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How The Spitler School Educates And Empowers Impoverished Children In Cambodia

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Published in Cambodia S School Of Hope: How The Spitler School Educates And Empowers Impoverished Children In Cambodia
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Education is a powerful tool that can transform lives. In Cambodia, a country still recovering from a turbulent past, access to quality education remains a challenge, particularly for impoverished children. However, amidst the obstacles, there is a beacon of hope - The Spitler School.

The Spitler School, located in the rural province of Takeo, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and empowerment opportunities to disadvantaged children. Founded in 2012 by John Spitler, an American teacher turned philanthropist, the school has since made a tremendous impact on the lives of countless children.

The Foundation of The Spitler School

John Spitler's journey began when he first visited Cambodia in 2009. Witnessing the stark reality of poverty-stricken communities and the lack of educational opportunities for children, he was determined to make a difference. After several years of fundraising and planning, Spitler finally opened the doors of his school in 2012.

Cambodia's School of Hope: How the Spitler School educates and empowers impoverished children in Cambodia.
by Norm Schriever (Kindle Edition)

4.4 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 10473 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 446 pages
Lending : Enabled

The Spitler School started with just a handful of students, but it quickly grew in popularity due to its holistic approach to education. Recognizing the importance of not just academic knowledge but also life skills, the school focuses on a well-rounded curriculum that includes English language instruction, computer literacy, arts, and sports.

One of the key principles of The Spitler School is that education should be accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic background. To ensure this, the school offers free education to impoverished children, who would otherwise have little to no access to educational opportunities.

Empowering Through Education

Education at The Spitler School goes beyond traditional classroom learning. The school aims to empower its students by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty in their communities.

Through partnerships with local organizations, The Spitler School provides vocational training programs for older students. These programs focus on practical skills such as sewing, woodworking, and agriculture, enabling students to gain employable skills and create a sustainable future for themselves.

Furthermore, the school encourages entrepreneurship among its students. It helps them develop business acumen and provides support for those interested in starting their own small enterprises. By fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, The Spitler School prepares its students for economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Impact and Success Stories

Over the years, The Spitler School has achieved remarkable results. Many of its students have gone on to pursue higher education, breaking the cycle of poverty in their families and becoming role models for their communities.

One such success story is Sokha, a former student of The Spitler School who is now studying medicine at a prestigious university in Phnom Penh. Sokha's journey from a poverty-stricken village to pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor showcases the transformative power of education.

Another success story is Rith, who graduated from The Spitler School and went on to start his own business, a small grocery store in his village. Through perseverance and the skills he acquired at the school, Rith was able to support his family and provide employment opportunities for others in his community.

The impact of The Spitler School extends beyond the students themselves. By fostering a love for learning and social responsibility, it inspires parents and community members to prioritize education and break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty.

Supporting The Spitler School

As a nonprofit organization, The Spitler School relies heavily on donations and partnerships to sustain its operations. Individuals and organizations can contribute to the school's mission by making monetary donations or volunteering their time and expertise.

Donations to The Spitler School provide resources for classroom materials, teacher salaries, and scholarships for students. Additionally, volunteers can assist with teaching, administrative tasks, or even organize fundraising events in their local communities to raise awareness and support for the cause.

By supporting The Spitler School, individuals can play a vital role in empowering impoverished children in Cambodia and giving them a chance at a brighter future.

The Spitler School is a shining example of how education can transform lives and break the cycle of poverty. Through its holistic approach to education and empowerment, it has become a beacon of hope for impoverished children in Cambodia.

With ongoing support from individuals and organizations, The Spitler School can continue to educate and empower more children, creating a ripple effect of positive change in Cambodia's communities.

Cambodia's School of Hope: How the Spitler School educates and empowers impoverished children in Cambodia.
by Norm Schriever (Kindle Edition)

4.4 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 10473 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 446 pages
Lending : Enabled

A chance meeting in an exotic land on the other side of the globe. A local guide trying to raise money to build a drinking well in his poor village. Hundreds of Cambodian school children who didn’t have a school to attend, or sometimes enough food, clean water, or medical care.

What unfolded next is truly amazing.

The story begins in April of 2005, when Danny and Pam Spitler visited Siem Reap, Cambodia to see the famous temples of Angkor Wat. During their four-day visit to the area their tour guide was a young Cambodian gentleman by the name of Chea Sarin. Over the course of their visit, it became clear that he cared deeply for the plight of the poor villagers in his country and especially for the children. He told the Spitlers that the lack of clean drinking water was the cause of many health problems among the village children.

At the end of their tour the Spitlers decided to donate enough money to provide one of these wells to a poor village. Sarin sent them photos of the well being built and then when it was finished.

A few weeks later, Sarin asked them if they would consider helping him start a school at a very poor village located about nine kilometers outside of Siem Reap. The Spitlers agreed.

The initial concept was to build one building, using lumber and thatch construction, with a dirt floor. The building would be divided into two classrooms in anticipation of about 60 students. With a construction budget of less than $1,000 Sarin was able to complete the building in just a few weeks and had money left over to build some rudimentary wooden tables, which the students could use for desks.

To the surprise of Sarin and the Spitlers, almost 100 children signed up to attend the school. Classes began in July 2005, and additional students continued to arrive, and soon the school was serving 120 students by offering half the students classes in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. Sarin was able to purchase supplies for the students and the classroom at an average cost of about $1 per student per month, and two well-qualified teachers were hired for salaries of $70 per month each.

Given the response from the village, the Spitlers decided to provide additional funds so that Sarin could build two more buildings and hire four additional teachers. Sarin accomplished all of this within six weeks and when the school opened for the regular school year in September 2005 the school was able to accommodate 190 students in kindergarten through second grade.

Over the years, the Spitler School has continued to flourish and grow, and now a second school, the Kurata School, is open. Thanks to Sarin, the Spitlers, the Spitler Foundation, and donors and volunteers from all over the world, over 800 children are now being educated and given a better chance to get out of poverty. The school also undertakes many community projects like building roads, delivering food, trash pickup and recycling, and medical advocacy for the children.

The Spitlers and Sarin have been recognized as widely as the Cambodian government and the U.S. White House for their efforts but they do it all to give these children a brighter future, not for any accolades. What started out as a chance meeting between strangers from different parts of the world turned into something so meaningful and special to so many people ‚Äď Cambodia‚Äôs school of hope.

This book tells the story of the Spitler School and looks into the lives of the children who attend, their families, their village, and the beautiful, yet challenged, country of Cambodia.

100% of the profits from this book are going directly to the Spitler School Foundation to help these children.

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