In early 2016, we knew we wanted to be involved in a more practical way. The EC family wanted to play a more active role in a project so that we could truly understand the impact of our work. To fully act on the pillars of our CSR Charter (Sustainability, Education and Community), we wanted our next initiative to focus on making education accessible to children who would not otherwise be able to go to school.
First Things First
Ban Houy is a small, remote village which is home to 165 children and their families. Our first job was to build a well that would provide fresh, clean drinking water to the whole community. We later found out that the well was built just before a potentially devastating drought hit the region.
Building the School
Seeing the three-room school transform from a patch of land into a space where children could learn the skills they need to dream big was perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the initiative. Everyone was looking forward to seeing where the children of Ban Houy would spend their time learning their national language (Khmer), as well as numeracy, music, arts and crafts!
EC’s Volunteer Trip
In February 2017, an eager team of volunteers from EC set off on a 10-day trip to Ban Houy. They spent time talking to local families, encouraging kids to attend school, and demonstrating different teaching methods to increase student engagement at the new school. The EC volunteers found the trip to Cambodia both an eye-opening and humbling experience.
Continuing our Legacy
In line with our long-term plan, we have now built a second school with UWS in Don Lo, just a few miles from the first school. The Don Lo school is now complete and we will be sending another team of EC volunteers to work with the children and the teachers in 2019.