Âng School Water Tanks & Basketball Court

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The first GLEF school, Âng School in Battambang, Cambodia is going on its second year and students and staff are fully enjoying it. The village water tanks, which were graciously donated by the Rotary Club of Tualatin (Oregon, USA), have also been installed and are now ready for use in the upcoming dry season.

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GLEF gives special thanks to its Construction Chair, Mony Mao and GLEF Ambassador Mardine Mao for visiting the Âng School in January 2013 to meet with its principal and to see the water tanks’ installation, as well as to the Rotary Club of Tualatin.

After recent discussions, the GLEF Board decided to support a new addition to the school: a basketball court. The original request was for some sort of a play ground or play structure, so that students would be inclined to stay at school during the week or on non-school days, creating a community of fun and learning, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The new concrete court is not only being used to pass the ball and shoot hoops, but also for traditional Cambodian games like jump rope, hopscotch and Moeuk to name a few. It has not only become a gathering place during recess, but on the weekends too.

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This project was made possible by: Colm Power, Rotary Club of Tualatin, Matine & Vanna Morb, Honor Chanly, Carla C. Bock, In memory of Rasmey Nhek (by his sister Sokunthveary Shah) and anonymous donors. GLEF thanks these donors for this educational enhancement to The Âng School.

The school’s basketball court was completed in April 2013.

Photos © 2013 Mony and Mardine Mao.

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Zumba Benefit Party Sat July 27, 2013

GLEF_Zumba_7.27.13_72ppiRegister online today for Golden Leaf Education Foundation’s (GLEF) Zumba Benefit Party! All those that register prior to event day will be entered in a drawing to win 2 free tickets to GLEF’s A Magical Night in Cambodia taking place Aug 3, 2013!*

Zumba Benefit Party tickets are $10 each. The event will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center in Portland, Oregon. All ages are welcome to attend this unique fundraising event. Zumba is not limited to fitness fans — no dance experience is necessary!

This fun benefit will be featuring Hot Hula Fitness ® lead by Mercedes Brehmer Bieker, the first instructor in Oregon licensed to teach this format!

What is Zumba? Come find out what everyone is talking about! The Zumba ® program is an easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, exhilarating, effective, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™! Zumba is for all ages, body shapes and sizes.

What is Hot Hula Fitness ®? HOT HULA fitness® is a total body workout inspired by Pacific Islands dances set to the sounds of Polynesian drum beats fused with Reggae music.

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GLEF welcomes and is most grateful to these talented instructors: Mercedes Brehmer Bieker, who teaches Zumba and Hot Hula at PCC (Cascade Campus) and PulsePDX; Jessica Ideson, who teaches group fitness classes with LA Fitness and Maki Schwartz who teaches at teaches Zumba at CLUB BLUE Wellness Center and 24 Hour Fitness. Along with GLEF’s Zumba Benefit Party, these instructors have also donated dozens of hours for other local fund-raising events. Other local Zumba instructors volunteering their time at this event are: Maria Martell Mercado, Lydia Hernandez, Noriko Cummins, Haruno Boyce, Tomomi Ishiyama, Rosy Peou and Sarah Miller.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the fun goes from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Children are welcome, but must have a parent or guardian with them at all times. (No child care will be provided. Event most enjoyed by ages 6 and up.)

Register online to secure your spot at the Zumba Benefit Party. Ticket proceeds from this fun-filled fitness party go toward building elementary schools in Cambodia. Event updates at Golden Leaf Education Foundation’s Facebook page.

GLEF’s mission is to empower humanity by enhancing educational opportunities internationally, in memory of genocide victims and in honor of survivors, “golden leaves.” Founded in 2010 by local author Kilong Ung and friends, GLEF has already completed its first school in Cambodia that accommodates over 400 children. Ticket proceeds from GLEF’s Zumba Benefit Party will go toward building two more planned schools in Cambodia. GLEF is 100% volunteer ran. For more GLEF Zumba Benefit Party information, call 503-208-5323 (LEAF) or email GLEF at Info@GoldenLeafSchools.org.

* This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
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Food, Music and Dance “A Magical Night in Cambodia” Aug 3, 2013

GLEF_MNIC-2013_FoodIn three weeks, Golden Leaf Education Foundation (GLEF) will be having its 4th annual gala benefit, A Magical Night in Cambodia on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at the Ainsworth Event Center at the Scottish Rite in Portland, Oregon. Purchase tickets online today!

