PIO is proud to announce the official opening of the Stung Mean Chey School building in Feb 2012. Taking one year to complete at a cost of $190,ooo USD, this school was built so the children and teachers at Stung Mean Chey have a proper learning environment in which they can excel.
If you were are visitor to our SMC site recently you will remember that our students were cramped over three properties in the SMC community. It was great to see so many eager students, but it was also sad that PIO had to turn kids away because of lack of space. The space we did use was make shift and temporary and both teachers and students had to endure the conditions. The old school was small with only a couple small windows. Because we were so close to the active dump site, the classrooms were always very hot with a rank smell and many flies. The corridors narrow, classrooms dark, and noise that would ricochet of each of the walls. It made teaching and learning very difficult. The children were determined….it was a school they could go to and they enjoyed it regardless.
The new building is 4 stories tall with 9 classrooms, a library, a meeting room and a great dining hall on the top floor. The children are very happy with the new building. It is big, colorful, and spacious. PIO hired a local artist to paint large murals on the front side of each of the floors to reflect the past history of many in the community and their migration from the provinces to the city in search of work. It shows how many without proper skills found themselves scavenging the garbage dump just to survive. Finally the last mural reflects the rewards and joys that education can bring. It’s a great message to the students at PIO and provides the hope that history will not repeat itself for the students who are determined to graduate.
We are grateful to our supporters who made this happen
- Kathy Hutchinson’s Family
- The Davidson Family Foundation
- Project Hammer (Singapore)
- Qiaoling Di Heil
- Richard Teo
- Maria Newman
- Tom MacGuinness
- Hiragushi Tomoyuki
- Steve Christov
- Lotus Lives
- Ingrid and Marc Giesselink