Ratanakiri, Cambodia

The Caramanico School

The Caramanico School

School location

The Victory Garden

School assembly
Updated March, 2011

The Caramanico School was built in 2006 through American Assistance for Cambodia, an organization founded to construct rural schools throughout Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge not only killed over 1.5 million people during their regime from 1973-1976, it also destroyed much of the country's resources, including schools. The vast majority of the country's educated populated were exterminated.

American Assistance for Cambodia and the Caramanico School are steps being taken to rectify the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.

The Caramanico School is located in the extreme northeastern part of Cambodia in Ratanakiri Province, one of the poorest provinces in all of Cambodia. The school is only one of a handful of lower secondary schools (7th, 8th, and 9th grades) in the entire province. Presently about 150 students attend school, but only a fraction of them are able to attend regularly due to travel constraints, family demands, and other issues.

The school itself consists of four rooms, one each for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade, and one combined computer and library room. There are four teachers including a computer and an English teacher.

When we first visited the school to dedicate it, we were overcome by the gratitude of the community and students, but also by how much more needed to be done! Please take a look at what we have accomplished to date in projects, what is on-going, and what future projects include.

We are working to make the Caramanico School a model for rural schools in Cambodia. To us, a model school would ensure that students have the appropriate education to participate in the future of the global economy. This is a tall order, but one that we feel is key to lifting people in Cambodia out of poverty. We believe that education is the key to making this possible, for giving people the tools to fashion their own future. Education of the rural third world requires much more than we can possibly understand in the developed world. It includes access to health care, clean water, an adequate diet, and gender equality. To do this, we need to have participation by people in developed countries assist in every way possible. This can happen by contributions of time, money, and materials.