1975 and 1979 Cambodia lost almost
2 million people to the murderous Khmer Rouge,
Pol Pot regime. Many of the victims were teachers,
doctors and other professionals. In fact almost
anyone educated was specifically targeted.
As Cambodia continues to recover from this
catastrophe, one of its many needs is the
rebuilding of its school system.
In 2004 with the guidance of Bernie Krisher's
"American Assistance For Cambodia" the Maue Kay
Foundation, in conjunction with the Asia Development
Bank, co-sponsored the building of The Tith Mom School
in Takeo Province, also known as School #224 on the site:
The welfare of its 169 students, teachers and nearby
community is one of the Foundation's long-term commitments.
As of December 2007, various new school projects have been completed, including the drilling of a well and the subsequent planting of a "Victory Garden" which is tended by students and teachers and provides fresh produce for both. A new Teachers House, for our Computer and English language teacher has also been built.
Additionally the School is now equipped with a satellite dish that provides students and teachers with email and Internet access.
We hope that Tith Mom will soon become a "Hub" school as part of the Motorman system, which provides email access for Schools,
(often located in areas without electricity, water or health services), by using motorcycles equipped with wi-fi computers. The "Motormen" ride to the Schools on their circuit and wirelessly exchange email messages with the solar operated computer at each location. Finally at a specially equipped "Hub School", email is sent and received via a Satellite dish. In this manner, rural outpost communities and their students can communicate with the world at large including other children, villages, school donors etc. An additional benefit is the ability to contact Health Care Providers, linked to a telemedicine program, for guidance and consultation.
In 2004, we visited Cambodia for the official School opening and were profoundly affected by what we learned and witnessed. To view a brief Video Clip of the Tith Mom School proceedings please
click on the YouTube player below