Gala Benefit “Magical Night” Sat. Oct. 6, 2018

A Night of Friendship, Entertainment & Fun!

Please join us for GLEF’s seventh Magical Night, Sat. Oct. 6, 2018!

It’s GLEF’s Eighth Annual Magical Night Gala Auction thanks to generous people like you!

Enjoy a festive evening full of friends, delicious Cambodian cuisine, wine, lovely auction items and performances lead by Sinon Him. This year, we’ll also celebrate with Khmer music and floor dancing!

  • Sat. Oct. 6, 2018 • Event Starts 5:30 pm (Doors open a half-hour before)
  • Clark Community College, Gaiser Student Center 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver
  • VIP $95 • Adults $50 • Students & Seniors $35
  • Sponsor a Table (Seat 8) • $400
  • Purchase Tickets Here to reserve your spot today.

Event Proceeds Benefit GLEF Schools in Cambodia.

Just completing our 5th school building, Magical Night proceeds go toward our new Comprehensive Educational Program (CEP) to sustain all GLEF School Buildings — Past, Present & Future. This video tells more information about our CEP.

Cocktail or Cambodian Formal Attire Encouraged

TICKETS

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Developing the GLEF Comprehensive Educational Program

In Nov. 2017, GLEF shared with its donors and supporters at the Seventh Annual “Magical Night” fundraiser about the upcoming develop its Comprehensive Educational Program (CEP). 

The goals of the CEP are:

  • Plan to Upkeep All GLEF Schools for Future Generations
  • Include After School Programming
  • Further Support for Students

This video tells more about the CEP.

To begin the CEP process, in February 2018, GLEF Ambassadors visited two of the five GLEF school buildings to touch base with the principals, teachers and students in person, as well has document the conditions of the buildings in order to access wear and tear (i.e. paint fading from the hot and sunny, Cambodian days). These visits provided helpful information to guide GLEF in formulating the CEP for its current school buildings and to improve future projects. 

The GLEF board is currently developing the CEP and plan to share updates at the Eighth Annual “Magical Night”, Sat. Oct. 6, 2018. Please join us to celebrate and hear the latest news!

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GLEF Completes Construction on 5th School Building

GLEF Ambassadors from the U.S. and Canada gather to help celebrate the grand-opening of Don Tret Community Elementary School in February 2018.

The construction of the new GLEF building at Don Tret Community Elementary School inin Somlaut in the Battambang Province in Cambodia is now complete. A three-room school has been built to support this new and growing village.  This project was made possible by individuals giving throughout the world, including generous donors at GLEF annual’s “Magical Night in Cambodia” fundraiser in 2016. 

In 2014, Project Leads and GLEF Ambassadors Paul and Samantha Eang submitted a project request to GLEF to consider building a more sustainable structure for this dedicated community. The proposal was approved in 2015, full funding was reached in 2016 and construction started in 2017.

In February of 2018, GLEF Ambassadors from the U.S. and Canada visited Don Tret to celebrate the grand-opening of the new school building. Joining GLEF on this trip was former Cambodian Ambassador to the U.S, Heng Hem and his wife.

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Gala Benefit “Magical Night” Sat. Nov. 4, 2017

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A Night of Friendship, Fashion & Fun!

Please join us for GLEF’s seventh Magical Night, Sat. Nov. 4, 2017!

It’s GLEF’s Seventh Annual Magical Night Gala Auction thanks to generous people like you!

Enjoy a festive evening full of friends, delicious Cambodian cuisine, wine, lovely auction items and performances by the Dance Troupe of Oregon and the Khmer Angkor Dance Troupe (of Vancouver, WA.) This year, we’ll also celebrate with Khmer music and floor dancing!

Event Proceeds Benefit GLEF Schools in Cambodia.

While constructing our 5th school building, Magical Night proceeds go toward developing comprehensive plans to:

  • Provide Quality Education Programs at GLEF Schools.
  • Sustain all GLEF School Buildings — Past, Present & Future.

Please visit GLEF’s Facebook page often for project & event updates.

