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Siem Reap – Varin
June 16 was an exciting day for children and community members in Utey village, Lvea Krang Commune, Varin district in Siem Reap Province! It was the opening day for their new primary school building as construction was completed and a Smoke-free Zone board clearly declaring that this school is a Smoke-free Zone.
The construction on this five-classroom school building began in November 2014, after the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia accessed the real needs in the community, with a donation from ADRA Korea and the LINCOLN GN company from Korea. The opening day ceremony included an official transfer of the building to the commune and authorities and declared the school to be a Smoke-free Zone.
Mr. Ken Chamroeun, ADRA Cambodia Nutrition for All project (a Canadian funded project) manager, based in Varin District, explained that before this school was built, children had to travel about 3 kilometers away from home to attend school because the school building in this location was falling apart. He appealed to the school committee, local authorities, teachers and parents to send their children to school regularly and to take good care of this school so it could serve them a long time. The donor from Korea, Mr. Park Gyung Nam, shared that that God loves us so much and this school shows God’s as He touched his hearts to contribute and show God’s love to others. It is this love that has made this school for the children in this village to grow in knowledge here in their own community.
Mr. Ly Bunna, deputy of Provincial Department of Education Youth and Sports, expressed his happiness at seeing collaboration between local authorities and ADRA for this big achievement for the young generation. He also expressed appreciated to the donors and school leaders which worked very hard to make this building a reality. Mr. Neak Narun, Varin district governor, added that this school building responds to the national strategy to reduce illiteracy and poverty as stated in the Millennium Development Goals of Cambodia. He expressed appreciated to ADRA and donors for the supporting this school from his heart and wishes God’s blessing on everyone working and serving for the communities.
Mr. Mark Schwisow , ADRA Cambodia Country Director, linked a healthy life style to better learning. He pointed to tobacco as a diseases which destroys our bodies whether we are the smoker or suffer from second hand smoke. He added that the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports of Cambodia had recognized and authorized smoke free regulations for their school grounds for fifteen years already. Finally, he declared that this school to be a smoke free zone, a peaceful place where healthy young children can become good men and women.
The old school
The NEW school