Bridge of Life School is a not-for-profit organization providing free educational and community based programming at rural sites in the Cambodian countryside. Our mission is to build bridges to opportunities previously unavailable through a Khmer led, community supported approach.
We are a local organization run by Khmers for the benefit of Khmers. We value community-based development and our staff come from and have a direct relationship to the communities where we work.
We are an independent non-profit and do not receive funding from the government. We are able to develop our own programs and teach, train, and support beneficiaries who participate on their own accord.
We are open to different ideas and strategies; our approach is grassroots and very flexible: we try new things, sometimes make mistakes, but learn from them and make adjustments to avoid them in the future.
We value community ownership and are striving to become financially independent in the long-term. We do this by partnering with local social enterprises who use their profits to fund our programming.
WHO WE ARE
- We build bridges together by teaching, training, and supporting local individuals and communities.
- We hire Khmer staff always come from and have a direct relationship to the communities where we work.
- We are open to different ideas and strategies; our approach is grassroots and always flexible; we try new things.
- We work with motivated students and communities who actively participate on their own accord
- We value community ownership and keep self-sustainable independence as a long-term goal.
Sok Prin and Edward Roohan cofounded Bridge of Life School in 2009. Edward visited Cambodia through a university volunteer program and met Sok who was employed at the hotel and non-profit where the group stayed. During this time Sok mentioned his desire to start an English school and non-profit to help residents of his hometown. After a lot of discussion and planning a $250 donation was made to start the school. Land was donated, an old wood building was renovated, and books and materials were purchased for the eighty initial students.
We provide free English classes at three sites in the Cambodian countryside and reach over 200 students daily. By facilitating language acquisition we can connect students to the tourism economy where they can find jobs that pay a living wage.More Details
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