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Within a rural village sits Lotus House. It is more than a community centre - it's a school, a hub for learning that caters to the whole community

Lotus House was built in 2016 in Opheakspea Village, Siem Reap. Over 200 students, most from disadvantaged families attend English classes 6 days a week. Trained Khmer teachers are employed to give the kids the best possible education that will give them better prospects for their future.

Why is English so important in a rural area?

Poverty is a cycle that is extremely difficult to break. Many families just keep repeating this cycle with no hope of ever breaking free. The key to a better future comes with opportunities and education. Lotus House offers these opportunities. This is one of the reasons it was built in this remote area.

English is an important language to learn, it's universal and better equips kids once they get out in the workforce. Their prospects are broadened and they are more able to support their family and help raise them out of their situation of poverty. The whole family benefit! Kids generally relocate to city areas where they can obtain employment in many industries they feel they can discover after learning English - their confidence grows through this one skill.

Some kids will also have the opportunity to move into higher education through sponsorships and scholarships. They all aim to achieve this but there are students who wish to say living and working within their community

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