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Books for Cambodia is a New Zealand based charitable trust that supports education and libraries in rural school communities in Cambodia. Books for Cambodia sources books, facilitates access to librarian training, and renovates or establishes libraries, in rural schools, with the support of the school community. The trustees and Pacific Discovery cover all administrative costs associated with Books for Cambodia so that 100% of funds donated to Books for Cambodia is spent on purchasing books, training teachers as librarians and establishing or renovating libraries and in supporting our local partners who provide ongoing assistance to the librarians and schools in Cambodia.

Who are we?

We are a group of people who, having visited Cambodia, wanted to contribute to the development of that country.

The Trust was initiated by Jennie Wilson, a former Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) volunteer in Cambodia who has also led many Pacific Discovery trips in the region. The other trustees visited schools in Takeo province on VSA/Pacific Discovery trips.

BOOKS FOR CAMBODIA TRUST is a registered charitable trust. Our New Zealand Charities Commission number is CC11467.

We regard child protection of the utmost importance and work with our Cambodian partners to promote educational opportunities for children with the aim of reducing the risk of exploitation and harm.


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Our Cambodian Partners

The Trust couldn’t operate without skilled committed local partners in Cambodia. For the first seven years Meas Siphen and her husband Im Mach provided valuable guidance and support to the work of book buying improving the physical environment of the libraries, and training and on-going support to the librarians. Both were secondary school teachers in the Takeo province where the trust commenced its work. Siphen and Mach have now moved to the US to support their son in his engineering studies.

Tim Savin has now taken up the Local Coordinator role with the Takeo schools. Savin is an English teacher at Nea Reay Secondary School on the border of the Takeo and Kampot provinces. He will continue teaching part-time as well as working for the trust.

In the Kampot province we have developed a working partnership with two local organizations Samaki in 2013 and Chum Kriel Language School in 2015.

Samaki works in three clusters of rural schools near Kampot town. In addition to community development activities, they have developed a portable library system that provides a box of books for each class ineach school.

Chum Kriel another local organization operating since 2005 offers a range of services including a learning centre for over 100 students, a library with books shared with local schools, english language and computer classes.

Mach and Siphen (together with their extended family) provide a family homestay to participants of Discover Cambodia trips in Cambodia. The time in their home is, for many, the highlight of their trip.

Trustees include

Jennie Wilson, Nelson, NZ (Chair)
Dee Cresswell, Motueka (Treasurer)
Carolyn Coxhead, Melbourne, Australia (Secretary)
Michaela Round, Thames, NZ
Mary Kroch, Nelson

BOOKS FOR CAMBODIA is a New Zealand registered Charitable Trust, reg no. CC11467.
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