There are three ways you can help support Savong’s School.
Volunteer. Visit the school and share your time with the students. This is a really enjoyable thing to do, and an incredible experience. You’ll be accompanied by one of the teachers so you won’t have any translation problems. The students are enthusiastic and welcoming. Normally the school asks volunteers for a small manageable donation to cover the transport cost to take you to the school (25 minutes out of town) but also to purchase stationery and books. If you like you can nominate to go shopping with the teachers at the Siem Reap bookstore, so you can be assured of where the money goes.
Special projects. The school has an ongoing list of needs and projects, and it can be very satisfying to know that your support has gone specifically to a specific, tangible objective. These range from seemingly simple things – the purchase of a large table, or a generator or computer – or go toward more complex projects. Two that made a huge difference recently were the accreditation of the school by the Ministry of Education (this required a fee of $US1500) and of course the library. Monies for these projects are sent straight to the school bank account in Cambodia.
Ongoing assistance. Underlying everything is our desire to ensure the long term and sustainable support of Savong’s School so that it can continue to offer free education. We have established the Cambodian Rural Schools Trust fund in New Zealand (home of one of the main supporters) and out of this fund we are paying the monthly running costs of the school and looking to build up sufficient capital to ensure ongoing income for the school. Any dollar given to the monthly running costs frees us up to put aside capital to grow the Trust fund. This is unspectacular giving, but absolutely vital for the long term success of the school.
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How to keep a school going month by month
Savong’s School has four main things to budget for.
Bricks and mortar and significant expenses as we build the school and add assets, equipment and facilities. The library is a good example. So are the computers and the generator. And so was the generous gift that enabled the school to offer recognised certificated courses for the students.These expenses are met through generous cash donations – and yes, the school has capital projects coming up including routine repairs, painting and maintenance.
Monthly overheads. These include salaries, fuel for the generator, internet and phone costs, bank fees and the other expenses involved in keeping the school running. These expenses are met via the Cambodian Rural Schools Trust, established by supporters in New Zealand. More about that below. These expenses come to around $US1,200 per month.
Scholarship expenses. These are the enrolment, laptop and monthly allowance expenses for the scholarship winners who each receive four years support. These expenses are met by individual donors.
Discretionary expenses. Books for the library, prizes for students after the big examinations, exercise books and stationery. Most of these expenses are met by visitors and volunteers to the school.
Supporting the ‘orphans’. Strictly speaking the children at the SOC are not orphans – but they are children from extrmely poor backgrounds. They are from families that are unable to support their children. By agreement these children are cared for by the School at the SOC a registered children’s home built for the task. The shelter, food, clothing and education for these students is funded by individual sponsors. Monthly food and fuel costs are around $50 per child including food, care and schooling.