yates Center, Kansas
  • Nauset Regional High School, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
  • F.A. Day Middle School, Newtonville, Massachusetts
  • Intermediate School 162, Bronx, New York
  • Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, New York
  • Olympic High School, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Magnolia Elementary School, Magnolia, Ohio
  • Cimarron Middle School, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Freedom Elementary School, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
  • Riverfield County Day School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Westminster School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Porter Gaude School, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Furr High School, Houston, Texas
  • Woodstock Union High, Woodstock, Vermont
  • Woodstock Unitarian Church, Woodstock, Vermont

Thanks to their assistance, Schools-Helping-Schools have supported students as well as teachers at the following schools and community centers:

SMA Negeri 9 Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Purchased school uniforms, textbooks, and dictionaries; and financed school fees, bus fares, and extracurricular tuition for 90 high school students who faced hardships stemming from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Negeri 8 Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Supplied 1,350 textbooks in 10 subject areas at three different grade levels, 32 dictionaries, four teacher’s manuals, three computers, and a multimedia projector for students at this high school, which had been damaged in the Tsunami.

Wat Komneeyakhet School, Thailand – Purchased office equipment and provided 62 bicycles so students who were displaced by the Tsunami could travel to and from school.

Ban Pak Weep School, Thailand – Provided bus service for a year so 60 elementary school students who were displaced by the Tsunami could attend school.

Thapput Wittaya School, Thailand – Provided a scholarship to cover tuition, books and daily expenses so that a student who lost her family in the Tsunami was able to complete her high school education.

Bantriem School, Thailand –Helped complete construction of a learning center and purchased audiovisual equipment, furniture, books, and teaching materials for this Tsunami-damaged school.

Banthataeng School, Thailand – Assisted this Tsunami-affected school with construction of its computer room, kitchen and students’ restrooms; and purchased kitchen utensils.

Puthumugathuwaram Ignatius Vidyalaya School, Sri Lanka – Replaced a Roneo copy machine, computer, printer, and photocopier at a school that was damaged by the Tsunami.

Navalady Namahal Vidyalaya School, Sri Lanka – Provided support enabling the school to replace filing cabinets, bookshelves, and cupboards that had been washed away by the Tsunami.

Kallady Vipulananda Vidyalaya School, Sri Lanka – Purchased a computer and a multimedia projector and set up a landline for Internet connection at a school damaged by the Tsunami.

Anula Devi Balika Vidyalaya School, Sri Lanka – Purchased band equipment at a school that was damaged by the Tsunami.

Sudhamma Vidyalaya School, Sri Lanka – Provided three computer tables, a television, and a video/DVD player for a school damaged by the Tsunami.

Samata Sarana Kindigoda, Sri Lanka – Provided school bags, notebooks, and shoes for 300 K-6 children at the Kindigoda Center.

Kampong Khleang, Cambodia – Purchased and delivered clay pot filters to provide clean drinking water for over 200 families in this remote community in Cambodia.

Program Advancing Girls Education (PAGE), Cambodia – Provided PAGE girls with brand new backpacks filled with school supplies. The girls were also given disposable cameras so they could exchange photos depicting their daily lives along with letters and personal stories with students at La Pietra Hawai’i School for Girls in Honolulu.

Angkor Thom Junior High School, Cambodia – Planted trees on school grounds to provide cooling shade for students and teachers as well as beautify the school environs. Also, built a shelter to safely and securely store all of students’ bicycles and teachers’ motorcycles.

Children’s Development Village, Cambodia – Initiated a community literacy project at this orphanage by converting a large meeting room into a library and making it accessible to CDV children and others in the surrounding village. American youth and teachers participating in the 2011 American Youth Leadership Program painted the new library, raised funds to build bookshelves, donated their favorite children’s books to stacks, and spent a day reading with the children.