Schools-Helping-Schools: Cambodia
The SHS Cambodia Initiative is working with school/community groups in Cambodia and the United States to support projects that improve the lives of children and families in need, while also providing opportunities for Cambodians and Americans, particularly students and teachers, to form lasting and meaningful relationships through project-related exchanges.

SHS-Cambodia has partnered with the Life and Hope Association (LHA), a Cambodian nonprofit, non-governmental and non-political organization, and the LHA Junior High School, established by the monks of Wat Damnak, a Buddhist temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  LHA works to improve the lives and livelihood of disadvantaged families, particularly children, in the Siem Reap area through projects that include: 


  • Children's Development Village located 25 miles outside of Siem Reap. The Village provides 45 orphans and at-risk children with housing, education, food, and healthcare.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for interested schools and community groups.

  • Life and Hope Junior High School, a newly opened school with 110 disadvantaged students, responding to the needs of rural communities of Angkor Thom district, 25 miles outside of Siem Reap.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.

  • Program Advancing Children’s Education (PACE) provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged young girls who wish to continue their education through high school and beyond.  La Pietra Hawai'i School for Girls in Honolulu has initiated a long-term partnership with LHA to support PACE.  La Pietra middle school students are preparing for their initial exchange and will be distributing disposable cameras to PACE students for eventual exchange of photographs, letters, and personal stories.  In time, La Pietra plans to send a student delegation to Cambodia to meet with their Cambodian peers.


  • Vocational Training Schools:

    • Sewing Training Center provides a six-month training course with wage-earning opportunities as well as room and board for young women in vulnerable situations.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.

    • Language and Computer school offers employment-oriented English language and computer training courses for Siem Reap area residents. Classes are taught by Wat Damnak monks and overseas volunteer teachers and students can volunteer to pay a nominal fee or attend classes for free, depending on their financial circumstances.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.

  • Food for Education Project provides food, school uniforms, and other supplies to poor families to enable them to send their children to school instead of having them work to support the family. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Schools, community groups, and individuals interested in supporting a school-to-school project should contact the AsiaPacificEd Program at the points given below:

AsiaPacificEd Program, East-West Center
1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848
Phone: 808-944-7378; Fax: 808-944-7070
Email: [email protected]