Opening educational opportunities for children in rural villages
The Marist Brothers are building a hostel for children and youth from rural communities in Pailin, Cambodia. The Hostel is situated next to the secondary school in Pailin and will provide residential accommodation for up to 68 students from poor, rural families who are presently deprived of a secondary education because of the remoteness of their village.
These children typically come from subsistence farming families and cannot afford the necessary transport expenses for their children to travel the long distances to school. As a result a large percentage of students do not attend secondary school.
The hostel will alleviate the financial burden placed on families and allow these children to complete their full education. 34 girls and 34 boys will be accommodated in the complex as well as two units on the ground floor that will be specifically designed to cater for the unique needs of 10 physically handicapped youth.
As a result of receiving a secondary education, these students will gain the necessary skills to break out of the cycle of poverty that they were born into. Your support of this project is directly impacting the ability of these children to change their lives and that of their families and communities.
Photo: Conor Ashleigh