Nov 30, 2018

December 2018 Update

Chelly Scholars
Chelly Scholars

We have wonderful news to report.

First, Sey Jakkrya, the young woman featured in our last report, did get accepted into the Harpswell Foundation program.  She is one of only 20 or so high school graduates from all of Cambodia lucky enough to receive an invite this year.  Jakkrya is also a Chelly Scholar, meaning we pay her tuition to university while Harpswell provides an enrichment program aimed at maximizing opportunities for success.  Check out The Harpswell Foundation on-line.

Second, when we started the GlobalGiving Campaign two years ago, we aimed at receiving donations sufficient to fund two young women from Chum Kuri in 2017 and two in 2018 to be able to go to college in Phnom Penh.  Thanks to our generous donors both thru GlobalGiving as well as to The Chelly Foundation directly, we were able to send 4 young women to college in 2017 and now, in 2018, have added nine additional students (six on full or partial tuition scholarships, and three on a housing stipend only).  So all total, we are supporting 17 young women (and two young men) in college this semester.  Our first Chelly Scholar, Manouv, graduates next Spring.  More on her in a future report.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this very worthy cause!  We are together transforming educational opportunities for the children of Chum Kuri.

Jakkrya at school with Nan Nop visiting
Jakkrya at school with Nan Nop visiting
Late night English tutoring session
Late night English tutoring session
Sep 4, 2018

Chelly Scholars 2018-2019: An Update

Thanks to all of our donors, The Chelly Foundation is expanding its reach in providing more scholarships to young women this year. The promise we made to our GlobalGiving donors was that we would fund two scholarships for young women in the 2017-2018 school year, and two in the 2018-2019 school year.  Last year, we exceeded our goals by providing three scholarships to young women, and this year we intend to match that number!

While we await the results of this year's National exam for 12th graders (coming out around September 10), we can report that one young woman in particular has impressed us during the past year: her name is Jakkrya (pictures below including with her family).  Jakkrya comes from a family in poverty.  She is without a father, and her mom works long hours as a farmer to make ends meet.  Jakkrya does very well in English in school, and wishes to be either a teacher or even a banker (if she gets to go to university).   Earlier this Summer, Jakkrya inteviewed for a place at the Harpswell school in Phnom Penh, and she is the only girl from Chumkuri District who passed the first round interview and exam.   Whether or not she receives an invite to attend Harpswell, The Chelly Foundation will provide her with a full scholarship to university in Phnom Penh starting this Fall.

When the National Exam test results come back, we will invite at least two more young women to become Chelly Scholars. 

In addition to pictures of Jakkrya, abve is a picture of some of our existng group of Chelly Scholars, taken on a day that they returned to their local high school in Chumkuri to help with a special celebration at their school sponsored by our Foundation.   Every Chelly Scholar pledges to do their best in school and to be a role model for younger children currently in school in Chumkuri.  We are proud of every Chelly Scholar for being such shining lights and we know they will continue to inspire.....

Jun 8, 2018

June 2018 Report

In March 2018 I was privileged to make a second trip to Chumkuri in Cambodia, including getting to spend time with all of our Chelly Scholars.   Please see my "Letter from Cambodia" at The Chelly Foundation's main web page,

As promised, we all took a trip to Sihanhoukville, as a weekend holiday away from studying.  Everyone at a terrific time at the beach, and simply hanging out.  

Our 10 Chelly Scholars all signed a pledge in 2018 to attempt to to their best academically, as well as to be role models for younger siblings and cousins.  They are all doing just that, including occasionally making the near 3 hour one-way trip back to the village to participate in Chelly Foundation activities.

We have arranged for the first time that a new group of 5 high school girls with strong leadership schools also apply for a Harpswell scholarship...a highly selective program that only takes the best and brightest young minds each year from around Cambodia to have an immersive experience at university in Phnom Penh.  I will report back next time if any of our interviewees were successful in getting in, but we have a Plan B in place for some or all of these girls should Harpswell prove too selective.  This will include ensuring that funds from GlobalGiving support at least two newly picked Chelly scholars in the Fall of 2018.

We promised to add a minimum or two more scholarships this Fall from contributions from GlobalGiving, and remain on track to do just that.  But it is our goal to give out a total of at least 4 new four-year scholarships to selected young women from the two local high schools in Chumkuri.

We thank our donors for changing the lives of children from Chumkuri....The effect over the next decade will be immeasurable....

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