Why we need this program
In power, the Khmer Rouge closed schools, hospitals and factories, abolished banking, finance and currency, outlawed all religions, confiscated all private property and relocated people from urban areas to collective farms where forced labor was widespread. The purpose of this policy was to turn Cambodians into "Old People" through agricultural labor. These actions resulted in massive deaths through executions, work exhaustion, illness, and starvation.
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The Khmer Rouge attempted to turn Cambodia into a classless society by depopulating cities and forcing the urban population ("New People") into agricultural communes. The entire population was forced to become farmers in labor camps.
Books were burned, teachers, merchants, and almost the entire intellectual elite of the country were murdered, to make the agricultural communism, as Pol Pot envisioned it, a reality. During their four years in power, the Khmer Rouge overworked and starved the population, at the same time executed selected groups who had the potential to undermine the new state (including intellectuals or even those that had stereotypical signs of learning, such as glasses).
Now free of this ruthless regime, Cambodians are desperately trying to look to the future, however, they are still hampered by economic constraints.
There are a lot of students in Cambodia who, despite achieving outstanding results at secondary school, cannot afford to pay for tertiary education and, while they understand that their biggest stepping stone out of poverty is through education, the cost of university is well beyond the means of most Year 12 students.
How much does this cost?
Depending on the course and the length of the course, universities charge varying prices. However, a sc
Why should I sponsor a student in Cambodia?
Let the students tell you themselves....prior to being accepted for a IECF University Scholarship, we asked some of the students to write to us and tell us why IECF should find a sponsor for them. Here are some of their comment scholarship of $450 per year will be quite sufficient to put a young student through a degree of his or choice.
My mother and father were diabetes, he was cutting his leg when my mother haven had proper job, I always ate with sugar palm every morning before go to school and walk to school. My mother started to have sickness and she did not get treatment. I am oldest in my family and i try to work hard to supported myself and family then all of them still young(i mean sister and brother). Sadly, my mother wanted me to stop to study because she did not have the ability to support my studying anymore. After 3 years at secondary school I caught fish and frog to sell for money. I work with an NGO as a translator. I teach English for free in my village every Saturday night. I wish to study English language at university. Now I have to support my family and save money for school. I am afraid I will be losing my dream."
"I graduated from high school in 2009 and I wanted to find a job straight away, but I could not get one. I wanted to continue my study at University so I tried to find a job at the same time. In 2010 I got a job as at New Hope Organization. I was very happy because I have my own salary but I cannot pay school by myself. At New Hope Organization I work as Admin-Assistant. I really love that job and am happy to working there. As you know right now Cambodia meet Economic Crisis so my sister that always support me cannot help me no more that's why I decided to ask for help to find sponsor."
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