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Highlights from Kravanh, Cambodia

The education projects in Kravanh, Cambodia have been running since 2008 with great support from Trivani Foundation and critical support from the local community – including the in-country director for Trivani Foundation, teachers, parents and students.

Here is a montage of highlights from the educational programming which speaks to the success of the village of Kravanh.

The Krvanh Bright Future Center

The Kravanh Bright Future Center (KBFC) is a school program which gives students the opportunity to get additional support for their studies.  They are guided as they strive to reach their academic and career goals.  To date, there are 300 students, 115 of whom are girls.  There are 30 classes offered a day which are managed by 10 full-time staff and 6 part-time staff.

Student Outreach Program

The local outreach program serves 670 students, 323 of whom are girls.  Currently they are taking classes in 12 schools and communities and are taught by 13 teachers.  The dedication of these teachers is what gives these students an additional boost for their learning. 



October 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

CHOICE-Trivani Empowers Isolated Village – Madi, Nepal

Madi is an isolated village in the Chitwan district of Nepal.  While Chitwan is considered a developed district, Madi in contrast is quite undeveloped with limited infrastructure and health services.  It is bordered on three sides by dense forested hills and separated from Chitwan by two rivers.  The people of Madi are often challenged to travel in and out of the village during monsoon season, when the rivers swell beyond their banks.  Villagers wait hours for the river to become passable, and even then crossing the river is usually only possible on the back of an elephant or in a buffalo-drawn cart.

Below, Chandra Adhikari, a CHOICE-Trivani in-country team leader, recounts the contributions made to the remote village of Madi through this humanitarian partnership, including improvements to indoor air quality, increased educational opportunities and economic development.

Bio-Gas Digesters for Cleaner Air and Healthy Lungs

CHOICE Humanitarian started working in Madi in 2005. Presently, CHOICE is trying hard to reduce the indoor air pollution problems by building biogas digesters. So far, more than fifteen hundred Bio-Gas digesters have been built in different areas of Nepal to make smoke-free kitchens. Out of these fifteen hundred Bio-Gas digesters, Madi alone has more than three hundred!

See the impact of Bio-Gas stoves in this montage filimed and produced by CHOICE  Nepal and Rebekah Sosa.


August 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

Empower 5k Trail Run – A Race for Education

Nonprofit organizations are constantly being created by individuals who have passion for a cause and see a way to make a difference, but haven’t found the perfect medium through which to impact change.  Prior to creating a nonprofit organization, wise individuals search for existing nonprofit, for profit or governmental organizations that might be working in a related field.  For example, if you want to be involved in your local community to raise awareness about breast cancer or improve the lives of women with breast cancer, you might first turn to the Susan G. Komen Foundation – an enormous, globally recognized organization dedicated to research, raising awareness and improving the lives of women who have survived breast cancer or who are fighting to beat it.  If, however, the organization is not taking on new projects or your mission deviates, then you may have to turn to your own devices – which is what I’ve done.

I was introduced back in February.  My name is Rai Farrelly and I am the blog coordinator for Trivani Foundation.  This week, Trivani is letting me tell my story and promote my first ever attempt at fundraising for my cuase.  Two years ago I traveled to Tanzania to work with an organization that was building a school of environment and society education.    Unfortunately, as the plan was to engage in language teacher education and there were no teachers available to train, I found myself in a village (having prepaid for lodging and food) with no work to do.  I made the most of my time – getting to know the villagers, the languages, the culture and exploring the area.  

Visiting Lucas' mom and meeting a kid

The connections I made during this first year drew me back for another visit in the summer of 2009.  During this trip, I met the chief of Mgaraganza, a village next to the one I had lived in the previous year.  In conversations with this chief and the community council, I offered six scholarships to children who excelled in primary school, passed their secondary school entrance exams and have a strong desire to go to secondary school – but couldn’t due to extreme poverty.  Additionally, I offered to raise funds for a year to build a primary school classroom for their overcrowded primary school.  This is when they informed me that for the five incorporated villages that this chief was responsible for, there was no secondary school.  Students who go to secondary school walk up to an hour each way to go to a school in the neighboring municipality.  Instead of a classroom for their primary school, they asked if I would consider helping them with the monumntal task of  building a secondary school. (more…)

May 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Olongo Water Project Brings Fresh Water to Children in Philippines

Almost 850 elementary school children in two rural Philippines villages are celebrating newly installed water systems that now bring potable running water to their schools.  This is a dream come true for the teachers, administrators and parents who have long wished for access to clean water for the school children.  Erwin Boiser, the in-country director for Trivani Philippines shares the emotion of the festivities wherein school staff, children and parents recently celebrated the water systems with ribbong cuttings, speeches, dances and tears of joy.

We successfully turned over two water systems – one in Tungasan, an elementary school with 271 students and another in POO, an elementary school with 470+ students.

The Tungasan turn over ceremony was attended by some teachers, parents, a Barangay official and the student government president. It was extra special as the first time that the Department of Education was able to send a representative to personally thank Trivani Foundation in realizing a long time dream to have a potable water supply for the schools in the island. Mr. Dionisio Lood was teary eyed as he recalled that when he was still teaching on the island it was hard for the pupils to get water to water their ground and for their washing.  Now he is so proud of the development in the schools that have installed their water system – not just for the benefit of the pupils but for the nearby community. (more…)

March 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots – A Closer Look

Trivani Foundation superstar, Megan McMillan visited the Centro de Esperanza in Oaxaca, Mexico.  She investigated the fabulous work the Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots (OSCG) organization is doing for families in the area.  OSCG impacts the families of 600 children and success stories abound!  Some of the program’s former students have gone on to become lawyers, doctors, teachers and engineers!  Below, Megan recounts her visit to the Centro de Esperanza and the homes of some of the children’s families.  Find out what it’s all about as Megan shares her story:


On the first day of my trip to Oaxaca, I visited the Centro de Esperanza Infantil with board member Dave Slaymaker as my host. This center provides children of all ages the opportunity to study computer skills, English, Math and Spanish.  There is also a full scale Kindergarten on site. In addition, parents of the children who are enrolled in the program can volunteer on-site by cooking in the kitchen, cleaning or offering childcare for parents who work.  All students as well as parents who contribute time as volunteers are provided with two meals per day. 


March 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

Message from Cambodia- Focus on Education!

Our Vision:

We want to see children live in peace and security with access to education and opportunity to succeed.

Our mission:

To support the right for vulnerable children to achieve an education and develop their full potential.

Trivani projects in Cambodia were started February 2008 and focus on the quality of education. Quality of education is very important for this country because the entire education system was destroyed in the war, and many well-educated people were killed. These factors contributed to high illiteracy and widespread poverty.

These days, poverty is one of the main causes for children dropping out of school. Poor parents cannot send their children to school because they need the children to stay home and help the family generate income. Moreover, parents cannot afford to buy the study materials and bicycles that their children need to get to school. Additionally, there are very few schools in the district and they are located very far from people’s homes, especially the secondary school and high school. Normally, the students have to spend one or two hours each way traveling to school by bicycle.

The quality of education is poor. Being a state-school teacher is not a well-paid job, so most teachers have to teach private classes to earn extra income. As a result, teachers are careless at their regular state-school classes. If students want to learn more, get good instruction, and succeed on their tests, they have to pay the extra money for private classes. In total there are 15,095 students, including 7140 females, studying in 56 schools in Kravanh. And now just about 600 students are benefiting from the projects, so there are so many students waiting for our urgent response.

In our projects here, Trivani Foundation (TF) partners with Sustainable Cambodia (SC) to change and improve the children and parents’ life.

SC plays a very important role in community development projects (home life) and TF focuses on improving the quality of education (school life). As a result of our efforts, in 2008-2009 we saw the benefits of this vision: students who come to school every day and the families who get more income with hope.

After studying the real situations and difficulties, we came up with an idea to solve these problems by starting the priority need first–a school construction project.

But more about that later.

Chandimang Hing,

Trivani Cambodia country manager

November 20, 2009 at 9:51 am Leave a comment


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