Event Updates: Joining our emcee Royal Rosarian (former Prime Minster) Bob Strader is Portland, Oregon’s 2013 Rose Festival Queen, Hannah Rice.

This event begins at 5:00 p.m. where guests at A Magical Night in Cambodia  will experience all the food, music and atmosphere that they’d find in the real place. There will be flavorful Cambodian cuisine from Mekong Bistro and local Cambodian-American chef and GLEF Project Lead Chhunny Sok. Local wines will be available to guests as they walk through the street market style kiosks and bid on unique silent auction items (auction also begins at 5:00 p.m.) brought from Cambodia especially for this special event. All proceeds go toward building schools and supporting education in Cambodia.

Our special guest speaker for the evening is Mr. Sichan Siv, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and international best selling author of Golden Bones, which tells his personal story of survival and success, taking readers from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Guests will be entertained by the Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon, who will perform a classical Cambodian dance called Robam Makhor. This dance is usually performed for His Majesty at the royal banquet during the final day of the water festival. It is the symbol of water, earth, fire and wind, and derives from a story, during which gods and goddesses dance together and transform into an aquatic creature known as “dragon”, symbolizing bliss.

Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer will also perform a special selection of songs. The evening will round out with our exciting live auction.

GLEF aims to raise enough money to build two more schools in rural Cambodia: Soeur Village Elementary School and Svay Klaing Elementary School.

In November 2011, GLEF opened its first school, the Ang School, in Battambang, Cambodia. Construction of the second school, Koh Broteal Elementary in Choum Raisse Village in rural Cambodia, began in February 2013 and is to be completed this summer.

GLEF’s mission is to empower humanity by enhancing educational opportunities for children in need, in memory of genocide victims and in honor of survivors, golden leaves.

For further information on GLEF’s A Magical Night in Cambodia, please call
503-208-5323 (LEAF) or email GLEF Public Relations Director, Grace Neal at Grace@GoldenLeafSchools.org.

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Cambodia (in Portland, OR) Aug. 3—Gala Benefit

GLEF_MNIC-2013Want to experience Cambodia without having to booking a flight? In less than a month, Golden Leaf Education Foundation (GLEF) will be having its 4th annual gala benefit, A Magical Night in Cambodia on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at the Ainsworth Event Center at the Scottish Rite in Portland, Oregon. Purchase tickets online today!

A Magical Night in Cambodia guests will experience all the food, music and atmosphere that they’d find in the real place. Authentic Cambodian cuisine and local wines will be served and guests will walk through the street market style kiosks and bid on unique silent auction items brought from Cambodia especially for this special event. All proceeds go toward building schools and supporting education in Cambodia.

Our M.C. for the evening is Royal Rosarian Bob Strader. Bob is a former Prime Minister to the Royal Rosarians and a supporter GLEF.

Our special guest speaker for the evening is Mr. Sichan Siv, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and international best selling author of Golden Bones, which tells his personal story of survival and success, taking readers from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Guests will be entertained by the Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon, who will perform a classical Cambodian dance called Robam Makhor. This dance is usually performed for His Majesty at the royal banquet during the final day of the water festival. It is the symbol of water, earth, fire and wind, and derives from a story, during which gods and goddesses dance together and transform into an aquatic creature known as “dragon”, symbolizing bliss.

Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer will also perform a special selection of songs. The evening will round out with our exciting live auction.

GLEF aims to raise enough money to build two more schools in rural Cambodia: Soeur Village Elementary School and Svay Klaing Elementary School.

In November 2011, GLEF opened its first school, the Ang School, in Battambang, Cambodia. Construction of the second school, Koh Broteal Elementary in Choum Raisse Village in rural Cambodia, began in February 2013 and is to be completed this summer.

GLEF’s mission is to empower humanity by enhancing educational opportunities for children in need, in memory of genocide victims and in honor of survivors, golden leaves.

For further information on GLEF’s A Magical Night in Cambodia, please call
503-208-5323 (LEAF) or email GLEF Public Relations Director, Grace Neal at Grace@GoldenLeafSchools.org.

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Zumba Benefit Party July 27!

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Register today for Golden Leaf Education Foundation’s (GLEF) Zumba Benefit Party on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center in Portland, Oregon! Tickets are $10 each. 

