We are an Australian charity that works with Cambodian communities to provide growth though education.
At Harvest Cambodia, we believe that education is a powerful tool that can transform the lives of individuals and entire communities. We are committed to working with Stepping Stones School in Cambodia to provide the resources and support necessary to ensure that all students have access to quality education.
We believe that education empowers individuals to make positive changes in their lives, and that this can have a ripple effect throughout their families and communities. Through training and financial support, we aim to create a sustainable educational environment that will enable the next generation of Cambodian students to achieve their full potential. We believe that education is a fundamental human right, and that by working together, we can create a brighter future for all.
We have been providing access to quality education and teacher training at Stepping Stones School for over 10 years.
Harvest Cambodia is an Australian charity that was established in 2010 by teachers, Doug and Izzy Shobbrook. Izzy had previously volunteered in Cambodia and was moved by the lack of access to education and teacher training that she witnessed. Together with Sok So, a local Khmer teacher, they decided to work towards providing better educational opportunities for young Cambodians.
One of the main projects of Harvest Cambodia is supporting Stepping Stones School, a non-for profit school located in the rural village of Kok Thnort. The school was established in 2011 and provides education to over 500 students from the surrounding area. The school also provides a safe and supportive environment for children to learn and grow, as well as access to sports programs and basic healthcare. Harvest Cambodia has played a significant role in the establishment and ongoing support of Stepping Stones School, providing funding for construction, teacher salaries, ongoing resources for education as well as providing teacher training programs and curriculum and operational support.
Harvest Cambodia's work with Stepping Stones School has had a significant impact on the local community. The school has provided opportunities for education and personal growth for children who may not have had access to education otherwise. Many children who attend Stepping Stones School have gone on to pursue further education and become leaders in their communities. The school has also played a role in improving healthcare and nutrition outcomes for children, as well as providing a sense of community and support for families in the area. Overall, Harvest Cambodia's work with Stepping Stones school has been a testament to the power of education and sustainable development in improving the lives of those affected by poverty.
Harvest Cambodia works with Stepping Stones Cambodia to provide teacher training programs that help the staff develop their skills and confidence.
An essential part of these programs involves training and mentorship from experienced teachers.
Classes at Stepping Stones School are taught by young Cambodians from the local village who have varying levels of experience and training.
The teachers at the school are very keen to improve their skills and learn from university educated teachers from Australia.
If you are a teacher (past or present), you can be part of a two week village school visit which will involve working with the teachers at Stepping Stones School on their identified needs. These needs may include; classroom management, lesson planning, differentiating lessons and student engagement.
This is an opportunity for you to bring your own knowledge and skills, sharing them with Cambodian teachers in a fun, relaxed and meaningful way. The school placement can also contribute towards your annual professional development requirements.
Harvest has put together a package for Australian teachers to join a training tour to Cambodia for 10 days. The package is designed to provide you with a comfortable holiday experience while also giving you the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the Cambodian teachers and children. The package has been developed to be as low cost as possible while still providing quality services. Built into the cost of the package is a $300 donation to be used by Stepping Stones School to meet their on-going costs, as they rely entirely on donations to operate.
Over the years, Harvest Cambodia has developed partnerships with a number of Australian schools. These partnerships have allowedAustralian students to have a meaningful connection with Stepping Stones School and Kok Thnort Village. The students have been able to learn about the needs of the village, fundraise, complete practical projects in the village and have ongoing, lasting friendships friendships with teenagers in Kok Thnort.
We believe that these experiences can be life changing for young Australians and give them a foundation for future work, travel and service to others.A number of students have already returned to Stepping Stones multiple times.
Please contact us if you would like to learn more about how we could partner with your school.