Andy Booth is a self-made man. Coming from an agricultural area on the Welsh-English border, Andy was the first pupil in living memory to go to Oxford University from his school, where he studied physics at Wadham College. Combining a successful sporting career with an extremely successful business career led him to retire in his 30s, and begin an extended trip around the world to celebrate his retirement.
Coming to Cambodia, Andy fell in love with the people, and was strongly affected by the contrast between the tourist dollars flowing through Siem Reap city, and the poverty of Siem Reap province, particularly the lack of education opportunities. While visiting Cambodia, Andy met David Chase, a New York-based property developer who had survived cancer and had re-examined his life priorities as a result. David had also fallen in love with Cambodia, and firmly belived that the best way to help the country forward is to help its children.
Prey Chrouk is a small town about 45km from Siem Reap. In common with many smaller provincial towns, the town used to have only a single (primary) school, and children of secondary school age had to travel to Siem Reap to continue their education, which resulted in most children dropping out of formal education after Grade 6. Joining forces, Andy and David donated money to build a secondary school in Prey Chrouk, which opened in 2006. ABOUTAsia Schools supplied volunteers to Prey Chrouk until 2015, and continues to assist with teaching materials. ABOUTAsia staff have even helped with the painting of the school.
Since building Prey Chrouk, we have seen many schools built with the aid of generous overseas donations, but no ongoing commitment from those donors. Up until 2019, we were supporting many schools in Siem Reap province through the provision of teaching materials (chalk, pencils, books, etc.), teacher training and supplying school uniforms. However we have now shifted our focus to create a new Scholarship program with École d'Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule so that we can have a greater impact on students' higher education and future earning potential.
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