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A Mine Free World Foundation facilitated the funding for the construction of all three schools and 2 libraries. It also facilitates the funding for all the outreach projects for landmine survivors.
Patti Lee & Barbara Seagram and the their Bridge Clubs from Toronto, ON and area
Patti Lee & Barbara Seagram travelled to Cambodia in 2011 and again in 2012 for the opening of a wonderful new School: Banyan Learning Tree, outside Phnom Penh (VIEW PICTURES). They also visited a Library that their fundraising built at a School in Bakot Village and visited a school in Prokeab Village. These are two other schools in the Banyan Learning Tree family that are located two hours outside Phnom Penh in remote, very poor rural areas in the province of Takeo. In addition to the building of the one School and library, Barbara and Patti also provided much of the furniture, equipment and supplies for these three schools, as well as our Outpost School (located in Toul Sambo) and also supplied one school with electricity! They along with the fundraising done at bridge events held Toronto and Chatham, ON. maintain the operation of these four schools.
Our interest in the School all began with a fundraising project that already existed. The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst was accepting donations for the purchase of bicycles in Cambodia for children who would otherwise be unable to get to School due to distance.
When we told everyone about this, our bridge community purchased 40 bikes. 27 of these were presented to the children on our Bridge Trip to Vietnam & Cambodia in Feb 2011.