Please enjoy these photos of recent events at Spitler School
Village Elder, Soeum, oversees barbering operations for some of our students.
Jim Latt provides a tour of Kurata School for travelers with the Road Scholar educational travel program.
Sarin instructs the group, which included grandparents traveling with their grandchildren.
The hard work begins for these caring volunteers.
The group pitched into paint both a classroom and the fencing in front of the property.
Kurata School classroom BEFORE.
Kurata School classroom - AFTER
Spitler School welcomes students from Fariview International School in Malaysia.
Our kids share some of their songs with the students from Malaysia.
Malaysian Students join in for Spitler School lessons.
Thank you's are exchanged between Sarin and the sponsors of the visiting students.
We have distributed over 70 bicycles to graduates, which is their only transportation to middle school. We quickly realized a need for a bicycle repair station.
Cambodian roads are rough on bicycles, so we keep a supply of parts available for repairs.
Students send Pam a special birthday wish.
The rainy season has been a bad one this year causing some damage to our two year old road.
Students and teachers pitch in to help with road repairs.
Getting ready for the new school year we invest in a weed wacker.
Daro takes on the challenge of attacking the encroaching jungle.
Sarin decided that the five-year-old Irvin Spitler Library needed some touching up.
We have come to love the bright colors just like the Khmer people. Sarin calls this the "lucky color."
A new volunteer, Gasuga from Japan, pitches into a construction project to build a cover for vehicles arriving at the school.
Teachers join in on the project.
The end result is a protective cover for the teachers' motorcycles.
School registration is underway with hundreds of parents and students signing up for the new school year.
Spitler School joined with seven other NGO's and the International Labor Organization to raise awareness of child labor and encourage parents to enroll their children in school.
Sarin was one of the lead speakers at the event.
A large audience of parents listen to speakers tell of the advantages of getting an education for their children and preventing child labor abuses.
Several students were chosen to receive school supplies at the end of the event.
Our graduates are all fitted for their middle school uniforms.
These girls were members of our 2010 graduating class and they are receiving pairs of closes toed shoes which are a requirement at middle school.
The graduating class of 2011 receive the shoes and uniforms that they will need to attend middle school and continue their education.
Jim welcomes this year's long term volunteer from the German volunteer organization,Weltwaerts. We are sure that Julianne will be a great member of the Spitler School Staff in the coming school year.
After successfully completing their first year of middle school our 2010 graduating class and their parents meet with Jim, Sarin, and Dorn to discuss the scholarship program for the next school year.
Jim gives the details of the program and Sarin and Dorn act as interpreters.
Both students and parents attend the meeting.
At the end of the meeting bags of rice are given to some of the neediest of the families in the program.
Flooding has been an ongoing problem throughout the area, but Spitler School is situated on a high enough piece of land that it becomes like an island during the heavy rains.
Scenes from the streets of Siem Reap where the river running through the city continues to overflow its banks.
Jim had to move into a guest house when the rising river invaded his rental home.
Some of our students' homes.
Sory Bo was one of our brightest fourth grade students, back in 2008, but he had to drop out of school to help feed his five brothers and sisters.
Bo worked as a shoe shine boy and on a good day he could make $1 to $2. Recently his parents have been able to find construction work enabling him to return to school.
He is thrilled to be back as Spitler School and has tested well enough to qualify for the 6th grade class. At 15-years old he will be a couple of years behind his former classmates, but we think he will catch up quickly.
Our sweet little Sari Malin was happy when a long awaited package finally arrived with her medicated eye patches. The package which Pam had sent her in June was lost, but then it finally arrived. Sari Malin suffers from "lazy eye," but is following the doctor's instruction to help correct her eye.
Also in Pam's package were some little gifts for Sarin's lovely daughters Vita and Vitee. They sent Pam this photo showing off the colorful hair ribbons she sent them.