The ministry of education opened schools for 9th grade on Sept 7th. Our 9th graders are going IN PERSON during the mornings only, and are split up in 3 groups.
In terms of safety, besides splitting up into small groups, everyone sits alone at each desk, and cleans their hands with sanitizer multiple times a day.
Cambodia seems to be following a good safety protocol system and we hope our 7th and 8th graders will follow soon. For now they are studying at home, with group leaders pick up materials 2 days a week for their classes.
In terms of their village life, unfortunately their rainy season has not been rainy; it's been very hot and very dry. Which means the rice on the farms is dying and also means no work for the villagers as there is no rice to pick, and their normal means of income is highly dependent on working the mango factories, which are closed due to COVID19.
Thankfully our Corgan reservoir has collected and held any rain (and will hold any upcoming rain) for our Garden which can help provide our families with produce to eat.
We hear students will be going back shortly, but in the meantime very eager for their English and computer classes to come back! 💻
Sadly we have many families living in poverty and have no choice but to send off their daughters to the field or to the capital. We are here to help protect and empower our students. The Girls Be Ambitious program was launched to prevent the trafficking of Cambodian girls from poverty-stricken homes for sexual and labor exploitation through an incentive program to stay in school and receive additional vocational training that will provide employment, income, and social and political empowerment.