Who We Are

In 2011, my family and I had a life changing experience when visiting Cambodia. We witnessed not only the rich history, culture and gentle nature of the Khmer people, but the devastating poverty that exists. It was an incredibly moving experience and for me at 68, I instantly knew that I wanted to use my remaining years to provide aid to this wonderful country.
In 2012, on a return visit, my family was fortunate to visit a school, Srey Vibol Ke, just outside of Siem Reap, the home of one of the wonders of the world, Angkor Wat. The school which holds over 300 students aged between 8-22 was in a very poor state.
The toilet and water facilities were inadequate with only 2 squat toilets to accommodate the students and the 7 teaching staff. The well was dry and the water pump for the toilets was in a state of disrepair. The teaching aids were scarce and sporting equipment was non existent.
We couldn't help but feel overwhelmed by what we saw and whilst my family was able to present every student with a new uniform, coloured pencils, biros, writing pads and some sporting gear, we came away feeling that so much more could be done.
Through the Happy Days Cambodian Village School Incorporation, it is our aim to create awareness of the poverty affecting schooling in Cambodia and to provide aid to impoverished children, striving for an education in very difficult circumstances. By working closely with our Cambodian friends, we can make a difference. A little money can do so much to change opportunities for kids who deserve the same chance in life that ours have had.

Mike & Suzanne Pawley

 OAM, BSc Dip.ed, Life member NSWCA

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