“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
The Kone Kmeng Education program is designed to meet the needs of at-risk children by giving them an opportunity to begin, continue, and complete their education at all stages. The program operates on three levels: the primary level, the high school level, and the college level.
Kone Kmeng, in partnership with local churches, has been able to provide an education to children in rural areas that they would not otherwise be able to get. Each class runs for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week and includes subjects such as reading, writing, and math. In many of these rural farming communities, education takes a back seat to the ever-urgent need to meet their pressing financial needs. We at Kone Kmeng seek to break this cycle of poverty by providing a quality education to the children living in these communities. In 2017, we had over 2,000 children all over Cambodia attend classes regularly with 93% of these children passing on to the next grade level.
Hello, my name is Lo Rothana and I am 12 years old. I lived with my grandmother because my parents went to work in Thailand. While I lived there I did not go to school because the money my parents sent had to be used to pay off a loan from a hospital due to a family members illness. Later my aunt told me of a supplemental class being offered at no cost. She learned about this from a workshop led by Pastor Say Youk. My grandmother took me to register for the classes. I was so excited! I’m so happy because I am learning how to write and read and to do math. Day by day my skills are improving. My grandmother told my parents and they are very happy. My parents now send support for me to go to public school along with money to pay for the loan still owed to the hospital. They still work in Thailand and I miss them very much. Because of the supplemental class I now am able to go to school. I no longer feel hopeless and lonely as I now have made many friends there. I never thought that I would be able to go to school and get a good education. I am now in grade 6 at public school. I will try my best to study hard and achieve my dream of working with the Police in my community. I give thanks to Pastor Say Youk and Kone Kmeng Organization for providing the supplemental class in my community that has helped me to have a good education.
Through our high school dorm program, Kone Kmeng offers students an education and, in some cases, a place to live. At the high school level, students learn reading, writing, and math as well as life and leadership skills. Students are also equipped and encouraged to begin planning for University; an opportunity they may not otherwise have had. Currently, there are around 45 students going through Kone Kmeng’s high school program and there are three dorms for each gender.
Kone Kmeng’s college program offers help to students from rural communities who can’t afford higher education on their own. Many of the students in the college program are graduates of the high school program, now studying a wide range of subjects such as English, finance, management, business, law, international relations, and nursing. Also, like the high school dorm program, the college dorm program offers students both an education and a place to live in Phnom Penh, making education more attainable financially and more accessible geographically. It only costs $400-$500 a semester for us to send a student through university and in 2017, with a lot of help from our donors, we were able to support 17 students in our college dorm program, forever changing their lives.