Cocktail or Cambodian Formal Attire Encouraged

TICKETS

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GLEF Construction of 5th School Building

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Construction of our fifth school building project, Don Tret School in the Samlot District in Battambang Province in Cambodia is well underway! A three-room school is being built and you can see the progress of phases 1-3 on the GLEF’s Facebook page.

Soeur School Community Greets GLEF at its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Soeur School Community Greets GLEF at its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

GLEF Executive Director, Sophorn Cheang was present at the January 2017 site visit.

One of the purposes of the visit was to form a construction committee. Five members were nominated and selected: Mr. Puthy Tauch (a representative from Department of Education, Youth and sports in the district), Mr. Pheng Choun (TaSaagn District Chief), Mrs. Khoeun Prak (Village Chief),  Mr. Tola Voeun (Don Tret School Principal), Mr. Nit Khit (member of school committee).

The visit was also an opportunity to connect with the students and faculty and to distribute school supplies.

Mr. Sovanna Sok (Former Principal of Bak Touk High School, GLEF’s Executive Director’s ninth-grade teacher), provided some educational advice and shared his personal knowledge to the current principal. He also donated some of his personal money to the school principal.

It was a joyful day. Please see GLEF’s Facebook page for more photos from the day’s events.

This visit was a partnership between GLEF and UT Crop Protection Company in Cambodia. UT Crop Protection has supported the entire trip to Battambang including school supplies for students (202 students, 2 notebooks, 2 pencils and 1 pen each), calendars and planners for teachers, principal and community leaders.

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GLEF Completes Construction on 4th School Building

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The construction of the new GLEF building at Soeur Village Elementary School in Banteay Mancheay Province (Northern Cambodia) is now complete. A three-room school has been built where a worn building was torn down.  This project was made possible by individuals giving throughout the world, including generous donors at GLEF annual’s “Magical Night in Cambodia” fundraiser in 2014. Please check out GLEF’s Facebook page for Soeur School project photos.

This project was built in honor of former Soeur School teacher, Sok Prang father of Project Lead Chhunny Sok. During the Khmer Rouge Regime, he endured a multitude of hardships because he was a teacher. No one in the regime wanted to risk having people around that would test their intelligence. The war tried stripping Sok Prang of his compassion for teaching and educating, but he never stopped hanging on to hope. He continued to teach after the war and graced our world until 2005. We are honored to help carry on Prang’s legacy of love for education.

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GLEF Begins Construction on 4th School Building

GLEF_Soeur-03.15Thanks to the success of our 2014 “Magical Night in Cambodia” fundraiser, construction of our fourth school building project, Soeur Village Elementary School in Banteay Mancheay Province (Northern Cambodia) began the first week of February, 2015. A three-room school is being built where a worn building was torn down. Nov 2015 Update: The new Soeur School building now completed.  Please check out GLEF’s Facebook page for Soeur School project photos.

Soeur School Community Greets GLEF at its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Soeur School Community Greets GLEF at its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Project Lead, Chhunny Sok was present (pictured above) at the ground breaking ceremony, Jan. 9, 2015 in the exact place of the classroom of father, Sok Prang taught years back. During the Khmer Rouge Regime, he endured a multitude of hardships because he was a teacher. No one in the regime wanted to risk having people around that would test their intelligence. The war tried stripping Sok Prang of his compassion for teaching and educating, but he never stopped hanging on to hope. He continued to teach after the war and graced our world until 2005. We are honored to help carry on Prang’s legacy of love for education.

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GLEF Annual Winter Potluck Sat, Feb 7

GLEF_2015-PotluckCelebrating GLEF’s Fifth Year, come visit and hear stories from GLEF’s January 2015 trip to Cambodia sucha as the Svay Klaing School dedication ceremony, Soeur School ground breaking ceremony, stories of giving medical supplies, bicycles, uniforms and much more on Saturday, February 7, 2015 starting at 5 p.m.

All are welcome! Please bring friends and family. Children are welcome.
Admission is free!

POTLUCK

Those with a last name starting with A-N:
Please bring salad or dinner dish. Suggestions include salad rolls, pad thai, Cambodian chicken or tofu salad, stew, or whatever is your favorite dish.

Those with a last name starting with O-Z:
Please bring dessert or fruit.

