The Harpswell Foundation’s mission is to equip young women in Southeast Asia with leadership skills, education, and a supportive network.
We envision a new generation of women leaders who create and inspire positive social change.
We believe that educated women with leadership ability constitute the most powerful force to bring about social and economic change in the world.
We focus on a relatively small number of the brightest young women with leadership potential and we support that potential.
We run two residential leadership centers for young university women in Cambodia, and a leadership training program in Malaysia for young professional women from the ten ASEAN countries across Southeast Asia.
Facts and Figures:
Harpswell graduates include doctors, lawyers, journalists, pharmacists, chemists, midwives, psychologists, social workers, engineers, teachers, professors, government staff, bankers, architects, business entrepreneurs and NGO executives.
of current students are the first generation in their families to attend university
of alumnae reported that they were among the top 10 students in their university class
of alumnae have master’s degrees
of alumnae feel that Harpswell has helped them become a leader
“On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Kingdom of Cambodia, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the works of the Harpswell Foundation and its founder Professor Alan Lightman. The Harpswell Foundation has created the opportunity for hundreds of bright young Cambodian women from rural areas to study at university in Phnom Penh and, more than this, has helped put them on the path to leadership. The Harpswell dormitories and academic programs which I have visited, provide these young women with a unique opportunity to learn in a supportive community.”
– Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodian Minister of Education, Youth and Sport