Overall fundraising for ABO School continues to be slow, primarily due to the COVID pandemic. Schools in Siem Reap remain closed to students, including ABO School. As the borders remain closed to foreigners and no tourists, businesses have sustained substantial financial and social hardship.
Nevertheless, ABO is still open and helping the community. The school recently received 1000 KG of rice from donors in Phnom Penh. The school will provide 70% of the rice to the poorest in the community and will keep the remaining 30% for the school.
With the closing of the borders, Cambodia went from millions of visitors to virtually none. Most jobs in the tourism sector vanished. Lots of parents depended on some or all income coming from this sector. The teachers in the school realized that urgent action was needed. Almost immediately, they started the vegetable garden on the school's grounds, fully constructed by the teachers and pupils. This project also doubled as a "skill development in agriculture program" for the students.
Bopha and Sayouen (founders of ABO) started a Chicken Coop for sustainability. As the Coop grew and the stock increased, the school began to provide 3 hens and one rooster to students' families. To date, we have six sets out with six families. Plans are ongoing to extend this program out to more local families.
We are working closely with supporters across the globe to establishing an Australian NGO to support the school's fundraising activities. The goal is to have this entity set up by the end of the year.
Your financial support continues to contribute toward making all of this possible, and we thank you for caring and assisting in shaping a stronger future for students at ABO school.