AmaWaterways is the proud sponsor of the ODA Free Village English School in Siem Reap, Cambodia, established in 2011 in association with Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA). Our financial support to the school brings critical English-language skills to local children of grammar-school age to help improve their lives and assist with subsequent employment opportunities.
Surrounded by the famous temples of Angkor, the Siem Reap area is uniquely tied to the Khmer culture and relies primarily on tourism. AmaWaterways guests touring the Angkor Archaeological Park as part of their 16-day "Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong" itinerary are given the opportunity to visit the school during their excursion to the nearby Banteay Srei temple.
We are extremely honored to participate in such a constructive and lasting project as this life-changing school. We encourage all AmaWaterways guests to visit this remarkable part of the world, known for its stunning temple complexes and the friendly people who live there.
HELPING FROM HOME
Our generous guests often ask if there is anything they can bring from home to donate to the ODA Free Village English School. There are more than 600 children enrolled in the school, so there are never enough books or educational materials to go around. If you are interested in making a contribution, we suggest:
Basic school supplies - pencils with erasers, erasers, pens, chalk, small notebooks, jumbo felt tip pens, post-it notes, dry erase markers (and blue and red ink refills), exercise books, highlighters, building blocks, large threading beads, paints, simple wooden jigsaw puzzles, laminated write-and-wipe books, UNO cards, and very simple storybooks with lots of pictures.
Personal hygiene supplies: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and mini tubes of toothpaste.
If you prefer to make an online donation, please visit:
All donations made through this website are processed and collected by Project Kids Art, a 501(c)(3) registered in the United States. Donations made by U.S. citizens are tax-deductible. Funds are distributed to four village schools in the Siem Reap area, including the ODA Free Village English School. When making your donation, please make a note on PayPal's Additional Comments field which reads "AmaWaterways Free English School."