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|The Buddhist library promotes the practice of compassion through its outreach work under Buddhist Library Asia Project (BLAP). Buddhist Library Asia Project is an apex body formed in 2013 to consolidate our outreach work which will be spread across Asia in the near future. Until now, our main focus was on Cambodia through Project Cambodia that was initiated by the Buddhist library in 2005.
Cambodia is a Buddhist country whose kind and gentle people have experienced great suffering and hardship in recent years. In order to provide some of the basic needs of the school children, Project Cambodia works on providing drinking water, dental and education facilities, mostly for the schools in remote areas of Kampot, Kompong Speu and Takeo provinces. Unlike many charities where donations can be gobbled up in administration costs, 100% of donations for Project Cambodia go directly to the actual projects. The administration costs are funded by the Buddhist Library Trustees.
|Click on the image on the left to watch a documentary on Project Cambodia which was first telecast on Asia Pacific Focus Programme of ABC 1 channel. Here, the Chairman of the Trustees of the Buddhist Library Sydney, Paget Sayers describes the expansion of Project Cambodia since its inception in 2005.|
This is by far Project Cambodia’s main focus, providing clean drinking water to villages. Children in these villages used to share well water with farm animals and the project funds the building of concrete water tanks in various parts of Cambodia.
|A student fills the water bucket from the rain water tank||
Our 1006th water tank was ceremonially opened by the Ambassador of Australia to Cambodia in 2008
By the end of March 2013, we had built over 5214 concrete water tanks. We add 100 -150 tanks a month depending on donations
All our schools have buckets in every class room. Two students are appointed as monitors to keep the buckets full.
Many Cambodian children miss out on government schooling. Project Cambodia project sets up and administers schools and educational classes, providing non-formal education in the form of skills to help Cambodian children find employment in the growing economy. Classes include computer skills, English language and sewing.
|We set up well equipped computer classes in Takeo and Kampong Speu provinces where expenses on teacher salaries are met by the Buddhist library’s Cambodia project.||Their dearest wish is to learn to read and write. For the first time, these kids in our non-formal class were given picture books and a teacher to learn Khmer.||Imagine the delight of this new Khmer class to have coloured picture books in Khmer. They are taught for 4 hours a day.||Students of non formal classes learning to read a newspaper.|
Project Cambodia has a committed team of dentists, volunteer dentists and dental assistants who offer dental treatment to patients in various areas in Cambodia. This includes a mobile clinic to access to more rural areas of Cambodia.
|We have a dental clinic in Kampot and in Kompong Speu province treating over 1000 children a month.Our mobile clinic shown reaches out to outlying schools for kids with dental problems.|
To view the latest news and progress on Project Cambodia, click here.
We welcome donations to Project Cambodia and all donations are tax-deductible.