When
Sat, Feb 7, 2015

Where
Oaks Park Pavilion
7805 Southeast Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202

EVENT SCHEDULE

5:00 p.m.
Doors open and potluck buffet will be set up as people arrive. People can eat whenever they wish.

7:00 p.m.
GLEF Introductions
Stories from GLEF’s January trip to Cambodia

8:00 p.m.
Time to Dance!
Sambo Tep, DJ Music

RSVP & MoreInformation
Info@GoldenLeafSchools.org

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Help Make a Difference

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There are numerous ways you can support students in Cambodia through GLEF. Some ways are:

Buy a Book: GLEF Founder Kilong Ung’s memoir Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor details his experience of surviving Khmer Rouge Genocide, and immigrating to the U.S. where he grew from a teenager to an adult, overcoming hurdles and achieving rewarding experiences.50% of book sales support GLEF’s mission. $24.95 + shipping.

Buy a Desk:  A $40 donation purchases a brand new desk for students in Cambodia. Desk donations can be dedicated “In Honor of”, or “In Memory of” a special person in your life. (Donate right side of this page; please let GLEF know the dedication information.)

Leave a Legacy: Including GLEF in your estate plan is a powerful way to invest in the future of education. Leave a legacy gift and help empower humanity by enhancing educational opportunities internationally. Contact GLEF for more “Leave a Legacy” information.

Donate to GLEF’s Mission: Donations to GLEF are tax-deductible and can be made here online (right side of this page) or by mail:

Golden Leaf Education Foundation
3439 NE Sandy Blvd. #412
Portland, Oregon 97232

Shop amazon.com: Click on the amazon.com logo (top right side of this page) and shop! It’s as easy as that and amazon.com will then donate a percentage of your purchase to GLEF!

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Four Years Old and Three Schools!

GLEF_Svay-Klaing-Build-CompleteOur third school, Phon Bourn Svay Klaing School in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, opened its new doors on Nov. 3, 2014! The new, five-classroom building is where 150 kindergarten-sixth grade students learn. This new building is a welcome addition to the village. The school’s previous building posed potential danger to the students, faculty and community and it was in desperate need for replacement.

According to Svay Klaing villagers, the original school was built in 1979 immediately following the defeat of the Khmer Rouge regime. School building materials were the remnants of abandoned buildings in the village. The local temple donated land for the school inside the temple compound, but were unable to support the costs of maintaining the building or operating the school. The building was beyond repair. Parents worried that the school’s roof or the walls would collapse, especially during days with heavy rain or wind storms. The school principal reported students were frequently released early in response to potential risks posed by weather conditions and the poor physical structure of the school.

GLEF Svay Klaing 3.3.14_S.Orn_crop_3550Svay Klaing School Project Lead, Mr. Sokhom Tauch is a Cambodian refugee who had the opportunity to resettle in the U.S. He returns regularly to his home country and community to give back. One of his projects was raising the funds necessary to rebuild the temple that shares its property with the school. Each time he would visit his community, he witnessed the deterioration of the Svay Klaing School, hoping that the government would help. Seeing the children benefitting from the classes taught at the school, and the families who placed education on the top of their priority list gave him the inspiration to rebuild this school. In November 2011, Sokhom and his wife had the chance to see the opening of GLEF’s first school building at Âng School in Battambang, Cambodia. It was an amazing day for them, seeing the newly built school building standing elegantly and ready to serve happy and excited children and their parents. Shortly after, Sokhom submitted a project proposal on behalf of Svay Klaing School to GLEF; it was approved in 2012. In 2013 GLEF raised the funds to build Svay Klaing School a new five-room building. Groundbreaking for the new school was Jan. 15, 2014. With the help of Sophalla Orn, GLEF Project Manager in Cambodia, GLEF received regular construction updates and photos. The original building was torn down and students carried on their studies at the temple next door. The children were able to witness and at times help (see photo) during the construction process! Upon the completion of this project, Mr. Meng Leng the Chief of School Support Committee/ Construction shared, “The school is very beautiful and strong. We are really satisfied and love it. I commit to look after this new school, a valued gift from GLEF.”

GLEF thanks all our supporters for providing opportunities to each and every child who attends our schools in Cambodia! For updates throughout the year, please visit GLEF on Facebook!

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