Community members of Prek Toal, Cambodia held a ceremony in January to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new primary school after a six-year fundraising effort by the Rustic Pathways Foundation.
Prek Toal is a floating village located in the northwest corner of the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in the region, that feeds into the Mekong River. The school, like all floating structures in the village, rises and falls with the river. It had slowly been sinking for years.
After the first few months of construction, the school’s frame is nearly complete. It’s scheduled for completion later this spring.
Rustic Pathways first partnered with the Prek Toal community in 2012. Learn more about the story of the Prek Toal Primary School in the graphic below.
Students can learn more about the Prek Toal community and life in this unique floating village during our Floating Village Service Expedition.
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Born in London and raised in St. Louis, Naomi learned the importance of global citizenship and community building at an early age. Her passion for these things and her love of travel led her to Rustic —first as a student and again in 2013 after graduating from the University of Southern California with degrees in fine art and marketing. When Naomi is not managing the Rustic Pathways brand or packing her bags for yet another adventure, you can find her learning about sustainable agriculture, cultivating fruits and vegetables in her garden, or catering intimate dinner parties for family and new friends.