ASAP Lawyers is very proud to support a local school and surrounding community in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Not surprisingly, perhaps, it is also known as ASAP, standing for Australia SiemReap Alliance Project. The Project is funded by contributions from numerous ASAP team members, friends and business associates. The primary goal of the Project has been the funding and support of after-hours English classes (with over 120 enrolments) and music classes (for the whole school) in the rural village of Preah Dak (or “Pradak”), about 15 kilometres north of Siem Reap.
The motivation behind the Project is that one of the best ways a young, Khmer person can “get ahead”, in an otherwise underprivileged society, is to have a working knowledge of basic English- for better or worse, the language of much of the business undertaken in the region. ASAP engages Cambodian born English teachers to help local students get ahead. The Project has also expanded to assisting the school more generally by providing basic educational material (books, pens, pencils), sporting equipment (balls and uniforms), indigenous musical instruments, assisting with the purchase of basic resources such as lockable cabinets for every classroom in the school and the conduct of the school’s first ever sports excursion- a day trip to a local school for a round robin football tournament for both boys and girls.
The Australia SiemReap Alliance Project is entirely managed by volunteers and every dollar contributed to the project goes directly towards helping the Preah Dak community. In addition to the financial support provided by ASAP, many of our team members and supporters have (at their own cost entirely) visited the school and volunteered their time to help improve the school by teaching English, mentoring teachers, building swings and slides and painting the school.
Despite its rich history, Cambodia remains one of the poorest nations in our region, with nominal GDP per capita of $1,559 USD. It is hoped that ASAP’s small contribution within the Preah Dak community will assist, in some small way, to alleviating some of the saddening and disturbing aspect of global poverty.