All ages are welcome to attend this unique fundraising event. Zumba is not limited to fitness fans — no dance experience is necessary! This fun benefit will be featuring Hot Hula Fitness ® lead by Mercedes Brehmer Bieker, the first instructor in Oregon licensed to teach this format!

GLEF_Shirt-Special-Offer_72ppiWhat is Zumba? Come find out what everyone is talking about! The Zumba ® program is an easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, exhilarating, effective, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™! Zumba is for all ages, body shapes and sizes.

What is Hot Hula Fitness ®? HOT HULA fitness® is a total body workout inspired by Pacific Islands dances set to the sounds of Polynesian drum beats fused with Reggae music.

GLEF welcomes and is most grateful to these talented instructors: Mercedes Brehmer Bieker, who teaches Zumba and Hot Hula at PCC (Cascade Campus) and PulsePDX; Jessica Ideson, who teaches group fitness classes with LA Fitness and Maki Schwartz who teaches at teaches Zumba at CLUB BLUE Wellness Center and 24 Hour Fitness. Along with GLEF’s Zumba Benefit Party, these instructors have also donated dozens of hours for other local fund-raising events. Other local Zumba instructors volunteering their time at this event are: Maria Martell Mercado, Lydia Hernandez, Noriko Cummins, Haruno Boyce, Tomomi Ishiyama, Rosy Peou and Sarah Miller.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the fun goes from 3:00-4:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Children must have a parent or guardian with them at all times. (No child care will be provided. Event most enjoyed by ages 6 and up.)

Register online, by phone or by mail (checks) to Golden Leaf Education Foundation. Event t-shirts and tanks are also available for $20 each (size S-XL) or for $25 you can get the event ticket & t-shirt or tank. Register by Monday, July 8, 2013 for the Ticket/Shirt Offer. (Shirt graphics are shown at the top of this article. Three shirt styles available—see above photo.) All proceeds from this fun-filled fitness party go toward building elementary schools in Cambodia. Event updates at Golden Leaf Education Foundation’s Facebook page.

GLEF’s mission is to empower humanity by enhancing educational opportunities internationally, in memory of genocide victims and in honor of survivors, “golden leaves.” Founded in 2010 by local author Kilong Ung and friends, GLEF has already completed its first school in Cambodia that accommodates over 400 children. Proceeds from GLEF’s Zumba Benefit Party will go toward building two more planned schools in Cambodia. GLEF is 100% volunteer ran.

For more GLEF Zumba Benefit Party information, call 503-208-5323 (LEAF) or email GLEF at Info@GoldenLeafSchools.org.

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Gala Benefit: “Magical Night in Cambodia”, Sat. Aug. 3, 2013

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Get your tickets for GLEF’s 4th annual gala benefit, A Magical Night in Cambodia! You’ll be transported to the beautiful country of Cambodia on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at The Ainsworth Event Center at the The Scottish Rite. Come and experience all the food, music and atmosphere that you’d find in the real place! Enjoy authentic Cambodian cuisine and local wines, then walk through the street market style kiosks and bid on unique silent auction items brought from Cambodia especially for this special event.

Our special guest speaker for the evening will be Sichan Siv, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and international best selling author of “Golden Bones”, which tells his personal story of survival and success, taking you from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to Capitol Hill in Washington Event.

Guests will be entertained by the Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon, who will perform a classical Cambodian dance and Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer. The evening will round out with our exciting live auction, where we hope to raise enough money to build two more schools.

“Magical Night” proceeds support GLEF’s mission is to empower humanity by enhancing educational opportunities for children in need, in memory of genocide victims and in honor of survivors, golden leaves. Our goal is to raise funds to build two more schools: Soeur Village School and Svay Klaing School. 

You may securely purchase tickets here, call GLEF at 503-208-5323 (LEAF) to purchase over the phone, or purchase through mail by mailing your check to: Golden Leaf Education Foundation, 3439 NE Sandy Blvd. #412, Portland, OR 97232.

We hope you’ll join us in this magical journey on Saturday, August 3rd at the Ainsworth Event Center at the Scottish Rite!

Download Promotional Photos for “A Magical Night in Cambodia”Just click on small photo, wait for large photo to appear, then download the high resolution image (300 dpi, approx. 3″ x 5″ photos.)

Tickets are:
$35 Students & Seniors • $50 General Admission • $95 VIP
VIPs receive: reserved seating, wine and a special Cambodian gift

Can’t attend but would like to contribute?

