PREY KAMPENG PRIMARY SCHOOL
His life changed after an accident in November 2014. Rotanak, 13, ran across the road from his
school at village Chan and was knocked down by a motorist.
He was unconscious for two months and underwent two major surgeries. He was discharged after three months and returned home to his parents with severe disabilities.
Rotanak not only lost the use of both his legs but also the ability to speak. Although mentally still quite alert, he is not able to respond as a normal 13 year-old boy.
Rim, 8, also met with an accident while running across the road on the way to school. He suffered head and leg injuries but has almost fully recovered. His legs show scars from the deep cuts. Rim was warded in hospital for a few weeks and after more than a month, he returned to school.
Following these two accidents, parents in the Prey Kampeng village became wary of sending their children to school for fear of them getting into accidents. Some of the children also stopped attending school as they were afraid of getting injured in motor accidents on the way to school.
The village chief and Community Based Organisers rallied the families of Prey Kampeng to build a primary school in their Prey Kampeng village so that the children would not have to travel too far and reduce the chances of accidents.
The new Prey Kampeng Primary School
With the help of Love Cambodia and donors, the new school was officially opened on 30 October, 2015. The opening ceremony was attended by government officials including the Peam Ro district chief, commune chief and a representative from the Ministry of Education in Prey Veng. The village chief as well as the new principal and teachers were also present. The school building spans 11m x 25m and houses three classrooms. In May 2016, a further building was added as an extension.
Seventeen children were rewarded with cash gifts for achieving a top five class position throughout the year. Besides their good grades, they also maintained regular school attendance, good hygiene and clean uniforms, as well as a good learning attitude.
One of the children’s mother was also rewarded with a cow, as her daughter obtained top five position in a major exam.
Besides this, Love Cambodia has partnered with other organisations to build and operate kindergartens in various villages. It has also contributed to the construction of infrastructure in schools, such as, classrooms, libraries, dining areas, toilets, fences and even a playground for a government school.