Desks for the Floating School in Kampong Khleang
The Legacy Grant Program contributed $750 for crucial improvements to a school I cofounded in Kampong Khleang, Cambodia, in 2012. Kampong Khleang is a small fishing village on the banks of the Tonlé Sap Lake about 70 kilometers from the Siem Reap city center.
The village where we built our school is extremely poor and receives very little in the way of government aid. There is no infrastructure—no paved roads, no fresh water systems (let alone a sewage system), no schools, no hospitals. Our school's mission was to increase literacy in the village as well as to provide some basic educational programming related to personal hygiene and water filtration. We currently have 160 students, about 15 percent of whom are adults who want to learn to read and write Khmer. Furthermore, our school has been accredited by the Ministry of Education, allowing our students to matriculate at public high schools in the surrounding areas, if they so choose.
The money we received from the Legacy Grant helped us build new desks and benches for our students, who were previously sitting on the floor. This has greatly increased the efficiency of our programming, and the students are incredibly grateful.
As the school enters its third year of operation, we will continue to fundraise and build the school to better serve the needs of our small community in Kampong Khleang. We are grateful and proud that Boston College has been such an important part of this mission.
—John Sherman '14