22nd International Angkor Wat Half-Marathon
Founders, students, staff… They are the essence of Phare Ponleu Selpak. As education is one of our top priorities, in December the 3rd, more than 60 of them will run in the Angkor Wat Half-Marathon to raise funds and awareness for our Kindergarten Programme, which welcomes every year around 250 children between the ages of 3 and 6.
Our Kindergarten is free of charge and provides an education programme in line with international standards. We need $35,000 per year to support the direct costs of the Kindergarten and we hope to raise that amount from the International Angkor Wat Half-Marathon.
Please find below the portraits of some students, staff and founders, pick one of them and support their involvement for a quality education in Cambodia by making a donation on their fundraising pages. 100% of the collected money will go directly to Phare Ponleu Selpak’s Kindergarten Programme!
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“I really care about the children of my community… They often come from a humble background and can’t afford private expensive school. That is why they need us to have a better education, improve their lives and all the Cambodian society”. LON Lao is one of the 9 founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak, where he gives model, portraits, painting drawing, perspective and observation classes since 1994.
Vutha is one of the 9 founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak. He is the pedagogical director of the Visual and Applied Arts school, as well as a painting, drawing and writing teacher. Next month, he will run for Education to raise funds for our Kindergarten Program!
Vutha’s interest in children education is obvious, as he dedicated his whole life to this purpose. He is also glad that a lot of students, staff and teachers run as Team Phare: “It is good for health, relationships, solidarity… Learn how to give to others is the keystone of Phare”.
“Our Kindergarten is essential enable children of our community to go to school. Above all, studying at Phare Ponleu Selpak gives them access to the arts and let them express their talent and creativity.”
KHUON Det is one of the founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak, and Director of the Performing Arts School. He dedicated his life to help children and teenagers around Battambang: “Arts changed my life and helped me believe in a brighter future. Every child deserves that”.
Kavyi is a 20 years old student in our Visual and Applied Arts School.
In December the 3rd, he will run 10 km at the Angkor Wat Half-Marathon and is already training several times a week. “It is important for me to run and try to raise funds for the Kindergarten’s children. I was supported by the Social Support Department during 9 years, and I know it is meaningful to help children to have a better education. Moreover, running makes me feel healthier!”
“Phare is my family and does a lot for me. That is why I want to run and raise funds for the Kindergarten”.
Meet KONG Vichika, 18, dancing student. The young girl is dreaming to become an Apsara professional dancer and teacher since she’s 9, when she saw the Moon Love Dance for the first time. As Phare Ponleu Selpak helps her fulfilling her dream, she decided to run and fundraise as
“Am I able to run 10 kilometers? If it is too hard for me, maybe I can finish the run on hands and knees!”, says Pai Phearin, 19 years old, with a giant smile! We’re not worried for him… Circus student since he’s 9 years old, we can call him an athlete. His specialties? Rola Bola, banquin, club juggling, acrobatics and obviously… Clown.
Meet Porey, 21, studying Graphic Design at Phare Ponleu Selpak’s Visual and Applied Arts School. Porey is a very motivated young girl that is about to run the Angkor Wat Half-Marathon for the first time on December the 3rd, 2017, and already has training sessions 5 times a week!
“I want to help Kindergarten’s children, I want to be healthy, and I want to discover new things!”.
Nhary PRANG is the Education Manager of Phare Ponleu Selpak since 2010 and handles a lot of things: Kindergarten school, library, computer classes, Children Development Center, and all the Phare Ponleu Selpak’s school registrations… She loves children so much that trying to raise funds for them is obvious. “The Kindergarten is a great opportunity for the small children of our community to study. I want to encourage them!”, she explains.