In January this year (2012) I had the privilege of travelling to Cambodia to visit Mkak Primary School, a 70 kilometre journey from Siem Reap.
After a very scenic, albeit bumpy, drive through villages and rice fields we arrived at our destination in Mkak Village. The morning classes had just finished and the children and teachers were all eagerly waiting to greet me.
Despite the fact that no one had met me before, and English language was limited to a only couple of people, I was overwhelmed with the warm and happy reception I received. I toured the school and met with all of the teachers and students before distributing some much appreciated stationery that had been donated from Australian supporters.
It was wonderful to see first hand the completed Humanitus Foundation projects, all of which were made possible through generous donations to the foundation. The projects I was thrilled to view included two toilet blocks housing five toilets, a 2000 litre water tank and pump, a tank tower and some very impressive plumbing installed to pump water to the toilets and playground.
The needs of Mkak Primary School remain many and varied. The children are clearly in need of a health and nutrition program as well as educational resources. Humanitus remains committed to continuing its work with Mkak Primary School to help it achieve both its short and long term goals.
Our search continues for an Australian school to form an alliance with Mkak Primary School to help these children and the Mkak community have the opportunity of a brighter future.
"I will never forget their faces which displayed sadness, yet an eagerness to learn".
Sally Cordner Projects Director, Humanitus Foundation