Leo Laksi’s Bangkok And Back

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

A worthwhile visit, a rural school in Cambodia. Part 2.

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Smiling student.

Smiling student.

One of the most rewarding things to do when you are in Cambodia has nothing to do with sightseeing at venues like Angkor Wat or visiting the Irawaddy dolphins at Kratie.  I recommend you take some time out of your busy days to visit a rural school and donate school supplies.  These students are not well to do and are always short of basic supplies like pencils, paper tablets and rulers.  For less than $50 US you can easily supply every student with these supplies. And you never know how you might be impacting these students.  For every child attending school, there is probably another that does not attend school for one reason or another and it is near impossible to make a difference in their lives.  At least with the children in school they are learning the basics although there is no telling where they may be in ten more years.  The five and six year olds in these photos may be working in the fields with their parents in another 6 or 7 years.

Photos were taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor AFS 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens or a Nikon D300s and Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VRI zoom lens.

Three room school near Stung Treng.

Three room school near Stung Treng.

Using chalk and fiber boards.

Using chalk and fiber boards.

Big smile on small face.

Big smile on small face.

Interested girl.

Interested girl.


Written by leolaksi

June 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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  1. Priceless!

    Leo thank you for sharing your life in photos. You are allowing others to see things that they may never get to experience in real life.

    D. Dieterle

    June 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    • thanks for your comments! leo


      June 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm

  2. This is a good thing to know about Cambodia, that expats and visitors can help directly. Of course, this goes on in Thailand and anyone can help out in either country, or any other SEA nation. It’s my feeling it’s best to help directly, just as you point out, because you can see benefit right in front of you. I feel that just giving to a charitiable organzation sometimes means too many hands handle the donations and not all of it gets to where it ought to be going.


    July 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    • that’s right. it doesn’t take much in SE Asia to “adopt” a school and benefit the children directly. in talking to school principals in Cambodia sometimes foreign and NGO aid never makes it to the grassroots even when the funds are earmarked. this particular school in this posting has never benefited in any way. and most schools in this are the same. some of the schools i visited had leaking roofs, mud floors and were barely standing.


      July 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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