Korean Lions Bring Hope to a Village in Cambodia
The Lions of District 356-F in Korea recently received a US$30,000 Standard grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Chung Spean Primary
School located in Chung Spean Village in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, was in critical need of an expansion. The school did not have enough space for its more than 200 students and Lions felt the environment was not conducive for learning.
The Lions constructed a new building which includes an additional classroom and a multi-purpose room. Lions also installed a new water well for clean drinking water. The well provides water not only for the students but for the entire village.
“While we were looking for a meaningful service project, one of the district cabinet members suggested that we need to participate more in worldwide service activities. The idea was approved in the cabinet meeting and a local government official recommended Chung Spean School in Cambodia,” explains Past District Governor Sa-Jo Chung. “We were told that three times more students are now regularly attending school after the project (used to be only 100 and now 300). And community members no longer need to walk four hours to get water. We were very happy to witness that so many people gathered at the well to take care of their needs as soon as it was set up.”
“With new school, we hope more children will get the education they need and grow up to be competent citizens to further develop Cambodia. And with new water system, we hope community members can live healthier and contribute back to the society,” says PDG Chung.
The project’s impact does not stop there. In fact, college students in District 356-F were so moved when they heard about this project that they recently visited Chung Spean school and participated in service activities for the school children. The current district cabinet is planning to visit Cambodia again in March 2016 to build a playground at the school and houses in the village.
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