THE STORY OF
CCAHA

 

I am Chheang Phalla, and I am responsible to the Cambodian Child and Hope Association.

Like so many other children born in a poor village, I did not go to school.

There were no schools and no teachers at that time.

Therefore in 1997, when I was 13 years old, my parents sent me to the Preah Dak Pagoda outside Siem Reap.

I worked there as a temple boy, helping the monks in their daily duties, hoping to become a monk myself. In return, the monks taught me to read and write in Khmer - our language – as well as mathematics and English.

In 2005 a family school was established in Preah Dak Village, and besides being a novice monk, I started teaching there as a volunteer.

 

In 2007 I became an ordained monk at the Preah Dak Pagoda.

As a Buddhist monk I walked the villages every morning with my bowl, collecting alms in the form of food. It is a way for people to show humility and respect to the monks.
On my visits to these villages, I met so many children who did not go to school.

I talked with the children and found out that most of them were of very poor families who were not able to send their children to school as they would have to provide them with school uniform, books, pen and notebook, and to pay extra fees to the teachers. Besides, the poor families need their children to help in the rice fields and with other household chores.

Other children I met were orphans whose survival was dependent on the mercy of the villagers.

Obviously, these children only have very limited chances in life, and they are at great risk of getting into problems like prostitution or drug addiction both of which are major problems in Cambodia.
I felt a strong passion to help these children and invited them to the pagoda where a room for teaching was made available to us by the monks.

At that time, I had nothing to support the education but an empty room. No books, no pens or paper for the children to make notes. So if tourists came by, I asked them for help to buy teaching material. I want to thank these tourists warmly because their help enabled me to get started.

In other villages, they soon heard about my project, and several village chiefs asked me if I could help them to establish a school in their village.
One by one, people from the villages came to me. I helped them the best I could. The villagers worked together and built simple, open bamboo huts where more children could learn to read and write and I asked young people, who had been lucky enough to go to primary school, to teach.
However, I needed much more time for the project.

Therefore, in 2009, I decided to ask my prior at the pagoda if I could step back as a monk in order to devote all my time to the project.I felt the importance of helping these children so deeply.
The prior gave me his blessing and told me that I could continue using the rooms at the pagoda for teaching. I was very grateful, I had rooms for teaching and I was now able to devote all my time to help the poor children. In this way CCAHA, the Cambodian Child and Hope Association, was created.

 

Today we have five schools with more than 500 children.

I now know that by teaching these children to read and write Khmer as well as some English, they get a better chance in life.
But the truth is that constantly we are under severe pressure financially: We need money for books, maintenance of the schools, teacher salary etc.
The poverty of the villages is endless and there is by no means any possibility that the poor villagers can send their children to the public school.
Therefore, we strongly feel that we have a mission.

The fact that we can move these children out of illiteracy, gives them a much stronger chance of a more meaningful life. However, we need more books and other educational material. We need funds to support salaries for the teachers.

Supporting us, is not only supporting more than 500 children, but also supporting Cambodia to recover after the fatal years of the Khmer Rouge.

Should you decide to help us I´ll be forever grateful.

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  Supporting us, gives the
poorest children a chance for a better life

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Contact
You can contact us at:

ccaha_phalla@yahoo.com

Facebook Pages:
Phalla Chheang
CCAHA

You can skype us at:

Skype : ccahaphalla

  There are two ways to send donations:
Either you can use Western Union. It's fast and on the Cambodian side there are no charges.

Name: Chheang Phalla
Telephone: +855-17 282 272

Address:
Preah Dak Village

Preah Dak Commune, Banteay Srey District
Siem Reap Province
Cambodia

Or you can use our bank account:

CANADIA BANK PLC
265-269 Ang Duong Street
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Swift: CADIKHPP
Name: CAMBODIAN CHILD AND HOPE ASSOCIATION
Account No. 008-0000115057

 
 

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