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Treak Community Centre is a Charity based education centre in Cambodia. Its philosophy is to create opportunity not dependency (fishing rod not fish). The centre has 470 pupils and is funded by charitable donations. Much of the funding comes from international visiting volunteers, who undertake work and support at the Centre, and make a donation. The Covid 19 pandemic means that all the planned visits for this year are no longer possible and the school faces real difficulties in retaining its teachers.
The challenges of going to school during and after the Khmer Rouge Period means that literacy rates are low. The parents of many of Treak’s students are still struggling, with the most disadvantaged families earning less than 50 cents a day. Education is vital if the next generation can become more than just subsistence farmers.
Treak is making a difference, opening up real opportunities for children:
“I want them to learn English, and to learn how to use computers; these skills will help them get a good job in the future. Here they have a chance to meet people from different countries and cultures; I encourage them to talk and interact with everyone. I want them to have an easier life than I have had; I want to show them a good way.” Melea, parent
All of the staff members are Cambodian and most of them live in the village. They run a nursery for 4-6 year olds, and their English classes and IT classes are attended predominantly by children and young people under 20 years old. Free English classes run throughout the day. Each class lasts one hour and follows a planned curriculum. They are led by full time Cambodian teachers who provide lesson plans and monitor student progress.
In addition to educating children, they also support parents and the wider community through their Community Support Programme that creates projects, jobs and income. Their programmes help people to learn new skills and increase the villagers’ confidence and self-worth and begin to help people take control of their own futures.
Kate Howard spent 5 weeks there last year as a volunteer, through a UK charity called People and Places who specialise in responsible and ethical volunteering, and came back full of praise for the organisation, the work they do and how important it is.
I have set this crowdfunding page up to help friends and supporters of Treak worldwide to make a donation to help the Centre retain its staff and to be able to continue to provide the support and education to the Community. I hope you can help in some small way.
You can find out more about Treak here: Treak Community Centre
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- 2 months ago
Ian2 months ago
Everyone at Treak thank you for your friendship and support. Headteacher Dara and the staff are providing work books and activity sheets, on Mondays and Tuesdays with pencils, crayons, paper so students can work from home. Around 60% call each week:they are eager to learn! Parents and community leaders told Dara they greatly value the help that Treak provides. The education ministry prefer schools not to reopen until October/November; Covid-19 will severely cut our income over the next 12 months. Any financial help is much appreciated.
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Aug 2, 2020
Hello from the Uk , happy to help this amazing community and can’t wait to come back soon ASAP x
Mariette & Ho-San Leong
Jul 6, 2020
We had the pleasure of meeting your staff over a year ago during their visit to Wollongong
Jun 22, 2020
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We wish you will support your staff members and then they will be able to help their lovely students.
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