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10% Off Gala Benefit Tickets Until June 30, 2013!

GLEF_MNIC-2013-Early-Bird2Early bird tickets are 10% off until June 30, 2013 for Golden Leaf Education Foundation’s (GLEF) 4th annual gala benefit, A Magical Night in Cambodia on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at the Ainsworth Event Center at the Scottish Rite in Portland, Oregon. Purchase tickets online today!

A Magical Night in Cambodia guests will experience all the food, music and atmosphere that they’d find in the real place. Authentic Cambodian cuisine and local wines will be served and guests will walk through the street market style kiosks and bid on unique silent auction items brought from Cambodia especially for this special event. All proceeds go toward building schools and supporting education in Cambodia.

Our M.C. for the evening is Ms. Oregon 2012 Libby Crawford. She is a Royal Rosarian and a strong supporter of GLEF.

Our special guest speaker for the evening is Mr. Sichan Siv, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and international best selling author of Golden Bones, which tells his personal story of survival and success, taking readers from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Guests will be entertained by the Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon, who will perform a classical Cambodian dance called Robam Makhor. This dance is usually performed for His Majesty at the royal banquet during the final day of the water festival. It is the symbol of water, earth, fire and wind, and derives from a story, during which gods and goddesses dance together and transform into an aquatic creature known as “dragon”, symbolizing bliss.

Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer will also perform a special selection of songs. The evening will round out with our exciting live auction.

GLEF aims to raise enough money to build two more schools in rural Cambodia: Soeur Village Elementary School and Svay Klaing Elementary School.

In November 2011, GLEF opened its first school, the Ang School, in Battambang, Cambodia. Construction of the second school, Koh Broteal Elementary in Choum Raisse Village in rural Cambodia, began in February 2013 and is to be completed this summer.

GLEF’s mission is to empower humanity by enhancing educational opportunities for children in need, in memory of genocide victims and in honor of survivors, golden leaves.

For further information on GLEF’s A Magical Night in Cambodia, please call
503-208-5323 (LEAF) or email GLEF Public Relations Director, Grace Neal at Grace@GoldenLeafSchools.org.

 

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Mutare, Zimbabwe

On September 22, 2012, GLEF and the Portland Mutare Sister City Association (PMSCA) participated in a donation ceremony, symbolic of a new partnership. PMSCA connected GLEF to St. Werburgh’s Primary in Zimbabwe. The school’s kindergarten and special needs classrooms need renovating. Also, the teachers need supplies that better serve the education of the 112 three to five year old children (62 boys, 50 girls.)

Founder Kilong Ung independently raised $800, and the GLEF board voted to elevate the donation, bringing the total contribution to the requested $1,000. The money will pay for paint, furniture, and speciality learning and teaching equipment.

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Building the Foundations for Peace: GLEF’s Next Schools

Golden Leaf Education Foundation (GLEF) is moving forward with the next set of school projects!

In April 2012, the Golden Leaf Education Foundation Board approved three school projects to focus our funds toward. Each of the submitted projects were thoroughly reviewed by the Project Review Committee (PRC), a group made up of non-biased GLEF members who hold no stake in any of the projects.  The schools are: Koh Broteal Elementary school in Pursat Province, Phoum Bourn Svay Klaing Elementary school in Kampong Cham Province and Soeur Village Elementary School in Banteay
Meanchey Province.

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After the fundraiser, The Rotary Club of Edmonton West in Canada and the Rotary Club of Pursat in Cambodia reached out to GLEF, wanting to help kick-start this project. After the PRC reviewed the status of each school, it was decided to put funds from the auction toward rebuilding Koh Broteal Elementary School. The process started in November 2012 — one year after GLEF’s first school, the Âng School in Battambang was officially opened.

Koh Broteal Elementary School is located in Pursat Province in the poor, rural village of Choum Raisse. There are currently 142 school-aged children in the service area, with 215 children ages one through five who will soon be expecting to attend school in the coming years. However, the broken-down, single building school can only hold 68 students. As a result, these children attend class for half the day. The local community can only send their children to the existing school for the first two grades before they have to exit because of capacity issues. It sits on land once used as labor camps during the Khmer Rouge genocide. Many lives were lost, including those of children, on this land. GLEF board members Bonneary and Dave Simas* sponsored the project along with Bonneary’s mother, Ms. Eng Lean Ly. Bonneary and her mother were both enslaved in the Choum Raisse labor camps and lost numerous members of their family. The rebuilding of this school is of special significance for their family, as
it’s a way to help the healing process, from the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge.

