October 11, 2020: We are excited to announce that the Harpswell Foundation received a grant through The Asia Foundation to provide scholarships to 15 young women from low-income backgrounds and impoverished areas in Cambodia. This five-year program will support the entire incoming class of Harpswell first-year university students to pursue their undergraduate studies in [...]
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Most of us have stories of teachers, in formal or informal schooling, who saw our potential, encouraged us, or were just there when we needed someone most. We curated stories from Harpswell staff, Board of Trustees, and alumnae about teachers who have had a significant impact on their lives. There is no single word to [...]
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 773 million adults and young people lack basic literacy skills globally. An estimated 1.1 billion students have experienced disruption to their education due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 11 million girls may not return to school this year. These challenges are stark, but [...]
August 3, 2020: Harpswell students and staff met with U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy and his family. The visit began with brief and warm welcome remarks by Country Director Moul Samneang, followed by student introductions. The students gave a brief overview of Harpswell including community spirit, English classes, computer classes, critical thinking discussion classes, [...]
According to the United Nations, there are 1.2 billion young people between 15-24 years old globally. From Greta Thunberg to Malala Yousafzai, youth are driving global action to address key challenges to building a sustainable, equitable, and just world. In Cambodia, young women from the Harpswell Foundation are engaged in a variety of initiatives and [...]
Harpswell students keep busy throughout the school year. Many have internships, participate in competitions, and engage in other leadership activities for personal and professional development. We sat down with Meas Socheata ‘21 to talk about her internship at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Socheata supported the Front Office (FO), which included the U.S. [...]
There are many stories of Harpswell mothers supporting their daughters’ education, but not as many about fathers. Harpswell student, Chheng Usa ‘20, shares her story for Father’s Day. "My father’s name is Chheng Loch, and he is the Vice-Deputy Village Chief. Due to the Khmer Rouge regime, my father was unable to complete high school. [...]
June 8, 2020: The Harpswell Foundation stands in solidarity with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the all too many others who have lost their lives due to systemic racism in the United States and around the world. The time to end hate crimes, senseless loss of life and to reform [...]
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges for learning. According to UNESCO, nearly 743 million girls are out-of-school of whom more than 111 million live countries that struggled to improve girls’ access to education prior to the pandemic. School closures will likely increase school dropouts, disproportionately affecting girls. Girls who are out of school are [...]
May 4, 2020: We are happy to announce that Sia Moua has joined the Harpswell team as Communications Officer. She has more than 10 years of cross-sector experience, primarily in communications and project management roles. Sia previously volunteered with the Peace Corps in Mauritania to advance girls education and empower women. You can read [...]