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AmaWaterways is pleased to announce the opening of the ODA Free Village English School in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia in association with ODA – the Orphans and Disabled Arts Association. Through financial support to the school, AmaWaterways sponsorship brings critical English-language skills to local children of grammar-school age to help improve their lives and assist with subsequent employment pportunities.
AmaWaterways passengers 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.

Local dignitaries, village residents and school children attended the official opening of classes at the ODA Free Village English School in the spring of 2011 in conjunction with the commencement of Cambodian New Year. Festivities included a chanted blessing by local monks; traditional Apsara dances by the school children, games, food as well as speeches by school officials. Surrounded by the famous temples of Angkor, the area is uniquely tied to the Khmer culture and relies primarily on tourism.

AmaWaterways is proud to sponsor this English school. Our passengers derive much enjoyment from visiting this remarkable part of the world, known for its stunning temple complexes. Many are very touched by the warmth of the local children, and we are honored to participate in such a constructive and lasting project

Passengers often ask if there is something they can bring from home to donate to the ODA Free Village English School during their visit. If you are interested in making a contribution, we suggest basic school supplies, such as pencils, erasers, pens, chalk, small notebooks, post-itnotes, dry erase markers and highlighters.

Thank You!