A New Children’s Library in Cambodia

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Children's Library in Cambodia

Construction of the children’s library I decided to raise money to build in Cambodia has finally been completed. It is located on the grounds of Hor Nam Hong Preay Nhear Primary and Lower Secondary School in Batheay District, Kampong Cham, Cambodia.

Room_to_Read_logo_color_medium_270x173In the story that drove the fundraising I explained why I believed there was a drastic need for such a library in Cambodia specifically. (You can hear this story via the YouTube video at the bottom of this post.) Thanks to Room to Read and a long list of people and organizations, over 1300 kids in Cambodia now have access to books in both English and Khmer.

“We really appreciate Room to Read and their donor who brought this project to our community. We thank them for providing materials and resources for building the room, and I pledge that we will do our best to run and maintain the building. This is a very important addition to our community. We want every one to know that they can read books in the library and also at home. This is the first time that the school and community have had a beautiful library building and library resources. This would not have been possible without Room to Read.We hope the colorful illustrations in the books will inspire the students to stay in school.”
Hor Nam Hong Preay Nhear School Director

“I am so happy to have a library building. I never dreamed that I would have access to so many books and knowledge. I am especially excited to read about the world and improve my reading skills. By studying, I hope to further my education.”
-12 year old student

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Organization, materials, training and books were provided by Room to Read. 85% of the funding came through the supporters listed below. All labor as well as 15% of funding came from the community of Preay Nhear.

Get all the details in the full report from Room to Read.

I won’t personally accept praise or thanks for making this happen. It would have been impossible without even one of the number of people or organizations involved.

What I will say is that I saw a problem in the world, I sought a solution I believed in and then when I found it, I did my best to inspire others to believe with me.

The lesson I learned…

Inspiration is a currency of change.

I hope that you will take this with you. I hope that you will take the time in your own life to become an active proponent of inspiration and change in your community, your country or your world.

Thank you all so very much.

Live, love & travel well,

– JP Morgan Jr

The dedication plaque affixed to the Constructed Reading Room.

The dedication plaque affixed to the Constructed Reading Room.

The spacious Constructed Reading Room has enough space to accommodate all of the students.

The Constructed Reading Room has enough space for the students to comfortably gather and read the new books.

The children are excited to grab new books from their library.

The children are excited to grab new books from their library.

In addition to books, Room to Read provided educational games and puzzles.

In addition to books, Room to Read provided educational games and puzzles.

This student has selected a new book to read.

This student has selected a new book to read.

This young girl has found a quite corner in which to read a new book.

This young girl has found a quite corner in which to read a new book.

A student reads her favorite book.

A student reads her favorite book.

This student has selected her favorite storybook.

This student has selected her favorite storybook.

The students gather in the library to read and play games.

The students gather in the library to read and play games.

Even the youngest students enjoy the colorful picture books provided by Room to Read.

Even the youngest students enjoy the colorful picture books provided by Room to Read.

The AMAZING PEOPLE & ORGANIZATIONS that made the 85% funding of this library possible:

Cameron Edwards $2,000
Paul and Carol McDermott $1,000
Michael & Brenda Laverty $1,000
John P Morgan Jr $1,000
Lynn Moran $1,000
John P Morgan $1,000
Wings Foundation $1,000
Mark Leeman $1,000
Cranston Stadium Elementary School $900
Change Media Group LLC $900
J Sarah Nicol $500
Unknown $270
Laurel Walsh $250
Rich Lang $250
John Jacob Burke $250
Rob Bevan $200
Jan Cisek $101
Susan Norman $100
Johnathan P. Munko $100
Debra Morgan $100
Kathy Crassweller $100
Kevin Trimmer Photography $100
Kathy Huynh $100
R.J. Heim $100
Keska Productions $100
Annie Morgan $75
JoAnn & Richard Sullivan $60
Rebekah Warren $50
Jeff Guthrie $50
Leti Jacques $50
Diane Ferrara $50
Michel Schmid $50
Shawn $50
Dana Borrelli $50
Sarah S $50
Eric Wu $50
Anonymous $50
Jessica Willett $45
Estelle Cruse $35
Malika $35
Providence Country Day School $30
Sergio $30
The Kupka Family $20
Mary Jo Murray $20
Chris Tittle $20

The story that drove the fundraiser at OneOldPen.org
Pro-bono video production by friend Eric Anagnostis at BLAMO! Studios.
Pro-bono music by friend Mike Gertrudes.

2 Thoughts on “A New Children’s Library in Cambodia”

  1. Anna Says:

    It’s amazing to see what you’re doing! The world needs more people like you 🙂 !

  2. Tracy Bolin Says:

    You have done an amazing job with this library! We are opening a library in Haiti this spring. I see that you have not visited Haiti. We would love to invite you to stay with us. Everyday is a new adventure!

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