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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Our goal is to locate and serve the many children in cambodia who live in the poorest rural villages and do not have access to equitable educational opportunities.

Programs: Enrichment: includes five projects that make up enrichment. English: we taught 764 students english during the year and supported the teaching staff. Technology: we taught students computer skills as a central component of continuing education. The student population for the year in the technology program was 951. Events: during the year we took the students on field trips and held back to school events. Libraries: this included the training and support of librarians, the purchase of books and games. The number of students served by the library services was 1,828. Sports, music and art: we supported soccer, volleyball, and badminton teams with training and equipment. For music and art we support approximately 950 students with workshops to expand their exposure to music and the arts.

secondary school scholarships: students who leave primary school at grade 6 and want to continue to secondary school can apply for scholarships for attending secondary school. 128 students were provided scholarships during the year.

food & wellness program: this program provided breakfast, lunch and snacks to the students. During the year 560 students were served meals on a regular basis. Wellness, clean water is provided at rural schools to minimize the incidence of water borne disease. Hygiene is taught at rural locations and cleaning materials are provided. First aid supplies are provied to school nurses. This program helps to serve 1,580 students.

bikes: bicycles are awarded to graduating 6th graders so that they might transport themselves to secondary school, often quite far from their villages. Engelstoft school: plf is beginning to take over their computer and english classes, will merge into that project next year. Facility: repairs and improvements are made to school property, for example solar installations, toilets, libraries, playgrounds, etc. Dormitories plf operated two dormitories in the city for high school studentsmicrofunding venture capital for start up businesses, now completed. Motobikes motorbikes are provided to plf staff and some teacherssupplies/uniforms: 2,600 students are given school supplies and uniforms twice per year. Teacher support: 76 teachers are given salary subsidies, teaching supplies and offered continuing education coursesmiscellaneous: allocation of a portion of 2 administrative staffs salary to projects they oversee. Grants to others: plf provided umbrella or donated to various projects in 2014.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

We first learned about Ponheary in 2004 and started making contributions. In 2006 we met with Ponheary and went to one of the schools to make bike and teacher bonus presentations. Last month, my 23 yr old daughter and I spent two weeks in Siem Reap volunteering with the PLF. We got to see Ponheary and Lori Carlson in action up close and it was very impressive. One day we drove out to Koh Ker school (3 hours from Siem Reap) to make a lunch for the kids, while Ponheary had a meeting with the teachers to discuss new goernment rules. We visited the new dorm that the PLF has purchased so 12 girls from the country can attend High School. Another day, we visited the family of one student who needed assistance getting his younger brother into Siem Reap to be fitted for a new wheelchair, and another time we checked into a house where orphans are living, but seem to need some assistance. Our two weeks in the classroom was amazing. The kids are wonderful, as well as their regular teacher. We learned what a difference just getting a school uniform can make in the lives of these kids, but Ponheary goes way beyond that, providing healthy meals, wells for clean water, and making the school a positive option to staying home and working on the garden or selling trinkets at the temples. I saw her turn a tourist's, "What can we do to help?" into them feeding a healthy lunch to 400 kids. Not only that but Ponheary, all her family, and various drivers and volunteers all came to chop, cook and serve.


Rating: 5

Amazing organization that provides education to Khmer students as well as the minor health care it takes to keep the kids in school, meals, nuitritional supplements, shoes, clean water, and whatever other projects donors and volunteers are willing to participate in to create a postiive structure and environment that is assistive in sustaining an educational environment for Cambodian kids. The organization itself is so sustainable because it is not bloated with management costs or salaries. The organization is run by Ponheary Ly and her immediate family including sister Lori. A very transparent organization doing amazing work!

Jennifer L.


Rating: 5

I've supported Ponheary and Lori's work for several years; traveled with my husband to Siem Reap and did an art exchange and English class in one of the schools, as well as sent funds on a regular basis. Education is Cambodia's future and this is hands on work changing the lives of children and families for the better. Cambodia is somewhere you can truly make a difference one-on-one. I have worked with many non-profits over the years and have never found one where the mission is so well served and the funds better allocated to actually making a difference. There is no fluff here -- and if you're lucky enough to visit in person, it will change your life.

Doug G.


Rating: 5

In 2007 my family and I visited Siem Reap with Ponheary Ly as our guide. Before arriving, I learned about her non-profit and spoke with the president Lori Carlson. By spreading the word to friends and family, we collected over $1500 which we personally donated. As a "reward" we had the opportunity to be the first group to sponsor a field-trip for 4th and 5th grade students to the temples at Angkor Wat. By hiring a Khmer speaking guide the kids were able to learn about their history - a topic not covered in school. While eating lunch at a nearby restaurant, another first for the children, an Australian approached us and asked what we were doing. After explaining that the Ponheary Ly Foundation enables poor children in rural areas to go to public school and that we were taking them on a history lesson, he immediately offered to help. He bought every chid a special treat: a canned fruit drink. Several hours later, our heads swirling with gods and goddesses, battles and legends, I noticed one girls still clutching her unopened drink. Ponheary I asked, "why isn't she drinking it?" Ponheary replied, "she will take it home and share it with her mother and father, sister and brothers."

Stephen S.


Rating: 5

Excellent Charity and cause. Members do not collect salary so all proceeds go directly to helping the children.