Feb 25, 2020

Chelly Scholars At Work

To all Friends & Supporters of The Chelly Foundation:

Through GlobalGiving and the donations of many friends and supporters, The Chelly Foundation Our has supported giving scholarships to t25 young people (including 22 women) from very poor families rural Chum Kiri district, located about three hours southwest of Phnom Penh.  The full or partial scholarships have been for students attending four-year universities in Phnom Penh, including the University of Cambodia and the Royal University of Phnom Penh.  Two of our Chelly Scholars graduated in 2019, and four more are expected to graduate this year.  The subjects our students have chosen to major in include chemistry, mathematics, finance & banking, economic development, accounting, hotel & tourism, and teaching.  We are proud of everyone!

One of the ways in which students are preparing for their future is to take part-time jobs while in school.  Doing so provides valuable skills that help them in obtaining good paying, post-college jobs.  The salaries made also help support their families back in their home villages in Chum Kiri District.  It is extremely gratifying to know that our students have been able to obtain employment in a variety of office settings, representing accounting firms and banks.  One of our students has decided to take a full-time job as a teacher of math to 5th graders, while continuing her studies at night.  See the pictures of a few of our scholars accompanying this writeup.

If not for the donations received by The Chelly Foundation, the young women pictured here would most likely have gone on after high school to doing labor-intensive work on their families' rice farms back in Chum Kiri, and/or would likely have been seeking temporary work in clothes factories, travelling in the back of open-air, crowded trucks to work each day.  

On behalf of all of us at The Chelly Foundation, thank you for your past donations and continuing support.   We are absolutely making a tremendous difference in the lives of these young women and their families.   Please do consider continuing to support our mission through a small one time or monthly donation to GlobalGiving.   A year in school costs $500 per student on average; but even a small gift of $25 or $50 will help buy books for Chelly Scholars and will otherwise contribute to their living expenses while in Phnom Penh.  A little bit goes a long way in Cambodia!

Thank you.

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Dec 2, 2019

Bright Stars of 2019

Group Picture of Chelly Scholars 2019-2020
Group Picture of Chelly Scholars 2019-2020

Greetings at the Holidays to all Friends & Supporters of The Chelly Foundation:

In October 2019, we welcomed six young women as new Chelly Scholars, all from rural Cambodia in areas surrounding the village of Chum Kiri in Kampot Province.  Two are attending the Royal University of Phnom Penh, to study chemistry, biochemistry, and one will be studying English as a foreign language at the University of Cambodia.  Another three all plan to be studying accounting at the Vanda Institute of Cambodia.  The Chelly Foundation provides housing for all of these students -- they will be joining their fellow Chelly Scholars in a special three-story dormitory that we lease in Phnom Penh.   

We can also report that Jakkrya, who we previously have reported on, continues to flourish as both a Chelly Scholar and a Harpswell Scholar.  (She was one of only 20 or so young women from all of Cambodia picked to join women at Harpswell, who live together in special quarters and receive the benefit of their wonderful leadership program.)  Jakkrya and her fellow Harpswell debating team finished fourth in a large debate competition recently, winning prize money for themselves (see picture).

We encourage all of our Chelly Scholars to return to their home village in Chum Kiri, to talk to students and to inspire younger girls (and boys) to work hard in school for a chance to obtain college degrees.   Recently, two of our Chelly Scholars, Manouv and Channary, were invited to give speeches before a large crowd of gathered students at the Hun Sen Angchork High School in Chum Kiri -- their "alma mater."  It was a great day including speeches by the District Principal, the Principal of the high school, and others.   Manouv and Channary are pictured here next to Samorn Khem and Nop Ess, who together have run all Chelly Foundation activities since we began in 2015.

On Giving Tuesday (December 3), and especially before the end of the calendar year, we would be so grateful for your continued support of our remarkable scholarship program. We really are giving opportunities to young women from a very rural part of Cambodia, who without your support would never be able to obtain a university degree. 

Jakkrya at a Debate Competition
Jakkrya at a Debate Competition
Manouv and Channary back at HS
Manouv and Channary back at HS
HS students listening to Chelly Scholars
HS students listening to Chelly Scholars

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Aug 27, 2019

We Exceeded Our Goal! (Fall 2019 Report)

Manouv
Manouv

Wonderful news everyone: we have exceeded our original goal in raising $8000 through our Global Giving Campaign!  With a generous donation of $1400 from an anonymous donor (thank you whoever you are!), and donations fromdozens of others of you, four young women have been able to attend universities in Phnom Penh on a full scholarship.  But we aren't done!  We have now “doubled down” and at the invitation of Global Giving have renewed our campaign so as to give more opportunities to more young women from very poor rural villages in Chum Kiri district to go to college and become successful in whatever they wish to pursue.  Here is how our scholarship program has grown:

In 2015, we picked our first Chelly Scholar, Manouv, who will be graduating this fall from the Royal University of Phnom Penh with a degree in chemistry.  She has become a big sister to a host of other Chelly Scholars, and is an inspiration to girls everywhere.  Manouv plans to join the workforce after graduation in her chosen field, and may one day pursue a graduate degree.  

In 2016, one of our Chelly Scholars, Channary, started at the Vanda Institute of Cambodia, and is the first of our scholars to graduate with a degree in accounting – she did so a year early.  We are so proud of her!

Between 2016 and 2019, we grew from awarding 6 Chelly Scholarships, then up to 10, and this past year have been supporting a total of 17 young women (and also 2 young men) through the award of full scholarships, partial scholarships, and housing stipends to enable everyone to be able to live together in our newly leased dormitory in Phnom Penh (a multi-story townhouse) while going to college.  We expect 5 of our current students to go on to graduate in 2020.

Funded in part by the generosity of Global Giving donors as part of this campaign, this Fall we expect to be offering at least 6 new scholarships to young people graduating high school – of which we expect 5 to go to young women candidates.

Tuition at local universities varies between $400 and $600 a year per student, depending on the place our scholars are enrolled.  Our costs for housing 20+ students are approximately $500 a month total.   Additional costs include ensuring that students have books and school supplies, receive medical treatment when needed, and are otherwise cared for through small stipends if needed.   Almost all our Chelly Scholars on a full scholarship work part-time jobs, many sending back money to help their families out back in rural Chum Kiri.

Your Global Giving donations go a long way in ensuring that our scholarship program remains healthy and successful!   Our Chelly Scholars know how lucky they are to have been able to go to university in far away Phnom Penh.   In future postings, I will make sure that you hear their stories in their own words.  All of us at The Chelly Foundation are incredibly grateful to have received your continuing support.

Please also know that our Foundation is doing great things back in the village of Chum Kiri as well, maintaining The Chelly Library at the local high school, sponsoring free English classes and workshops, holding bread feast days at local elementary schools, providing bicycles, keeping sanitation facilities we built in order, and taking field trips to local cultural events.  And that's just some of what we are doing... check out our website and especially our Facebook page for everything we are involved in.  

And one last thing: if you are the anonymous donor who pledged such an extraordinary amount putting us over the top for our original goal, could you please contact me?  Don’t be shy!  We wish to give you a special thank you!

Channary
Channary
Chelly Scholars helping out back in Chum Kiri
Chelly Scholars helping out back in Chum Kiri
Students with Nan Nop
Students with Nan Nop

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