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Sustainable Schools International invests in education for rural economic development in Cambodia. In order to stop child exploitation before it starts.
When young people have reliable access to education, the results drive positive changes at the village level and through the society as a whole--stimulating economic growth, improving social justice, increasing health and wellbeing, and maintaining the nation’s cultural heritage.
SSI founder Kari Grady Grossman is a school donor and the adoptive mother of a Cambodian child. Kari has used her own experience to develop a methodology to address the education crisis by empowering local communities.
SSI works hand in hand with local communities in Cambodia to create vital, sustainable educational institutions. After ten years, we have 2500 students in primary school; the 9th grade graduation rate has increased six-fold; we have 34 students (half girls) in our Leadership Academy, three of whom will graduate college in 2015 and will return to their villages to start businesses and provide needed services.
Building schools from the inside out is the SSI model: it involves providing reliable access to education, developing local leaders, and assuring sustainability.