*Bonneary and Dave Simas abstained from all voting processes.

Phoum Bourn Svay Klaing Elementary School  

This school has received so much support from the community in Cambodia. The school is located in Kampong Cham Province in the Commune of Svay Klaing. Very rural and once infiltrated by the Khmer Rouge, the community is working on improving the educational opportunities for the 167 students who currently attend the school. There are only four small classrooms and eight teachers, so students only attend half days.

The wooden structure that serves the school is leaking from the roof and has holes in the floor and walls. The principal reports that students frequently miss school because poor weather conditions cause flooding and increase the risk of the school falling apart.

Mr. Sokhom Tauch*, the project’s sponsor, is a Cambodian refugee. He continues to seek funding for his former community that was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge.

*Sokhom Tauch abstained from all voting processes.

Soeur Village Elementary School

Soeur Village Elementary School is located in the poverty stricken Mongkul Borey District. The current school consists of two buildings with 12 classrooms, but serves over 1,065 students. The structures are unsafe, unstable and too small for the number of students who want to learn. The community wants a better building, but don’t have the means to rebuild it.

This project is sponsored by GLEF founding member and dedicated volunteer Ms. Chhunny Sok*. Her father, now deceased, was a teacher in this area. During the Khmer Rouge take over, many educated people, including teachers were killed. Chhunny’s father survived, but many of his fellow teachers, and friends and family, died. He remained true to his belief that education is important, and continued to teach in the village after the genocide. Chhunny is dedicating her efforts to rebuilding this school to honor her father and his passion.

Funds raised from Chhunny’s donated auction item of a Cambodian Dinner (sold four times over) go toward this project.

Check our website for project updates and to donate.

*Chhunny Sok abstained from all voting processes.

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Truly a Magical Success: GLEF’s 2012 Auction

Photo courtesy of Sandra K. Banister
Thank you to all those who volunteered for and attended GLEF’s 2012 Auction Gala

Golden Leaf Education Foundation’s 2012 Auction Gala, A Magical Night in Cambodia, proved truly magical. Thanks to the many volunteers and the generosity of our wonderful guests and donors, we raised approximately $61 thousand. This is enough to start construction on our second school, Koh Broteal Elementary School. A small, dilapidated building located in the rural village of Koh Broteal of Pursat Province serves as the school and can only hold 68 students. The children attend school for half the day for the first two grades before they are forced to go to another school miles away. Due to these capacity issues and their inability to travel miles to the next nearest school, many drop out. The village was infiltrated by the Khmer Rouge in the 70s, and many people, including children, died in the killing fields close to where  the school stands today.

More than 200 guests attended the auction and enjoyed food provided by Mekong Bistro and wine from Eola Hills Wine Cellars while browsing an array of silent auction items from generous donors around the Northwest.

We awarded several student groups the special “Golden Leaf Education Foundation Outstanding Service Award” for their hard work in independently raising funds for Golden Leaf Education Foundation. Milwaukie High School Interact Club, Sherwood High School Interact Club, Lincoln High School Key Club and Lincoln High School Interact Club representatives were each presented a framed certificate as a sign of our appreciation for their support.

During the event, MC Ms. Oregon Libby Crawford engaged the crowd, wearing a special Cambodian dress hand made by Chan Phirath-Farley. Speakers Mr. Al Jubitz, President of Jubitz Family Foundation and peace advocate, H.E. Heng Hem, Cambodian Ambassador to the United States and Mr. Joseph Yun, Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, inspired the crowd with words of wisdom and sincerity. The auction and paddle raise were ran by Mr. Brian Bice, a professional auctioneer who specializes in philanthropic events. Guests watched a touching presentation created by GLEF board members Stephen Bachara and Mony Mao that profiled the next three schools GLEF plans to rebuild.

Bonnearin Sin and her dance troupe wowed the crowd with a very special performance of Aspara Dance, a traditional Cambodian classical dance.

GLEF would like to thank all those who attended, donated to or volunteered for the event. It’s your contributions that make what we do possible. It’s your continued support that will build more schools in memory of genocide victims and in honor of survivors.

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