PONHEARY LY FOUNDATION

We will educate our children. We will do it one by one, step by step

Austin, TX   |  www.theplf.org

Mission

Our mission is to locate and serve the many children in Cambodia who live in the poorest rural villages and do not have access to equitable schooling opportunities. We champion a holistic approach to education. Beyond enriching the school curriculum, we provide our students with uniforms, nutritious meals, medical care, clean water, library books, access to transportation & more .

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Lori Carlson

Main address

Po Box 17034

Austin, TX 78760 USA

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EIN

20-4277315

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Vocational Technical (B30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Our approach

We believe in a holistic approach to support children living in poverty.

Our work begins in Primary school with breakfast and wellness/hygiene/sanitation projects, teacher assistance, electrification of schools & continues with transport to secondary schools and access to Learning Centers where students can take afternoon classes to round out their public school education (here they can enroll in English, Technology, Lifeskill workshops, visit lending libraries, join research and study groups, and take eLearning courses). High School scholarships, career counseling & extra classes are also available for grade 12 students along with other workshops to plan their futures. University Scholarships or support at Vo-Tech training can be applied for after graduation from High School.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Extremely poor people
People of Southeast Asian descent
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Ministry of Education, Cambodia 2020

Awards

Education Excellence Award 2017

World of Children

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve more than 2,800 students in grades kindergarten through University and their communities in rural northern Cambodia.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Post COVID, reprioritizing language classes-switching our English classes with Remedial Khmer language (mother tongue) to get students caught up after 17 months of school closures.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    In the communities where we work the power over what kinds of services are rendered and how has always been in their hands. These are remote, impoverished communities where the adults do not have any education. The education of their children is of the utmost importance to them as it is the family's way out of poverty.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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PONHEARY LY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 12/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lori Carlson

Ponheary Ly Foundation

Sharon Miro

Ponheary Ly Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/18/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/18/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.