After more than ten years of tireless work to serve marginalised communities in South-East Asia, we announce the retirement of Chris Howarth, founder of United World Schools.
Our beginnings as a charity were humble. Chris, who first visited Cambodia in 2006 as a volunteer educational consultant, saw a need and opportunity to work with the hugely under-resourced local educational authorities of Ratanakiri, in NE Cambodia. Chris, being Chris, took action. Thanks to his vision, drive and commitment, the first community school opened in Kong Nork village in 2009 – UWS was born. The organisation has grown and developed every year since.
Today United World Schools have expanded to three countries, and have 89 schools either operational or currently being built. The organisation continues to reach children and communities in isolated and marginalised areas. UWS’s ethos, values and beliefs remain true to Chris’s original vision. We are incredibly proud of what he has started and commit to continuing his wonderful work.
On behalf of the 15,000 children who have since enrolled in a UWS Community School in Myanmar, Cambodia and Nepal, we say thank you to Chris – an inspiration to us all.