PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Ford Motor Company and its partner RMA Cambodia celebrated the official opening of a new library constructed for the Sdock Provek community in rural western Cambodia on Thursday 8 May.
As part of Ford’s annual Global Week of Caring initiative, last September Ford and RMA Cambodia identified the primary school of Koh Thom and pledged to plan and construct a new library building for its nearly 200 students. The remote community of Sdock Provek is home to more than 300 families.
At the library’s opening ceremony, Ford and RMA executives were joined by the entire Sdock Provek community, which included the students, teachers and administrators of the Koh Thom primary school.
“This new library provides a valuable new educational resource for the students of Koh Thom,” said DJ Simpson, sales director, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company. “It will help bring about long-term benefit for the community of Sdock Provek.”
The partners have also donated all of the items needed to properly outfit the library, such as books, bookshelves, chairs and tables, as well as 250 education kits that include books and stationary.
In addition to the construction of the library building during the last eight months, Ford and RMA have also dug a canal in order to improve the water-flow system around the school, built a new entrance gate to the school, and a football field for the students to play in.
“Together with our partner, RMA Cambodia, we are proud of our contributions to the people of Cambodia and our efforts to help create a better world,” said Simpson.
Each year in September, thousands of employee volunteers from Ford and its dealer and business partners join together for the company’s annual Global Week of Caring to implement community service projects around the world that help improve people’s lives in local communities.
Pich Malai, District Governor of Rukkhakiri, Cambodia, Seng Voeung, general manager, RMA Cambodia, DJ Simpson, sales director, Ford Asia Pacific Emerging Markets and David Loflin, business development manager, Ford Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, at the ceremonial handover of the new library.