Each year, we budget for community improvement projects – like renovating and improving the schools by adding toilet buildings, electricity, lights, fans, and fences. We occasionally repair schools that are flooded during the annual rainy season.
We rebuild roads leading to the schools. If the roads are not maintained, the children cannot walk or ride their bikes safely to school. During one heavy monsoon season, the children had to wade through knee-deep water to get to school.
One of our community improvements was to install streetlights so our English language students don't have to walk or ride bikes home in the dark.
Another community project was a tuk-tuk, purchased by a group who traveled to the village in 2013. In a village with limited transportation, this tuk-tuk is a lifesaver because it takes the villagers to the district health centers in Battambang, just an hour’s ride away. Before the tuk-tuk, people died because they had no way to get to a hospital.
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice.