PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Ford Motor Company and long-time dealer partner, RMA Cambodia are going further during the ninth annual Ford Global Week of Caring. Asia-Pacific Business Development Manager David Loflin organized the event to build a new library for the students of the Koh Thom Primary School, located in the Sdok Bravek community in rural western Cambodia. More than 40 volunteers from Ford and RMA Cambodia attended the ground breaking ceremony and participated in the initial construction of the library.
“Once built, the new building will be a valuable learning resource for the students for their community as a whole,” said Loflin. “Education will open new opportunities for these children, who live a great distance from the major learning centers. We hope this library will help play a key role in their future success.”
Home to more than 300 families, the remote community’s only primary school does not currently have a library for its nearly 200 students. Ford and RMA Cambodia in recent months identified this need and pledged to plan and construct a new library building for the school as part of the Global Week of Caring.
“We pledge our continuing support to the people of Cambodia and will continue to identify opportunities like this library project and our ongoing nationwide water well construction program,” said D.J. Simpson, Ford district sales manager. “It is a brand promise that we give back to the communities in the markets in which operate. This is a great example of how we are going further in Cambodia.”
In addition to the Global Week of Caring, Ford and RMA Cambodia have invested to build water wells in the Cambodian provinces of Takeo and Kampong Speu as part of Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants Program. The program provides clean water to rural communities previously lacking access to reliable or safe water supplies.
“We continue to expand the Ford brand, not through traditional marketing, but by giving back to the Khmer people,” said Seng Voeung, Ford division manager, RMA Cambodia. “We are committed to investing in the youth of Cambodia and increasing educational opportunities throughout the country.”
The event was attended by the Governor of Rukhak Kiri district, Pich Malay. “Thank you to Ford and RMA Cambodia for your support to build the library here at Koh Tom Primary School,” he said. “Bettering the education of our youth is a key initiative through Cambodia, especially in Rukha Kirk district. I thank both companies for your pledge support of this community.”
Ford and RMA Cambodia also donated sport supplies, education packets and hygiene products to the 200 students of the school. “Today, we have begun to better the education of these children. I know we made a difference in their lives today,” said Loflin.
Ford Asia-Pacific dealers will hold charitable events during the Global Week of Caring. Just a few of the events include volunteering at an orphanage in Malaysia, painting a library in Guam, and beach restoration in Tahiti.