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Pearl S. Buck International Announces Partnership to Benefit Childhood Education in Cambodia
Pearl S. Buck International is thrilled to announce it has entered into a partnership with fellow non-profit charitable organization Caring for Cambodia to benefit childhood education in Cambodia.
Pearl S. Buck International, based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was founded by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, humanitarian, and social justice activist Pearl S. Buck. It continues her legacy of bridging cultures and changing lives through humanitarian aid, intercultural education, and historical tours of the Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark. Pearl S. Buck International provides humanitarian aid around the globe through the funding of projects and child sponsorships in China, Kenya, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam—and now Cambodia.
Between 1975 and 1979, nearly 2.5 million Cambodians lost their lives as the Khmer Rouge regime sought to turn Cambodia into a communist, agrarian society. The Khmer Rouge targeted and essentially wiped out the country’s educated class and its professionals in the genocide, leaving the nation and future generations with few role models as survivors worked first to survive and then to rebuild following the overthrow of the brutal regime.
It is in this societal atmosphere that Caring for Cambodia began to work, striving to help build a national educational system which makes it possible for every Cambodian child to attend school from preschool to 12th grade and to graduate with the skills required for higher education or for obtaining meaningful employment. This enables students to support their families, to become productive citizens, and to give back to their communities.
Through this new partnership, people will be able to sponsor through Pearl S. Buck International children going to schools operated by Caring for Cambodia in Siem Reap, Cambodia. These donations will not only go toward helping these children have access to an education and the ability to stay in school, but also toward the nutrition and healthcare necessary to maintain a productive education.
Pearl S. Buck was a firm believer that an education was foremost to helping impoverished and marginalized children lift themselves out of poverty and build a brighter future for themselves and their families, which aligns with Caring for Cambodia’s mission of educating the next generation of Cambodian citizens and leaders.
“I am excited about the new partnership between Pearl S. Buck International and Caring for Cambodia,” noted Anna Katz, President & CEO of Pearl S. Buck International. “Caring for Cambodia has a unique community approach to education and development. It is recognized by the Cambodian government for its standards of excellence in education and is the national model for education in the country. Together, Pearl S. Buck International and Caring for Cambodia will change the lives of Cambodian children and forge a better future for Cambodia.”
“I’m thrilled that we’re joining forces with such a long-standing, renowned organization committed to building better lives for children around the world,” said Jamie Amelio, Founder and CEO of Caring for Cambodia. “Pearl S. Buck International shares our dedication to ensuring all children receive education, nutrition, and preventive health care to become self-sufficient, and I look forward to the lives that will be improved through our partnership.”
For more information on sponsoring a child in Cambodia, please go to our Child Sponsorship page at https://pearlsbuck.org/help-children-in-need/sponsor-a-child/ .
About Pearl S. Buck International
Pearl S. Buck International® provides opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures, builds better lives for children around the globe and promotes the legacy of our founder by preserving and interpreting her National Historic Landmark Home.
About Caring for Cambodia
Caring for Cambodia (CFC) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, charitable organization dedicated to educating a generation of Cambodian children today, to make a difference for Cambodia’s tomorrow. CFC’s philosophy is that only through education can true change occur. By providing a multi-pronged approach, CFC removes barriers and provides quality education to 7,000 students annually across 21 schools from preschool through 12th grade in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia. This is accomplished through 10 innovative programs including Health Education, ICT/STEM, and Gender Equity, all at no cost to the students. CFC is committed to Cambodian leadership in order to ensure its mission is sustainable.
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