UWS Katcham School opened in 2013 in the Lumphat district of Ratanakiri. Previously a very under-resourced community, Katcham village is now developing well. Currently, the school has two community teachers and good attendance, regularly attracting over 150 pupils.
Alongside education, healthcare has been a focus of our work in Katcham. Since two volunteer doctors conducted a health survey in the village last summer, we’ve prioritised improving the health of all the communities we work in.
As we head into the coming year, there is still progress to be made. Plans for Katcham include improving the library and sports facilities, as well as equipping all students with their own UWS school bag, containing an exercise book, basic stationery and crayons for drawing.
Other priorities include building a toilet block and on-site teacher house. While it’s a beautiful village, Katcham is difficult to access during the wet season, so the new teacher house will be developed as soon as the weather permits. The government is providing new qualified teachers to work at the school.
The upcoming year will also see further exciting progress. In partnership with UWS, Yorn Dany, a member of the Lumphat district authority, will oversee educational development for UWS Katcham School.
In 2014/15, we’re looking forward to continue supporting the community of Katcham village with the help of Margaux Smith and family.
Margaux will be cycling 6,000km across Canada to fundraise for UWS. You can follow Margaux’s progress and make a donation on her blog http://margauxsride.com. Good luck Margaux and thanks.
Watch Margaux’s video interview with the Vancouver Sun, May 7th 2015
Here’s to another year!
Latest videos from Katcham, Cambodia
UWS Katcham School Specific Improvement Priorities, 2014/15
The school budget for 2014/15 is $9,000.
All figures shown are in US $.
- Teacher accommodation – $4,000
- Toilet block – $1,500
- Improved library resources – $500
- Updated teaching resources and learning equipment – $2,000
- Ongoing teacher support, development and training – $1,000
- Individual schools bags and stationery @ $2 per student – $500
UWS needs you!
UWS depends on the kind support of partners and fund raisers like Margaux and we would love it if you’d join us in our mission to teach the unreached.
If you’re interested in supporting our work, please get in touch via [email protected].