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Founded in April 2004 by Foster City, CA Rotarian Hans Eide, the Cambodia Academy at Mongkol Borei provides a basic education aimed at reaching Cambodia's poorest youth.

After having been both touched by the genuine kindness of the locals and yet unsettled by the widespread poverty suffered in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Khmer Rouge era, Hans led efforts to turn an underutilized building into a thriving school in a region where education in neither compulsory nor affordable for the poorest families.

Thanks to the generosity of the Shiraki Foundation, the school completed the construction of a second building in the summer of 2012. During that time, the school also reached the maximum enrollment of 345 students in twelve classes in grades K-9. The curriculum emphasizes English and all general subjects such as Khmer (the local language), math, science, and social studies.

The Cambodia Academy is located in the Mongkol Borei District, which is within the Banteay Meanchey Province, in northwestern Cambodia. There are approximately 157 villages in the district, and as of 1998 the population was about 138,000.

Visitors to the school can fly to Siem Reap from Bangkok, or can drive from Bangkok to the border crossing at Poipet and then continue on National Highway 5 to the school. If you would like to visit the school, please contact us for specific directions.

School address:
The Cambodia Academy at Mongkol Borei
P.O. Box 388
Battambang, Cambodia

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