Dear Parents and Students,
We are the student leaders of this year’s UWS Cambodia Schools Project and this year, we are holding a two-week Donation Drive from Monday 21 October to Friday 1 November. We would like to request your help in gathering these items for the students at the UWS community schools, who lack the resources we often take for granted.
The donation items include:
- Colour/graphite pencils
- Pencil sharpeners
- Wigs/dress up hats/ masks
- Skipping ropes
- Balls for sports (e.g. tennis balls, volleyballs, rugby balls etc.)
- Small board games (e.g. Jenga, UNO, Snakes & Ladders, playing cards)
- Any other wooden or sustainable toys, sports equipment, games
We ask that the items preferably be new or unopened, but we will also accept lightly used donations. They can be collected in front of the office in the morning or at Ms Oxford’s room in B603.
United World Schools works with marginalised, rural ethnic-minority communities in Cambodia that are beyond the reach of the government education system and are isolated from vital facilities such as hospitals and schools. Many students come from remote villages and speak indigenous languages, making government education even more inaccessible. These community schools are teaching children to read, write and count in their own languages close to their homes, and as of this year, there are 103 UWS schools open or currently in development, with 12,000 total children attending UWS schools.
Not only does education empower individuals and their families, but it supports communities, creating positive outward effects and brings lasting change on a national level. Education allows children to be less vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation, forced labor and child marriages with improved educational and vocational opportunities.
This also addresses West Island School’s pledge to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, encompassing education, reduced inequality, decent work and economic growth, good health and well being, and gender equality.
Thank you for your time, and we hope you will consider supporting us.
Nicole Tan (12H3), Sahiti Peesapaty (12Y3) and Venus Yick (12Q3)