The inception of this project happened during the GLEF delegate trip to Cambodia toward the end of January 2011. GLEF’s Founder, Kilong Ung, President Norb Murray and Cambodian-American Community of Oregon President/GLEF Board Member Chanly Bob were accompanied by Ambassador Hem Heng (Kingdom of Cambodia-U.S.) During the GLEF delegate stay in Cambodia, it secured its contract agreements with local contractors in Battambang, Cambodia to begin the its first school building project for the Âng Elementary School.
Shortly after the Âng School contractor agreements were completed, it came to the GLEF delegates’ attention that there was a brand new building completed for Taing Krosaing Junior High School, but the school was unable to use the building because there were no funds to build desks for the students and teachers. GLEF promised Taing Krosaing Junior High School that it would supply its desks, and thanks to GLEF’s generous donors and local Cambodian desk builder, 130 desks were delivered to the school in just over a month! The names of GLEF’s generous donors are honored on each of the desks.
GLEF’s first desk campaign exceeded its goal by raising funds for 50 more desks. These additional funds are flagged for GLEF’s next school building project.